Spelt sourdough bread

    16 hours 5 min

    If you have your own sourdough starter, try this easy wholesome spelt bread. I mix the dough the evening before and bake it the next morning.

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    Makes: 1 loaf

    • 500g wholemeal spelt flour
    • 130g sourdough starter, at room temperature
    • 450 to 500ml buttermilk, at room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 teaspoons bread spice mix (see footnote) or nigella seeds
    • 40g raw pumpkin seeds
    • 40g raw sunflower seeds

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Extra time:15hr rising  ›  Ready in:16hr5min 

    1. The evening before, add all the ingredients except the seeds in a large plastic container. Stir well to combine, depending on how much liquid the spelt flour absorbs, us a little more or a little less buttermilk. The dough is very stick and moist. Cover with the lid and let sit overnight at room temperature.
    2. The next morning knead at low speed with an electric mixer for 5 minutes. The dough is still very moist and sticky but that's all right.
    3. Grease the bottom and sides of a 2lb (900g/27.5cm) loaf tin very well and line the bottom with greaseproof paper. Scatter about 2/3 of the seeds in the loaf tin and tilt it back and forth so the seeds are evenly distributed, and and some will cling to the sides.
    4. Tip the dough into the tin. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place until the dough has risen almost to the top of the tin, about 2 to 3 hours. Depending on how powerful your sourdough starter is, it might not rise as much.
    5. Preheat the oven to 200 C / 180 C fan / Gas 6. Adjust the oven rack in the centre of your oven.
    6. Spray the top lightly with water and scatter with the remaining seeds. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, then remove from the tin and place directly on the oven rack until evenly browned all around, about 10 more minutes.
    7. Place on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting.

    Bread spice

    German bread spice is a mix of fennel, anise, coriander and caraway seeds. Find the recipe here

    Sourdough starter

    To make your own sourdough starter, find the recipe here

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    I happened to have some stout left over so swapped about 1/2 cup of the buttermilk for stout. Great recipe and indeed very easy.  -  06 Mar 2018