As mentioned before in the baking with spelt section, spelt flour has a lower glycemic index compared to the usual wheat flour used to make bread. The lower GI helps to moderate the effect that starches, like bread, has on blood sugar levels. Spelt is a good substitute for regular flour in diabetic recipes. However, the bread obviously still has carbohydrates, so it needs to be eaten in moderation and watching portion control.
Makes 1 - 9"x5" standard bread loaf (OR a medium round loaf)
Plan ahead: this bread needs 18-24 hours to rise. This isn't optional; it really does need that amount of time to develop taste and texture ... instead of kneading the bread, you'll be letting nature do the work instead. Luckily it only takes 5 minutes to put together.
After 18-24 hours, you'll see that the dough is full of bubbles (this will form the open crumb of the bread - so yummy) and probably looks even wetter than it did when you mixed it.
You can choose to either:
If using a regular loaf pan:Grease the pan well (coconut oil works great, but you can use any kind you want). Pour the dough in and let it rest for another hour or so. Then pre-heat the oven to 425 F. If you'd like a chewier top crust, you can also lightly baste the top of the loaf with oil. Sprinkle the loaf with the chia seeds, if using. Put the loaf pan in the pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and baked through.
If using a covered, cast-iron pot (3.5 quarts is a good size):There's no need to grease a seasoned cast-iron pot. Pre-heat the oven to 450 F. Place the empty pot, covered, into the pre-heated over for 15 minutes. Remove the empty pot from the oven, take off the lid, and pour in the dough (be careful, the pot is very hot!). Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Then remove the cover and bake another 15-20 minutes.
When you remove the bread from the oven, you should be able to hear the crust 'crackling' as it cools down. If you can resist, wait 15-20 minutes before cutting into the bread - this will help prevent the dough from becoming gummy when you cut it.
This deliciously crispy, no-knead spelt bread can be part of your diabetes diet plan - but plan accordingly, as it's hard to eat just one slice especially when it's fresh out of the oven! Test your blood sugar levels after consuming the bread until you are confident you know how your body reacts. Be sure to consult with your doctor or diabetes educator if you need help adjusting your eating plan or medication. There are also many other cookbooks with tasty spelt recipes.