Spelt Recipe: Sandwich Bread
This recipe for
easy and turns out wonderfully. Best of all, it's delicious! It has a great
crumb that doesn't fall apart and does well in the toaster. This bread also
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The lower glycemic index
of spelt flour (compared to regular wheat flour) means that it doesn't have cause blood sugar to rise quite so dramatically.
This makes spelt a good ingredient in diabetic recipes.
Spelt also has a wider range of nutrients and a lovely, 'nutty' taste. Spelt flour can be incorporated into a diet as a
natural way to help control blood sugar
for people with type 2 diabetes. Remember to enjoy in moderation;
portion sizes are still important!
Makes 2 - 9" x 5" loaves
- 1 3/4 cups of warm water
- 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
(or use regular sugar if you prefer)
- 1.5 tsp of salt
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil,
butter, or other type of oil, plus extra for greasing bowl and pans
- 2 tbsp yeast
- 1 egg, beaten
- 6 cups light/white spelt flour
- Optional: 2 tbsp chia seeds
(adds a good nutritional kick)
This bread needs to go through two rises, so leave lots of time. Total time
from start to finish is around 2.5 hours (or a little more).
- Dissolve sugar into warm water. Melt coconut oil or butter, and stir it into
the warm water mixture along with the salt.
- Stir in the yeast. Let proof for about 10 minutes until puffed and foamy.
- Stir in the beaten egg.
- Add the first five cups of spelt flour, stirring after each cup. Don't overmix.
You should be able to form a ball of dough with the mixture.
- Put the last cup of spelt flour onto a work surface. Place the dough on top,
and knead just until the flour is incorporated. Don't over-knead!
- Grease the bowl with a bit of melted coconut oil or butter. Put the dough back in the
bowl, turning it so that all sides of the dough are lightly covered in oil.
Place plastic wrap tightly over the top of the bowl and place in a warm place
to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- Grease your bread pans with a bit of melted coconut oil or olive oil (don't use
butter, as butter browns too quickly).
- Sprinkle a bit of spelt flour onto your work surface and dust your hands
slightly with with spelt. Punch down the dough. Knead it a few times (again,
don't over-work the dough). Cut the dough in half, form into loaf shape,
and place in pans.
- Sprinkle a tablespoon of chia seeds (if using) over each loaf, pressing
them lightly to make them 'stick'.
- Let the dough rise in a warm spot until the dough is just over the top
of the pan, about 30-45 minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bake the loaves in a pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.
Let sit for a few minutes before removing from the pan. Slice and enjoy!
As tempting as it may be, don't devour an entire loaf - even though this
bread usings spelt flour instead of common wheat flour, it is still
and needs to be worked into your eating plan. Make sure to monitor your blood
glucose levels (especially if this is your first time consuming spelt) so that
you are aware how your body reacts to this spelt bread, and to ensure that any
medications or insulin are adjusted appropriately. Read more about
baking with spelt or check out a few
cookbooks with tasty spelt recipes.
The information on this website is based on our own research and personal experience,
and is not a substitute for medical advice. Questions about your health and individual
situation should be directed to your doctor.