Saturday, September 26, 2009

Our Weekly Bread

Because we (Little A and me) eat a lot of bread around here, we thought it would be good to make some at home instead of always buying it.  So, I came upon a simple, foolproof recipe for Spelt Bread that turns out every time.  It's slightly sweet, very hearty, and it does not have any wheat.  Here's the recipe from The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book (I know, not the first place you'd run to for a bread recipe, but hey it's great stuff):

1 tbsp active dry yeast

1 1/4 cups warm filtered water

2 tbsp organic coconut oil, warmed to a liquid consistency

3 tbsp raw honey or brown rice syrup ( I usually do a combo of honey and agave nectar.)

1 1/2 tsp sea salt

3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups spelt flour (final amount varies on humidity)

Mix 1/4 cup warm water with yeast and let sit 

In large bowl, mix 1 cup warm water, liquified coconut, oil, honey, salt, and 1 1/2 cups of flour.  When yeast is bubbly, add it to the mixing bowl.  Beat generously for 60 seconds to develop the gluten.  Add another cup of flour gradually while stirring to make a soft dough.  

Of a floured board, knead the dough for 10 minutes while gradually adding more flour to form the dough into a round loaf.  Add enough flour to keep the dough from sticking to the board,  but not so much that it falls apart.  Form into rectangular shape, place it into a greased bread pan, and set it in  a warm place to rise for an hour.  When the dough has risen slightly, bake at 350 degrees for half an hour.  

This makes one small loaf, so I double the recipe and get two loaves out of it.  Enjoy!


  1. Hey Jeff, I like the look of the recipe. I've never baked with coconut oil or spelt, so I think I'll try it. I've gotten out of my bread habit lately. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I haven't visited your blog lately and I was happily surprised to visit and see not one but two posts! =0)
    That bread looks great, now I just have to find some spelt flour and coconut oil....

  3. Glad you guys are enjoying the recipe. Let me know how it turns out. We got spelt flour at our local Fred Meyer, the big supermarket here, and the coconut oil could be found at an asian grocery or Whole Foods.

  4. Good looking loaves there. Fishes?