After the disastrous adventure into spelt baking, I went back to the drawing board and decided that we didn’t especially like a whole spelt loaf. Nick liked it because it was crunchy. It does have a nice flavor though, just not for us.
This time I decided to make a 50% spelt bread and turned to Hamelman’s Bread for inspiration. He has a honey spelt recipe that I Wendy-ized.
250 grams Whole Spelt Flour
250 grams KA Bread Flour
100 grams Wheat Starter
300 grams water
40 grams honey
10 grams salt
7 grams SAF yeast
Hamelman mixes his in a mixer but I did mine by hand, again following my usual sourdough method.
Mixing the starter, flours, water and honey, I let the dough autolyse for 30 minutes. After adding the yeast and salt, I did six minutes of slap and folds on the counter….and no jokes about the shape!
The dough was feeling pretty good and shaped into a nice dome. It was elastic and supple although wet hands did help with the handling.
Into the proofing bucket for a two hour bulk fermentation. At the one hour stage the dough had almost doubled in bulk so I took it out…per the recipe….and did a few stretch and folds. After gently degassing and pressing down, it went back into the proofing container for only another 30 minutes this using the yeast really speeds up the fermentation.
Lots of bubbles on the dough when I dumped it on the counter for shaping. After a 10 minute rest I pushed it around a bit till it formed a nice dome and taut skin. Then into the oat lined banneton that I was inspired by a post on the forum to do.
The final proof in the banneton only took as long as heating the oven….and the resulting loaf was not beautiful but extremely delicious with a slight sweetness from the honey. A much more successful bake!