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Whole Grain Spelt Bread – bake your own healthy organic whole grain spelt bread with minimum ingredients. A recipe from Germany, the land of bread!

If I were to choose the best food smell in the world, it would most definitely be the smell of freshly baked bread. Maybe it can compete with the smell of barbecue in being on the top of my chart. But the smell of homemade bread is something special to me. It’s the smell of warmth, coziness, comfort, and love. Besides the smell, there is another good thing about homemade bread.

If it is the whole grain bread, it’s really really healthy. As the grain kernel is unrefined, it’s rich in minerals, vitamins, protein, fiber and healthy fats. You know what is the most fabulous thing? You can bake it yourself.

Many people are really astonished by the fact that I don’t buy bread because I bake it myself. And every time I say: “Try it and you will be surprised with how easy it actually is”. Most of your baking bread time will be spent waiting for the dough to rest, which takes quite a while. 

To make the dough, you just need 10 min of your time and a bit of inspiration. And I think I have some for you. Doesn’t it look amazing?

Whole Grain Spelt Bread - bake your own healthy organic whole grain spelt bread with minimum ingredients. A recipe from Germany, the land of bread!

The good news is: You can do it, too! You don’t need anything like bread machines or baking stones. You don’t even need a sourdough starter. This recipe is from Germany, the bread paradise, where there are more bakeries than pharmacies.

Different kinds of bread vary so much here, and it’s impossible to try them all.  Bread culture went so far, that many Germans eat bread as a separate meal twice a day, for breakfast and dinner!

Whole Grain Spelt Bread - bake your own healthy organic whole grain spelt bread with minimum ingredients. A recipe from Germany, the land of bread! Spelt bread, as well as wholemeal bread is very popular here in Germany, and you can buy spelt grains and flour in almost any supermarket. This recipe contains spelt and whole grain spelt flour, which has a lot of benefits versus common wheat and wheat flour.

Spelt is one of the oldest cultivated crops, better digestible, and with a broader scale of nutrients.

It is packed with healthy organic compounds, vitamins and minerals. Moreover, it’s more clean and organic, because spelt needs much less fertilizers than wheat.

Spelt is an excellent choice if you would like to substitute wheat with a healthier equivalent. Just as an idea, you can use spelt flour also for pizza dough or savory tart crust. It has a very distinguishable nutty flavor, which makes it good for cakes and pies as well.

Whole Grain Spelt Bread - bake your own healthy organic whole grain spelt bread with minimum ingredients. A recipe from Germany, the land of bread! Once you try this recipe, you will never want to buy toast bread any more, because it’s not only healthy, it’s delicious!

How to Make Whole Grain Spelt Bread

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Whole Grain Spelt Bread

Whole Grain Spelt Bread - bake your own healthy organic whole grain spelt bread with minimum ingredients. A recipe from Germany, the land of bread!
Course bread
Cuisine German
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings or about 20 slices (1 loaf of bread)
Calories 301kcal

Ingredients

  • 150 g or 5.3 oz spelt grains
  • 1 7 g (or 1/4 oz) package dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon beet syrup
  • 500 g or 2.1 cups whole grain spelt flour
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 50 g or 1/2 cup oats
  • tablespoons salty water (1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in 2 teaspoons water)

Instructions

  • Put the spelt grains in a pot and add the double amount of water. Leave over night or for at least 8 hours.
  • Boil the spelt grains in water for 30 min. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Dissolve the yeast into 300 ml (1 1/4 cups) warm water. Add salt and beet syrup and leave for a few minutes to activate the yeast. Sift the whole grain spelt flour and knead for at least 5 min or until the dough is smooth.
  • Sprinkle with flour and set aside for about 90 min, or until it doubles in size. If the dough hasn't risen enough, extend the time. Stir the spelt grains in the dough and knead well.
  • Take a 26 x 12 cm (10 x 4.5 inch) loaf form. Grease it with oil and sprinkle the form with oats. Put the dough in the form, cover with cloth, and let it rest for about 30 min.
  • Preheat the oven to 220 C (428 F).
  • Sprinkle the top of the dough with salty water.
  • Put the form into the oven. Bake for 20 min, then reduce the heat to 200 C (392 F) and bake for 40 min.
  • Remove the bread from the oven and turn the form around. If the bread doesn't come out easily, bake it for additional 15-20 min. If the bread comes out easily from the form, but you want your bread crust to be crispy, put it back in the oven without a form and bake for 15 more min.
  • Take the bread out of the oven and wait for it to cool down.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

To check if the bread is ready from the inside, impale it with a toothpick in the middle. If it's too sticky, the bread needs to be baked longer. If it's dry, your bread is ready.

Nutrition

Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 3mg
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Whole Grain Spelt Bread - bake your own healthy organic whole grain spelt bread with minimum ingredients. A recipe from Germany, the land of bread!

What are the smells that make your tastebuds tingle? Is the freshly baked bread one of them? Have you tried to bake bread by yourself? Which one is your favorite? I would love to hear about your baking bread experience.

 

Greetings from Hamburg,

Elena

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Maggie

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Why is there 10 paragraphs about the smell of bread and no instructions on baking. I have never made bread before and I added all the water to the four right away! What a mess 🥺 I went to a grocery store far far away to get spelt flour to make this recipe and I was super excited to make it. I will never understand why food bloggers write these long boring drawn out articles and so few instructions on making the item. I probably wrecked this and I have one bag of spelt flour. Should I post this ball of wet nast and tag happy kitchen in it? So lame

Elena Szeliga

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Hi Maggie, I'm sorry that this recipe hasn't work out for you. I always recommend to read the recipe in full before beginning to cook, to avoid situations like this. I hope it works out for you next time!

StanFL

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

Thanks for the recipe. Yours is the only one I found which show how to incorporate whole grains (not flour) into bread. If it turns out well, I will try other grains as well. Hopefully, crunchiness can be controlled by soaking and boiling time.

Elena Szeliga

Wednesday 16th of October 2019

I hope you enjoy this recipe, Stan! Let me know how it turned out for you :)

Miguel

Saturday 9th of February 2019

Hi, The sunflower oil was just for the form?, I did not see a step to add it to the mix anywhere

thanks!

Miguel

Elena Szeliga

Sunday 10th of February 2019

Hi Miguel, yes! Oil is for the greasing only. Let me know how the bread turned out! Elena

Gail

Friday 24th of June 2016

I'm assuming that you are using the dry measurement for the 150 grams of spelt grains (i.e. precooked weight)? I was just wondering because my cooked spelt grains weighed almost 300 grams and that seemed like a lot, when combined with 500 grams of flour, for one loaf? But I love the way your sliced bread looked and I want to make that!

Elena Szeliga

Friday 24th of June 2016

Thank you, Gail! You are right, the spelt is measured dry. I have to bake this bread again to check how much the cooked grains would weight. 300 grams seems a bit too much for me, too. I would gradually add them while kneading, until you feel like the dough is he right consistency. It should be just a bit wet. Hope it works for you, Gail! Please let me know how it comes out.

Tim Rhind

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

is there a substitute for beet syrup?

JMR

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

HONEY!!!

Oh for goodness sake people...

VEGANs..plz...get over it...USE freaking honey...

Elena Szeliga

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Good question, Tim! You can actually use any syrup you have on hand: agave syrup, tamarind syrup or even molasses.

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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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