A spelt bread dough whipped with the whisk attachment, then left to rise overnight in the refrigerator. The next day the dough is divided in to two pieces and gently twisted in to a pretty free formed loaf.
It’s time again for the Bread Baking Babes and Buddies challenge. This month’s challenge was selected by Ilva of Lucullian Delights. She has the Babes and Buddies baking from a Nordic cookbook called Home Baked: Nordic Recipes and Techniques for Organic Bread and Pastry by Hanne Risgaard, a whipped bread made with spelt flour. Ilva was intrigued with this recipe because it uses the whisk to whip the dough.
I know this bread has caused some problems or maybe I should say, it has raised some questions among my fellow Babes, especially about the whisking moment of the recipe, not all of us have a Kenwood or KitchenAid or something along these lines so they did it by hand or with an electrical whisk and some of us used the K-hook, the loose dough attachment. I used the whisk attachment and if you are scared of using it on a bread dough, I can tell you that it works well here because it is one of the doughs that is rather on the looser side but still it isn’t really a wet dough.
Luckily, I do have a KitchenAid and the whisk worked really well for me too.
The original recipe called for spelt flour and whole-spelt flour. Winco sells spelt flour in the bulk section and I bought what was left in the bin. They don’t however sell whole-spelt flour, so I bought some whole wheat bread flour and used that instead, since no one in our family has problems with gluten. Many people with wheat allergies or sensitivities can enjoy bread made with spelt flour because there is less gluten formation when making bread dough with spelt flour.
This recipe is so easy; no kneading, rolling, or filling, just an overnight rest in the fridge to rise and develop flavor. The airy dough made a light whole wheat bread with a thin crispy crust. Perfect for a hearty sandwich or toasted and slathered with butter and jam.
200 g whole-spelt flour*
300 g spelt flour*
2 1/4 teaspoon (1 packet) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups warm water
In a large mixing bowl, mix the two types of flour, yeast, and salt. Add water and mix the dough at high speed using the whisk attachment until the dough no longer sticks to the sides and bottom of the bowl. Scrape the soft dough off the whisk, put a lid on the mixing bowl, and let the dough rest in the fridge overnight.
The next day, remove the dough from the fridge and allow the dough to warm for a couple of hours before continuing.
Gently turn the dough onto a generously floured work surface, and dust the top of the dough with a little flour. Divide the dough into two equal-size pieces. Quickly twist the pieces together, preserving as much air in the dough as possible. Place the twisted loaf on a peel lined with parchment paper. Let proof until nearly doubled in volume.
Put baking stone in the oven and preheat to 450°F.
Mist the loaf with water. Ease the loaf, along with the parchment paper, onto the baking stone. Spray a little water into the oven. Repeat after one minute.
After 5 minutes of baking, lower the heat to 400°F, then bake the loaves for another 20-30 minutes more.
adapted from Home Baked: Nordic Recipes and Techniques for Organic Bread and Pastry by Hanne Risgaard
*I weighed my flour, but if you want to use cups, 1 US cup of wholemeal spelt flour = 115 grams and 1 US cup of whole wheat flour = 129.6 grams
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