Perfect Bread Machine Spelt Bread
photo by Julie W.
- Ready In:
- 4hrs 5mins
1 loaf of c12 slices
- Add water to bread machine, then oil, then flour, then salt, then sugar, then yeast.
- Set on "Normal" setting (which is 4 hours), with small loaf and light crust settings.
- NB: If you use wholegrain spelt rather than wholemeal, then reduce the yeast to 1.5 slightly rounded teaspoons (about 3.5g).
Questions & Replies
My bread machine is smaller. I used to have a Black & Decker with 2 rotating parts, now this new one, a Hamilton Beach, has only 1 rotating part and is definitely 2/3 the size. I'm not sure about the size of this loaf, so should I play it safe and cut the ingredients in half? Then, should it still be baking for 4 hours? My normal setting is 2h53 (1.5lb) or 3h (2lb) with 2 kneading cycles and 3 rising cycles.
I made this recipe in my ancient Sunbeam bread machine which does not have a short knead setting and nor does it have a four-hour cycle time. The bread rose beautifully but then crashed and looked like a disaster. I am completely blaming my machine and not the recipe. And even though I thought the loaf was going to be a write-off, I tried a piece and it was so fantastic that we ended up devouring the whole misshapen loaf in no time at all! Definitely a five-star recipe if you've got the right bread machine!
Thanks Chef UK and hubby! For once my spelt loaf was to die for!! I used all spelt flour and no whole spelt flour as I was too impatient to go to the shops! I must have a different breadmaker, as the settings were slightly different and time was only just over 3 hours. My bread turned out quite fluffy! Very excited! Dying to make my next loaf! One thing I would like to ask is if I were to add seeds for instance, at what point would I be adding those? Again thank you!!
One other thing you can try, if you have a programmable machine, is to decrease the kneading times. Spelt bread has a very delicate gluten structure and ideally should not be mixed for more than 4 minutes. I have a very old programmable Breadman Ultimate (10+ years old), and set the first knead for 3 minutes (the incorporation knead) and the second knead set for 4 minutes. Then first rise is 40 minutes, skip the punchdown and second rise, a 15 second shaping and a 50 minute final rise. 40 minutes baking. If your loaf is collapsing, you may have too much moisture. Try adding a tablespoon or two of flour or decrease the liquid to 1 1/4 cups. The dough ball is generally a tad bit sticky, but should not be "wet" looking. Hope this helps. I've had great luck doing this using 100% white spelt flour.
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