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Spelt Sourdough Loaf

I looove this bread. Spelt has such a great flavor that is only enhanced by the sourdough flavor. This recipe is ~the same~ as my Simple Loaf recipe, just replaces the all purpose flour with spelt flour! If you don’t have bread flour, you can try with all purpose but your loaf might not be as springy. This bread (with some almond butter and banana) has given me life before many indoor bike sessions lately.

The whole loaf is beautiful. It expanded a ton in the oven!
Sliced spelt bread on the river 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Materials: mixing bowl, measuring cups and/or scale, either an oval Banneton basket with liner (such as this) or any basket with a floured dishcloth liner, sharp single razor blade or very sharp knife, baking sheet/pan
  • ½ cup (~110g) active sourdough starter (see below for starter instructions)
  • ~1 cup (240g) warm water (will depend on starter consistency)
  • ~1 ½ cups (180g) bread flour
  • ~1 ½ cups (165g) spelt flour
  • ½ tsp (3g) salt

Instructions:

8am 1-3 days before: Get your starter to at least 1 cup active the morning you’re ready to make these. If you don’t have a starter, make some! It’s super easy–check out my Sourdough Starter recipe. I always save a small bit of starter in the fridge to re-activate (add some flour and warm water and bring to room temperature) the day or two before I make any sourdough bread. You can test if your starter is ready to use by the float test (see if it floats on water).

8am: In a large bowl, add ½ cup of your starter. Add about 1 cup of warm water and about 1 ½ cups each of spelt and bread flours. Add the ½ tsp salt. Mix these together to form a shaggy dough (don’t worry if it’s lumpy). Let sit to activate and rise for 6-10 hours at room temperature. During this time, if you have the availability, feel free to “stretch and fold” it (see video below for technique) every hour for the first 3 hours. You shouldn’t need to flour or wet your hands to handle the dough. If you leave for work for the day and don’t come back until later, that’s fine too!

5pm: The dough should have about doubled in size and have some air bubbles. When you and the dough are ready, dump the dough onto the counter and shape it (see video for technique). You don’t need any flour or water for this step. Once shaped, place in the lined basked and cover with a damp towel. Place in the fridge to rest overnight (or, let rise at room temperature for ~2 more hours).

7pm or 6am next day: Remove the dough from the fridge if it was there overnight. Pre-heat the oven with your baking pan in it to 475˚F. When it has reached this temperature, sprinkle your dough with a little cornmeal or flour, and flip it onto a piece of parchment paper. Score your loaf (see video for technique). Transfer to pre-heated baking pan. Bake at 475˚F for 10 minutes then 425˚F for ~20 more minutes, until it is deep golden brown.

8pm or 7am next day: Enjoy some fresh bread with dinner or breakfast! The exterior will be crispy fresh but soon the crust will soften.

Here are some videos to help get you started. Also check out my Sourdough playlist on Youtube!

Watch me make the spelt sourdough in 2 minutes! Includes all the key techniques, though at an increased speed. See the videos below for real time!
This is the real time version of my mixing the spelt sourdough dough into a shaggy dough (complete with some funny irrelevant audio).
This is how I stretch and fold my dough during the rising period. I usually stretch it a bit more, but I was holding the camera in my other hand so the bowl wasn’t stable!
Here I transfer the dough after its long room temperature rise into a lined basket for its final rise. There are different ways to fold it around, so find what you like! No need to flour your surface.
It’s probably best to do one slash and be done with the deep score, but this was one of my first times using the razor to score so I edited it a bit. I also used the blade to push back the upper flap of the cut in an attempt to make an “ear.” This is much easier if you have an angled razor to begin with. There are good videos on Youtube about scoring that are more informative than this too 🙂

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