Okay guys, this is the only bread recipe I use and it’s the best. I know it’s a bold statement, but it’s true.
I happen to love homemade bread with smell spreading around the whole house and for me it means love, comfort, family. My mom made it over the weekend. We’d gather all together to eat it still warm, so when you put your butter and cheese in it, they melt. Pure heaven, I’m telling you!
However, I despised making my own bread because it was a gamble every. single. time. I’d waste my time kneading, waiting for it to rise, then kneading & then praying it’ll turn out edible this time. Which it often didn’t.
This one has been a game changer for me – it’s so simple, quick and you can play with it as much as you want.
You know those usual bread recipes where you need to knead until your arms fall off & then wait forever until it’s up to knead some more?
Forget it. No kneading, no waiting time except for the bread to get cold. We simply pick up the ingredients, pick up the extra ones to spice it up, mix it all together and throw it in the oven. An hour later, voila, the perfection is ready!
Patience is required, though.
Waiting for it to get cold. The worst! But it’s totally worth it and the reward we get for waiting is delicious.
The basic ingredients are as simple as it gets – whole grain spelt flour, water, yeast..
However, lets not underestimate those; spelt is a wonderful grain! It’s one of my favorites, rich in flavor AND nutrients.
On the extra ingredients it gets extra fun!
“Basic” recipe uses various seeds and I love it just like that, but playing with other nuts, dried fruits and spices can produce wonderful results as well.
With dried figs and walnuts it becomes a real Mediterranean treat. To me, it tastes like home, chewing this bread (along with some cheese, of course) takes me straight at the beach, feeling the sun on my face, hearing the beautiful music of the sea and smelling pine trees. I hope it’ll bring warm feelings to you too!
Depending on the additions, the bread can be crunchy on the outside and a bit moisty on the inside, so you can let it melt in your mouth and enjoy the rich taste of figs (or raisins, cranberries, plums or whatever dried fruits you feel like that day!). Don’t forget the spices – cinnamon or all-spice take it to the whole new level.
Option I use the most is flax seeds, sesame and sunflower seeds, simple as it gets, boosts the health, tons of healthy fats, delicious. Less moisty then the dried fruits version.
Furthermore, you can make this bread just.. nutty! I love this version as well, it’s perhaps my favorite. With a dash of cinnamon, of course.
I love how adaptable the recipe is; you can even just add another flour. It’s a treat to make this bread as well as eat it!
Another thing you can do to save time preparing is – choose the extra ingredients and batch them up. I always have a few of 150g bags of various seeds and nuts, so preparation time is even shorter.
Loving, gentle nutrition:
- Whole grain spelt flour: rich in fiber, iron, phosphorus, copper, magnesium. Contains essential amino acids & healthy fatty acids.
- Depending on the extras; tons of healthy fats, fiber, minerals & vitamins!
QUICK WHOLE GRAIN SPELT BREAD
Super easy, quick & delicious bread.
- 1.5 oz (42g) fresh yeast
- 2.1 cups (500ml) lukewarm water
- 3 1/3 cups (500g) whole grain spelt flour
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup (150g) seeds, nuts, dried fruits, oats amount in cups may differ depending on the ingredients
- Spices of your choice; all-spice & cinnamon are my favorites
- 3/4 cups (100g) different flour
In this recipe:
- 1/3 cup (50g) sesame seeds
- 1/3 cup (50g) flax seeds
- 1/3 cup (50g) sunflower seeds
Line your loaf pan with parchment paper.
Put an oven-safe cup of water at the bottom of your oven & preheat the oven at 350°F / 180 ºC.
Dissolve yeast in water.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
Add water and yeast mixture, as well as apple cider vinegar. You can easily mix it all up with a wooden spoon.
Pour the dough in the prepared loaf pan & bake for ca 60 minutes.
Take bread out, put it out of the pan, remove the paper and let it cool.
When cool, enjoy with your family!
What’s your favorite combo? Tell me your experimenting plans! Can’t wait to hear from you!
When making the bread, remember to snap a photo & share it on Instagram with #ninasempire, I LOVE seeing what you come up with!
Lots of love,