Homemade Honey Spelt Bread

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Honey Spelt Bread

 

Homemade Honey Spelt Bread

Making bread at home can be one of the most rewarding things you do for your family.  Sometime, take a look at the ingredients on bread you buy.  If you can’t pronounce some of them, it’s time to start making it at home.  Honey Spelt Bread is an easy bread recipe that is great for beginner breadmakers to even the most seasoned baker.  Spelt is an ancient grain that was included in the Old Testament of the Bible (Isaiah 28:25, Ezekial 4:9) and is a cousin to modern wheat.  Unlike modern wheat, spelt has remained relatively untouched by crossbreeding and hybridization.  I buy my spelt flour at a local health food store, but it is also available online through Amazon.

Making Honey Spelt Bread at Home

Honey Spelt Bread is simple to make by hand, and even easier if you have a stand mixer with a dough hook.  The ingredients are basic, despite the wonderful crumb and flavor of the final bread.  Spelt flour (which can be replaced half and half with white and whole wheat flours) is the base for the bread.  Honey, yeast, salt, a bit of shortening, and water are all it takes to make this phenomenal Honey Spelt Bread.  You can pronounce everything in it, and it really shows when you serve Honey Spelt Bread to your loved ones.

Homemade Honey Spelt Bread

Homemade Honey Spelt Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 C very warm water
  • 2 pkgs (or 2 T) yeast
  • 1/3 C honey
  • 1/4 C shortening
  • 1 T salt (I use sea salt)
  • 6-7 C spelt flour

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, place the water, yeast, and honey. Stir and allow to proof (get foamy).
  2. Place 3 cups of flour and the remaining ingredients in a bowl. (I use my stand mixer with a dough hook for this part.)
  3. When the yeast is foamy, pour into the flour mixture and mix well until a wet dough forms.
  4. Add the rest of the flour, a cup at a time, mixing well until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. You may not use up all the flour for this part.
  5. If mixing in a mixer, allow to "knead" for about 4-5 minutes. If mixing by hand, turn out onto a well floured board or counter and knead until the dough is elastic and smooth.
  6. Place in a large greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel. Place in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 40-50 minutes.
  7. Punch down and knead again for about 2 minutes. Divide dough in half and form loaves by forming a ball and stretching gently into a loaf shape.
  8. Place into greased bread pans. Brush with melted butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to double in size.
  9. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake loaves so top of pan is in the center of the oven, for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is brown and the loaves sound hollow when tapped.
  10. Allow to cool and turn out of the pans.
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Honey Spelt Bread for Now and Later

When I start making Honey Spelt Bread, I make up several loaves so that I can freeze them for later.  Once the loaves are completely cooled, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap then place in plastic freezer zippy bags.  You can freeze Honey Spelt Bread up to 4 months in a deep freeze or in the freezer above your refrigerator for 2 months.  Honey Spelt Bread also makes fantastic gifts for new homeowners.  Enjoy a new grain and try Honey Spelt Bread for a change of pace.

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Comments

  1. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

  2. Coming over from Full Plate Thursday! I am looking forward to baking this bread! I don’t need the calories but it looks too good to pass up! ;)

  3. Just got a kitchen aid mixer for Christmas. I’ll have to try this. thanks

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