Do you ever have enough of good homemade bread, what about some spelt flour buns? I never!!!
WHAT IS SPELT?
Spelt is an ancient form of wheat that was considered a peasant staple from Bronze Age to Medieval times. It was particularly popular in central Europe before it went out of fashion in the 19th century but is gaining more and more popularity lately.
Spelt flour comes in a more or less processed form, it comes as white and wholegrain.
Does spelt contain gluten?
It contains gluten, but a bit less than the standard wheat and wholegrain spelt flour is pretty similar- nutritional value wise to wholewheat flour, except that it contains more minerals and it is easier to digest than wheat flour.
The bread made with spelt flour tastes sweeter and a bit nuttier and not so dry as wholewheat bread, overall making it a much better choice.
Every time I bake bread I can't take my mind off it till it's done, and by done I mean all eaten up to the very last bread crumb.
But seriously now, what could be compared with a nice healthy hand-kneaded loaf of bread or buns which I seem to be pretty obsessed at the moment with baking.
I love and truly enjoy making bread. It is, in fact, my top preference for any baking and I feel it's the most rewarding work in the kitchen. There's also the healthy element to consider: homemade bread is way healthier than most bread out there in supermarkets. It contains only what you know very well you have actually put in and no nasty colouring to pretend it's a healthy wholemeal bread, no nasty additives. Just simple and pure bread, the real stuff! And, it tastes so good!
Shall we get kneading then? Here's the recipe.
Tear and share spelt flour buns
- 400 g spelt flour
- 200 g white flour
- 300 ml water (lukewarm)
- 2 tsp yeast dry or fresh
- 1 tbsp cane sugar (unrefined)
- 1 tsp salt (I used Himalayan pink)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (freshly ground)
- 100 ml buttermilk optional
- 50 ml olive oil
- In a large bowl mix in the two types of flour, sprinkle the salt and form a well in the middle but try and sprinkle no salt in the actual well as yeast and salt don't like each other.
- In a cup/mug mix the yeast with the sugar and pour 100 ml lukewarm water. Mix well until both sugar and yeast dissolve. You could leave it in the cup or pour it in the well formed in the flour. I recommend the latter as leaving it in the cup requires that you keep an eye on it as it may overflow so, best is to pour it in and set aside for around 20 minutes.
- Once the yeast has become all a big bubble start kneading the bread. Pour the remainder of the water and the buttermilk. Mix very well and knead until the dough no longer sticks to your hand. This will probably take 4-5 min or so of continuous kneading.
- Gradually add the olive oil while still kneading. Feel free with punching, slapping, stretching, whatever you feel like doing with it but as I said the low glutenous flours do not require that much working/kneading.
- When finished, smooth the surface into a big ball and cover. Allow to proving for as many hours as you fancy. I normally leave it between 2-4 hrs. You may need to push back the dough once in between and allow to rise again.
- When finished with proving just form the dough into the buns and place onto a greased dish. Allow to prove again for an extra 40-60min and then place in the oven. Bake at 190C or 375F for 40-50 min until they get to a nice golden colour.
- When ready, turn off the oven, take out and allow it to cook for a good 10-15 minutes. Then, take out from the dish and place on a cooling rack. If you leave it too long in the baking dish it will sweat so it needs to be taken out as soon as 10-15 min after taking it out of the oven. This is an important step.