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For Christmas one year my mum bought me a Jamie Oliver cookery book. At the time, I had left home and I was living in the halls at University. I remember reading it word for word when I got back. For many reasons I did not enjoy Uni life but cooking was my escape from all of the problems I thought I faced at that time. I really enjoyed cooking for myself and yes even my house mates.
The book mum bought me was Mr Oliver’s first cookery book and it was such a great present. On one of the last pages it has a recipe for making bread. I decided to give the bread recipe a try and I was not disappointed. The smell of cooking fresh bread was intoxicating and the taste was divine. Even at twenty I had a passion for food and I think that’s thanks to my Dad always making sure we had enough to eat.
However, since giving up processed foods and sugars I have discovered a slight gluten intolerance. So I no long eat the bread we have all become accustomed to. Nowadays I can eat spelt flour so now make bread with a wholemeal spelt flour. It’s delicious and my little family, I’m pleased to say, love bread too. In fact I think it’s one of their favourite foods. Nothing beats the smell or taste of freshly baked bread.
Makes 1 loaf
- Large mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Baking tray
- Wholemeal spelt flour x 500g plus extra for kneeding
- Oat milk x 300ml
- Olive oil x 50ml plus extra for kneeding and the baking tray.
- Honey x 1 tbsp
- Yeast x 7g sachet
- Mix the flour and salt in the large bowl.
- Heat the oil and milk on a low heat on the hob in the small saucepan.
- Once the liquid mixture is at a tepid temperature, add in the yeast.
- Next make a well in the centre of the flour and salt.
- Add a small amount of the oil, milk and yeast mixture pushing the sides of the well as you go.
- Continue to do this until a dough ball starts to form.
- If the mixture is too dry, add a few more tablespoons of milk and if it’s too wet add a couple of tablespoons of flour.
- Now flour a board with the extra spelt flour.
- Once a dough ball has formed that is not too sticky, remove the ball from bowl and put it onto the floured board.
- Kneed the dough using the heal of your hand to stretch it and then fold it back on itself.
- Repeat this process for 5 minutes.
- Place it in a lightly oiled bowl to prove.
- Leave to prove for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size in a warm place like the airing cupboard or laundry.
- After an hour, oil a board and kneed the dough again repeating the same process as above.
- Shape the dough by rolling it with your hands into a baguette.
- Oil the baking tray, place the baguette on it, cover in cling film, then put back into the airing cupboard for another hour.
- Preheat the oven to 220˚C/fan 200˚C/gas 7 and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove the baguette from the airing cupboard, remove the cling film and put in the oven.
- Bake until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- To check it’s cooked tap the bottom with your fingers and if it sounds hollow it’s done.
- Then serve and enjoy.
Spelt Flour Bread could be enjoyed as a breakfast, lunch or dinner. We had it as garlic bread with Minestrone and it was delicious. It’s so satisfying making bread and then watching others enjoy it. So from my twenties until now, nearly twenty years on, shh, I still get great pleasure from making this simple food. It’s also a good bread to make for the freezer as well. We freeze a few slices in a reusable zip lock bag and take out of the freezer when needed. However you decide to eat this yummy bread, as always, enjoy!
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