Recipe

Spelt baguettes

Spelt wheat produces beautiful artisan-quality bread with a razor-sharp crust and delicate crumb.

  • 1 hr 30 mins preparation
  • Makes 2 Item
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Ingredients

  • 500 gram spelt flour (see note)
  • 10 gram salt
  • 5 gram sugar
  • 8 gram instant yeast (1 sachet)
  • 250 millilitre warm water

Method

  • 1
    Place dry ingredients in a bowl, or food processor fitted with the dough attachment, and mix. Add just enough of the warm water (you may not need it all) to form a dough and knead for 1–2 minutes in the processor, or until springy and elastic if kneading by hand.
  • 2
    Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a greased plastic bag and leave to rise until doubled in size (about 40 minutes).
  • 3
    Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured board, flatten one half into a rectangle then tightly roll to form a long ‘sausage’ with tapered ends. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • 4
    Flour a linen tea towel (linen is stiffer and has a smoother texture than cotton) and place one of the loaves on the cloth, push up the fabric on either side to create a channel for the loaf (see photo, right). Place the second loaf alongside and do the same. Make four or five slashes in the top with a sharp blade (a razor blade is ideal).
  • 5
    Leave to rise for 20 minutes until dough has risen but still has a little give in it. Preheat oven to 250°C.
  • 6
    Gently ease loaves onto a baking sheet and place in the hot oven. Splash bottom of oven with ½ cup cold water, and set timer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rotate the tray, reduce the temperature to 200°C, splash in some more water and bake for a further 10 minutes until dark golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped on the bottom.

Notes

Organic spelt flour is available in most supermarkets and the non-organic variety can be found in many bulk goods suppliers.

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