Sunday, March 11, 2012

Artisan Spelt Bread

Photograph by Leslie Perez. All rights reserved.


I baked Artisan bread for my very first time... and knowing I like a challenge  I baked it with spelt flour ( a combination of whole and white), and it was DELICIOUS!!!!! Wow!


INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/3 cups of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons of xanthum gum ( The key ingredient thickening the dough)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 2 cups of white spelt flour
  • 1 cup of brown spelt flour
  • 1/3 cup of flax seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of  vegetable oil
  • 2 8x8 square baking trays half filled with water

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix the water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and let sit until a foaming reaction occurs.
  3. Combine the flours along with the remainder of the ingredients, and then incorporate the yeast and water. Knead for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Shape the dough into 3 to 4 round rolls or small baguettes. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or tin foil paper.
  5. Once this is done, place the tray on the top shelf of the oven, underneath should be the two baking trays with water.
  6. Bake for a half hour  until nice and crisp.
  7. Remove the bread from the oven and spread some butter or hummus, and voila, you have a warm breakfast or snack.
  8. Weight watcher points value: 2 Power Points per ounce.