No-knead Sourdough Spelt Bread THM E

As you all know by now—-sourdough baking is so intriguing for me. There is something fascinating taking flour, water, salt, and vital wheat gluten to make a lovely loaf of bread. Right now–my days don’t have enough of hours in them to do everything I want too. This loaf was made using spelt flour. Isn’t it gorgeous?

No-knead breads are easy to mix together using a spatula. They are one of my favorites. No mixer bowl to wash! Yay!! The dough is then allowed to ferment at room temperature for 5-7 hours depending when and how you want to bake the loaf. There are two ways of baking described in the recipe instructions.

This video show the entire process from mixing to baking.

No-knead Sourdough Spelt Bread THM E, Sugar-free, Dairy-free

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups active/fed sourdough starter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 3/4 – 3 cups Spelt Flour
  • 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • In a large mixing bowl: stir water, starter, honey, 2 1/2 cups Spelt Flour, and vital wheat gluten together until well combined. You will have a rough, sticky dough. Add salt to the dough. Stir well. Add remaining flour if needed. Cover and allow it to rise for 1 hour. Remove lid and gently pick up one side of the dough, fold it in half. Repeat with all four sides of dough. Cover and allow to rise for another hour. Repeat 2 more times for a total of 4 folding times. Refrigerating ferment: Allow the dough to ferment for a total of 5 1/2 hours at room temperature from the time you mix it until you put the dough in the fridge. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours or longer. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Shape following the directions below. Room temperature ferment: Allow the dough to ferment at room temperature for a total of 7 hours from the time you mix it until you shape it to be baked. Shaping. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. I place my clay baker in the oven. The lid and the base on the oven rack to preheat. Press the dough out in a large rectangle. Fold dough in 3rds, pinching the edges together to seal the edges. Turn dough and fold in 3rds, pinching to seal edges. Lay the loaf on parchment paper. Slash the loaf with a sharp knife. When the oven is preheated, place loaf and parchment paper in a clay baker. Cover baker with lid. Set the timer for 35 minutes. When the baking time is complete, reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. Remove the lid. Bake for an additional 12 minutes. Remove clay baker from oven. Remove loaf to a wire rack to cool. 12-14 slices

To have a successful baking day you do need a mature starter. If you make a starter you will need to feed it for at least 3-4 weeks before you will be able to have a successful baking day. Trust me I have learned from experience. My Bernese Mountain Dogs loved those first, super, dense, flat loaves. If you would like I do send small jars of sourdough starter by request. I do ask that you cover the cost of packing/shipping.

Here are a few tips I have learned in my sourdough journey.

A bit of white flour is allowed in a loaf of bread. The bread will still be THM approved as an E. I choose to use King Arthur Bread Flour in my starter. This white flour will be fermented for 20+ hours until I bake the bread. That is reason I have chosen to use it in the starter. In the dough I use all whole grain white wheat flour.

I receive many questions about why I use vital wheat gluten . Here is the reason I add vital wheat gluten—whole grain flour is much harder to develop the gluten that is what causes dense solid loaves. Gluten is the structure that traps gases cause the loaf to rise. By adding vital wheat gluten you will have adequate gluten to trap the gases cause your loaves to rise the way they are supposed to.

Whole grain flour takes longer to absorb moisture than white flour. That makes it so easy to get your bread dough too stiff. If your bread dough seems stiff — every time you do a set of stretch and folds, dip your hands in water. This added moisture will help to loosen the dough.

Here is a video showing how to do the stretch and fold method of kneading bread. This is a very easy way to develop the gluten without a lot of hard work. I will dip my hands in cold water before I start the stretching….that keeps the dough from sticking.

This video shows how to shape a loaf of bread. When you shape it correctly you will get a wonderful oven spring.

This article explains what flours can be used and why they are used in on-plan sourdough bread.

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If you would like helpful tips on taking care of your starter; this article may be of interest to you…Sourdough Starter.

This article explains what flours can be used and why they are used in sourdough bread. 

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No-knead Sourdough Spelt Sourdough Bread THM E

Servings 8
Author Glenda Groff

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups active/fed sourdough starter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 3/4 – 3 cups Spelt Flour
  • 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl: stir water, starter, honey, 2 1/2 cups Spelt Flour, and vital wheat gluten together until combined. You will have a rough, sticky dough. Add salt to the dough. Stir well. Add remaining flour if needed. Cover and allow it to rise for 1 hour. Remove lid and gently pick up one side of the dough, fold it in half. Repeat with all four sides of dough. Cover and allow to rise for another hour. Repeat 2 more times for a total of 4 folding times. Refrigerating ferment: Allow the dough to ferment for a total of 5 1/2 hours at room temperature from the time you mix it until you put the dough in the fridge. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours or longer. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Shape following the directions below. Room temperature ferment: Allow the dough to ferment at room temperature for a total of 7 hours from the time you mix it until you shape it to be baked. Shaping. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. I place my clay baker in the oven. The lid and the base on the oven rack to preheat. Press the dough out in a large rectangle. Fold dough in 3rds, pinching the edges together to seal the edges. Turn dough and fold in 3rds, pinching to seal edges. Lay the loaf on parchment paper. Slash the loaf with a sharp knife. When the oven is preheated, place loaf and parchment paper in a clay baker. Cover baker with lid. Set the timer for 35 minutes. When the baking time is complete, reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. Remove the lid. Bake for an additional 12 minutes. Remove clay baker from oven. Remove loaf to a wire rack to cool. 12-14 slices

You will find many more recipes in the spiral bound 600+ page Around the Family Table Cookbook. All recipes are sugar-free and label with the correct fuel. Books can be purchased using this link. I do send small jars of mature sourdough starter at your request and I ask that you cover the cost of shipping/packing. PM me if you would like to receive a small jar of mature starter. You may also request a small jar of free sourdough starter with the purchase of a cookbook.   Buy It Now.

We have usr received our newest printing of our cookbook. It has been revised and the sourdough chapters updated

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