12 December 2011

warming

Spelt fruit loaf
It's not surprising that as the cold weather finally started to bite I found myself longing for spicier, sweeter food, but short of the full cake and pie fest that is about to start, if indeed it has not already. This coincided with a decision to branch out a bit from my everyday wholemeal and use some of the spelt that I bought on impulse a while ago.  I can only think that the reason I waited so long was down to inertia.  When I finally put my arse in gear, my spelt fruit loaf turned out to be a soft and sweet bread, heavily spiced, without all the fat and sugar that comes with cake, and absolutely perfect for a banana sandwich pick-me-up indoor picnic on a dull day.  I am a total convert.  Unfortunately, I  can't offer a perfect recipe to suit everyone because I used my breadmaker (yes, I'm still using it everyday and it has a rye programme that can be used for spelt.)  I haven't tried the recipe by hand, though if you are interested there are plenty of recipes here, and more around the interweb that you might want to try, and Dan Lepard gives one or two in Short and Sweet (untested by me).  Spelt costs more than other flours, but it can be worth paying that bit more for something that tastes so good,  somehow makes you feel in touch with a bit of the past, and prepares you for the spicy days to come.

Ingredients: 1.5tsp quick yeast; 500g spelt flour; 1 tsp honey; 3 tbsp oil ( I use walnut or a mix of walnut and sunflower)' 1 tsp salt; 150 mixed dried fruit (I use those pre-mixed bags); 3 tsp mixed spice (sounds a lot, but keep faith); 360ml water.  Mix and bake on the rye programme, if you have one, three and a half hours on my machine.  The loaf has a slightly sunken top and may be slightly floury at the sides.




7 comments:

Annie said...

Yum! This I have to try, and hey, I did put a breadmaker on my Christmas wish list. Fingers crossed ;D

Liz said...

I've been using spelt flour quite a lot recently. Had a disaster with the bread rolls that wouldn't leave the baking tray but otherwise the results have been soft, light and very tasty. Love the idea of an indoor picnic so I'm going to have one today!

Joanna said...

Just got in freezing cold from shopping and was looking for the right pick-me-up. This would have been it! Am definitely going to give it a go. Thanks for the recipe.

lynnekovan.com said...

Not only does that loaf look fabulous, it's a great photograph. Multi talented person!!

Liz said...

Popped back to say I made a loaf and thoroughly enjoyed my indoor picnic!

colleen said...

Liz - Very happy indeed to think of you making and enjoying your own indoor picnic!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

i really like the spelt meusli i can buy in germany and must try this , too .
the fat and sugar content sounds ideal and all i need now is a breadmaker ... or my broken wrist to heal .....
meanwhile , A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS !!