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Kidney Bean Spelt Bread

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

A spelt bread using a water roux-tangzhong starter, that is to combine together one portion of bread flour and five portions of water by weight in a pot. Heat up the mixture to bring out the gelatinization of starch in flour. What makes the bread baked with this kind of starter difference is Starch Gelatinization, which helps to engage more water, namely more water will be absorbed, to provide a characteristic softer, more elastic-textured bread. Moreover, the bread will have long-lasting freshness.

  • 300 g Spelt bread flour
  • 180 g Spelt wholegrain flour
  • 70 g Light brown sugar
  • 8 g Sea salt
  • 10 g Active dry yeast
  • 160 g Water Roux - Tangzhong Starter
  • 1 Large egg
  • 140 ml Lukewarm milk
  • 40 ml Olive oil
  • 150-200 g Cooked kidney beans, drained
  • Egg wash
  • 1-2 tbsp Oat bran
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk together the spelt bread flour, spelt wholegrain flour, brown sugar, sea salt and dry yeast. Add in the starter, egg, milk, and olive oil.
  2. Mix with dough hook at slow speed for 3 minutes, then increase the speed to medium and stir until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  3. Turn out the dough on a lightly floured work surface and shape the dough into a ball. Grease the mixing bowl with a little olive oil. Return the dough into the bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and proof for 45 minutes until doubled in size.
  4. Turn out the dough and roll it out into a rectangle. Spread the drained kidney beans over and roll it up. Place it, seam side down, into a large loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise again until double in bulk, approx. 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle the top with oat bran. Cut a deep slash down the length of the dough. Bake in the middle rack of hot oven for 35 minutes until nicely golden brown. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Sauerkraut Kamut Bread with Sour Cream and Crisp Fried Onions

Saturday, June 22, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

A characteristic sauerkraut kamut bread, adapted from Meine Familie & ich: Brote für Genießer 11/2012, packed with wonderful flavour and a tantalizingly crunchy crust. It's hearty, moist, and tasty with a slight sweet tang. Enjoy it with a German sausage salad or simply with cheese.

  • 500 g Kamut flour
  • 100 g Bread flour
  • 42 g Fresh yeast
  • 350 ml Lukewarm water
  • 1 tbsp Raw sugar
  • 150 g Mild wine sauerkraut
  • 1 tbsp Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Cumin or caraway seeds
  • 50 g Sour cream
  • 3 tbsp Crisp fried onions
  1. Place kamut, bread flours in the bowl of your table mixer. Make a well in the center, crumble the fresh yeast into the well. Add in 100 ml lukewarm water and raw sugar in the well, stirring to dissolve the yeast. Leave it at side for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and squeeze sauerkraut dry. Add in the rest of water, salt, sauerkraut, cumin, sour cream, and crisp fried onions. Stir until the dough is smooth and pliable, about 7 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and proof, covered with a kitchen towel, for 30 minutes.
  3. Turn out the dough on the lightly floured work surface and knead thoroughly. Shape the dough into a round or baton or divide the dough into two portions and shape each portion into an oval. Dust the formed loaves with a little rye flour and place them on a parchment-lined baking tray.
  4. Cover the loaves with a clean kitchen towel and proof for about 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 220C/410F. Slash the top of the loaves and bake for 35 minutes until nicely golden brown and crisp. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Gluten Free Coconut Cheese Bars with Apricots

Monday, June 17, 2013 | © 2013 |

These decadent-looking coconut bars are made from surprisingly healthy ingredients, including desiccated coconut, light cream cheese, dried apricots, cacao and rice syrup. When a sugar craving strikes, you will definitely appreciate these gluten-free, grain-free healthy snacks. They are perfect for lunch boxes and enjoying on the road too.

  • 160 g Desiccated coconut
  • 100 g 16% Cream cheese
  • 130 g Dried apricots
  • 15 g Cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp Rice syrup or honey
  1. Place all the ingredients in your blender. Process all together. Line a small loaf pan with a parchment paper.
  2. Press all the ingredients into the pan. Chill for at least an hour until firm. Slice and enjoy! | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Kamut Spelt Bread with Dried Plums, Hazelnuts and Sesame

Thursday, June 13, 2013 | © 2013 |

This is a dense nutty bread made with organic wholemeal spelt flour, kamut flour, hazelnut, sesame seeds, dried plums and thyme. Kamut (ancient khorsasan wheat) has a buttery, sweet, rich flavour and a nutritious alternative to conventional wheat flour. Kamut is very versatile, just like spelt, and can be used to make bread, cookies or cakes.

Kamut Spelt Bread with Dried Plums, Hazelnuts and Sesame

adapted from lecker
  • 50 g Sesame seeds
  • 130 g Dried plums
  • 1/2 bunch Thyme
  • 250 g Wholemeal spelt flour
  • 250 g Wholemeal kamut flour
  • 2 tsp Sea salt
  • 100 g Whole hazelnuts
  • 500 ml Water, lukewarm
  • 42 g Fresh yeast
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  1. Dry roast the sesame seeds in a pan on medium heat until lightly browned, shaking the pan occasionally. Turn off the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Cut the dried plums into four pieces. Roughly chop the thyme leaves. Whisk together wholemeal spelt flour, wholemeal kamut flour, and salt. Add in dried plums, thyme leaves, 75 grams of whole hazelnuts, and 40 grams of toasted sesame seeds.
  3. Stir together the water and fresh yeast in a large bowl. Pour the yeast water into the flour mixture, then add in balsamic vinegar. Stir all the ingredients until mixed. The dough will be rather sticky.
  4. Scrape the dough into a parchment-lined loaf pan. Smooth the top and scatter the remaining hazelnuts and sesame seeds over. Place it on the lower rack of cold oven.
  5. Bake the bread at 225C/440F for about 90 minutes, tenting it with a piece of aluminum foil after 45 minutes. Leave the bread in the pan for 10 minutes after baking. Turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Blueberry Chocolate Tartlets

Saturday, June 08, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

A generous portion of fresh blueberries and a good splash of black currant liqueur make these chocolate tartlets irresistible--serve dusted with cocoa powder or icing sugar. I have played with crust both with a buttery rich pastry and an unbaked healthy energy bar mixture. They were both very delicious!

  • 250 g Fresh blueberries
  • 1 Vanilla bean
  • 200 ml Soya cream or whipping cream
  • 250 g 50% Bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 100 g 85% Dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 40 g Coconut oil or butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Black currant liqueur or rum
  • 1 tbsp Blueberry syrup or honey
  1. Press the prepared crust mixture into the base and sides of the four 12-cm tartlet moulds with removable bottom or one 28-cm. Cover with plastic film and chill until ready for use.
  2. Blend the fresh blueberries in your mixer until smooth. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
  3. Chop chocolates into smaller even chunks and add into a large bowl. Place blueberry puree, soya cream, vanilla seeds and bean in a saucepan over a medium heat. Bring it to a simmer. Pour the hot blueberry-soya mixture over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for one minute. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted and smooth.
  4. Now add in coconut oil, black currant liqueur and blueberry syrup. Stir until well combined and smooth. Pour the berry-chocolate mixture into the prepared tartlet crusts and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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Spelt Spinach Bread

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

A fiber-rich and earthy whole wheat spelt bread with creamed spinach baked right in. It is surprisingly delicious and doesn't taste much like spinach. This could be the way to finally get your picky husband or kids to eat their vegetables.
Enjoy this highly nutritious spelt bread spread with a nice generous layer of homemade seed butter or a bowl of bean soup for the lunch.

  • 300 g Frozen creamed spinach chunks
  • 180 ml Boiling water
  • 35 ml Olive oil
  • 340 g Organic wholemeal spelt flour
  • 200 g Bread flour
  • 11 g Sea salt
  • 10 g Dried yeast
  1. Place the frozen creamed spinach chunks in the mixer and pour in the boiling water. Process until blended.
  2. Whisk the spelt, bread flour and salt together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Make a well in the center. Add in dried yeast, olive oil and spinach mixture. Stir first on slow speed for 3 minutes, then increase the speed, knead the dough until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes.
  3. Turn out the dough onto the lightly floured work surface and gently knead a few times. Grease the mixing bowl with a teaspoon of olive oil. Return the dough into the bowl and cover it with a damp towel. Let is rise for an hour, or until doubled.
  4. Once the dough has doubled, turn out the dough onto the lightly floured work surface and punch the dough with your fist so that it deflates. Knead the dough for a minute. Now shape the dough into a log and place it into a 30-cm loaf pan. Or divide the dough into 10 even pieces and shape them into round balls. Place them in a parchment-lined baking tray. Cover with a damp towel for 45-60 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Bake the bread loaf in the center of hot oven for about 40 minutes or 25 minutes if you make them into the small buns. | © 2013 | | © 2013 |

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