Cranberry Walnut Spelt Sourdough Bread is at the top of this months must make list! While I would say a great addition to your Thanksgiving table many of us will not be having the usual Thanksgiving and I found this James Beard quote very fitting.
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”
― James Beard
I couldn’t agree more because not much can beat fresh sourdough, but right now I would say a fresh slice of Cranberry Walnut Spelt Sourdough (or thick toasted slice) topped with honey butter is all I need right now.
I keep getting requests for more sourdough recipes. I’m always hesitant because there are variations depending on the environment where you live. I share them the best I can and I cannot tell you how many questions I get about my Apple Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough and how many people have taken the leap to try it and are happy they did. I have tried to update the recipe as I get feedback from those who have made it. The biggest question is how much water.
Spelt Sourdough has a different flavor but we have really fallen in love with it. The best part is there is less variation and it’s quicker. The only variation is time and I haven’t found it to vary more than a couple hours (with our hot humid summers and not freezing, but heated inside, winters).
The kids aren’t big on nuts so I used a little less in this loaf but you can add more if you love walnuts and texture.
You probably already have most of what you need to make spelt sourdough at home. Most items are relatively inexpensive and there is nothing on the list that isn’t a staple in my kitchen. If you don’t have a kitchen scale I highly recommend it for bread making and baking in general. Plus it has come in handy for other things like postage from time to time and even weighing Baby G when he was first born and we had to weigh him every other day and saved many trips up to the doctor. The first one I bought was really cheap but still did the job for years until it broke and the upgrade one I have now I love (has a pullout screen that makes it easy to read using large bowls and was less than $50). If you don’t have bread towels they’re handing, don’t shed, and if you decide bread making isn’t for you also work as regular dish towels. You can find singles from around $5-$7, I usually buy a set of 4 for around $20. A cast-iron Dutch oven is something I use all the time, especially during the winter for soups and stews. I love and use them so much I have a plain cast iron one, perfect for camping too and how I justified it but love it so much it’s at the top of the list for things to gift for weddings, as well as an enamel coated one. I use both all the time, especially when I’m baking 2 loaves of bread. Haha!
The complete list of what you’ll need:
• Kitchen scale
• Cast Iron Dutch Oven
• Parchment Paper
• Sharp serrated knife
• Bread Towel, Floor Sack Towel
• Spelt Sourdough Starter
• Spelt Flour (I use Nature’s Legacy VitaSpelt Organic Spelt Flour that I purchase from Whole Foods. It use to be in a red bag but is now in a teal bag. I did try organic sprouted spelt flour a couple of times and didn’t have the best luck so I’ve stuck with the VitaSpelt since I can consistently get it.)
• Honey (My favorite is local Bare Honey Minnesota Amber, a dark honey that isn’t overly sweet and has notes of molasses!)
• Dried Cranberries
• Raw Unsalted Walnuts
It will a little extra take time to make your starter if you don’t have one but well worth it as once you have your starter it’s easy to keep it going for years to come. I made a spelt starter, or converted our regular starter, using a small amount of our regular starter (a tablespoon) to build it up over a couple days. I store it (still haven’t come up with a name for our spelt starter) in the refrigerator and pull it out the morning the day before I plan to bake it. Somewhere around 9am I will feed my starter and than I will make the dough around 7pm that night to bake the next day between 11 and 1pm. You will find what works for you, we are usually around the 16 hour mark but might need to go a little longer as it’s been much colder.
Still haven’t tried making your own sourdough? If you have here are a few of our other recipes to try! Or maybe you like more of a rustic sourdough? Spelt Sourdough might be for you! From start to finish it takes about 16-18 hours (if you have active fed sourdough already), with minimal hands on. Maybe a little more hands on than our regular sourdough but less time from start to finish. If you store your starter in the fridge or haven’t fed your starter recently it will take about 24-26 hours.
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