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Adapting 100% hydration to spelt recipes

rony_sha's picture

Adapting 100% hydration to spelt recipes

Dear all.

I would like to adapt a recipe that calls for 80% hydration using whole wheat flour.

What should be the % hydration if I use whole spealt flour?


mrfrost's picture

60% would probably be a good starting point. The key though, is to hydrate and mix the dough to the consistency as described in the recipe; ie, sticky, tacky, soft, firm, etc.

  • "...We have found that due to the delicate nature of the spelt gluten you MUST reduce the mixing time for VITA-SPELT to about 1/2 of what the manufacturer recommends. We recommend no more than 4 to 4.5 Min at a medium speed.

  • Furthermore, reduce the amount of water you use by 25%..."

  • I just made a loaf where I substituted half the flour with spelt, but I didn't have to reduce the water. In fact, I had to add a little extra to get to the needed consistency.