[crossposted with much more detail from my own blahblahblah, yeastvillage.com]
A naturally leavened sourdough spelt is therefore HEALTHY (kinda!) and GOOD FOR YOU (mostly!) but most importantly it is EASY and AWESOME.
My baking life is more of an after school special, which means that most breads don’t fit into my schedule unless I’m willing to be forgiving. Sourdoughs especially require a long rise and need to be thrown in the oven right away to avoid the overfermentation/vinegar flavor. This loaf proofed and doubled neatly overnight but lived in the fridge for the next 12 hours until I could get it into the oven. It had an acid flavor that was just this side of a little overpowering to the nuanced grains (worked fine for me, cooking genius that assumes balsamic vinegar cures all ailments).
Really, what are you waiting for damn guy?
Recipe, lifted neatly from Breadtopia (instructions are my own, paraphrased for those who can’t manage the attention span necessary to watch a really nice video on the Internet [jerks])
530 grams (about 5 cups well fluffed up) whole spelt flour
350 grams (~1+1/2 cups) water
10 grams (1+1/2 tsp) salt
3 Tbs honey or sugar or 2 Tbs agave
1/4 cup sourdough starter
Disolve honey and starter in warm water and mix salt and spelt together. Gradually add spelt+salt to water. Cover and allow to autolyse for one hour (dough will be very wet). Proceed with a series of three or four stretch and folds at fifteen minute intervals and allow to rise covered with saran until doubled in a container with a rounded bottom (depending on how active your starter is, may take anywhere from 4-6 hours).
Prepare oven for hearth baking. Carefully move dough to baking sheet, cloche or clay bread crock (a more structured baking environment will allow for a prettier loaf). Mist lightly with water and add seeds; or just proceed with slashing the loaf.
Bake at 450 for about 45 minutes until darkly browned. Use your preferred method of steaming on the outset. Allow to cool for at least an hour before cutting.
Bake at 450 for 45 minutes or until internal temp is 195-200.