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Flaked Kamut and Spelt Porridge Bread with Toasted Sesame Seeds

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Flaked Kamut and Spelt Porridge Bread with Toasted Sesame Seeds


I haven’t baked for the last couple of weekends because I was in Antigua for my niece’s wedding. It was my first time in the Caribbean and it was fabulous. Great resort, great food and fantastic weather. It sure beats what we have been having here.

I am continuing  baking breads inspired by CedarMountains recipes from a couple of years ago. This one is very similar but not exactly like his. 




Makes 3 loaves


Main dough:

100 g Kamut berries

100 g Spelt berries

100 g Red Fife berries

110 g Rye berries

700 g unbleached flour

50 g flax seeds

15 g white sesame seeds

750 g water

22 g pink Himalayan salt

220 g 100% hydration bran/rye flour levain (procedure is in recipe)



45 g kamut flakes

45 g spelt flakes

180 g water

30 g full fat plain yogurt


A few days before:

  1. Revive your starter by feeding it regularly. Ensure that you have 45 g to inoculate the levain.


The night before:

  1. Mill all the grains separately and sift out the bran. I ended up with 58 g of bran from all of the grains. You need a total of 95 g of bran/high extraction rye flour for the levain. My mix ended up being 58 g of bran and 37 g of the rye flour. Adjust as necessary to get the required 95 g. Place the remainder of the rye flour with the other flours (including the unbleached flour) in a bowl or bucket. 
  2. Grind the flax seeds (I do this in a bullet) and add to the mix of flours.
  3. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying ban until lightly golden, let cool and grind to a powder. I used the bullet for this as well. Add to the mix of flours and ground flax.
  4. Make the porridge using all the ingredients listed and cook until the flakes are tender. Cover and let cool overnight.
  5. Before going to bed, take 45 g of your starter and add all of the reserved bran/high extraction flour mix and 95 of filtered water. This makes a bit more than 220 g of levain. The extra is to account for what you can’t scrape out of the container. Mix well and let rise overnight. Mine only rose 1.5 times but that is to be expected when there is that much bran in the levain. There were lots of bubbles though throughout.


Main dough:

  1. Pour 750 g of water into the porridge and loosen the mix. 
  2. Add this to the flour mixture and mix well. Autolyse the mix for a couple of hours with the salt on top. The dough smelled like peanut butter! It is amazing that grinding sesame seeds can make such an impact on the aroma even though it is a very small amount. 
  3. Add the levain and mix well. Do 50 in bucket folds to ensure that gluten development is well on its way. Cover and place the dough in a warm spot to rise.
  4. Do sets of stretches and folds about 30-45 minutes apart for the first 3 sets then go to hourly folds for the remainder span of bulk fermentation. The dough felt great right from the first set of stretches and folds. Bulk fermentation took 4 hours and the dough rose about 40%. 
  5. Wet the sides of the dough with your hand to loosen from the bucket, and dump out onto a bare counter. Lightly flour the top of the dough again and divide into 3 equal portions of about 790 g.  Pre-round the portions with a wet scraper. I let my hands wet to prevent the dough from sticking while weighing it and moving it around. This actually worked well. 
  6. Let rest for 30-40 minutes and then shape into a fairly tight boule.  The dough didn’t want to form a tight skin so I didn’t get the boules as tight as I wanted. The few I got fairly tight were beginning to tear so I did what I could. Place seam side down in rice/AP floured bannetons, cover, and put to bed in a very cold fridge for the night. 


Baking day:

  1. The next morning, heat the oven to 475 F with the dutch ovens inside for at least 45 minutes. Place rounds of parchment paper in the bottom of the pots and gently place the dough seam side up inside. 
  2. Cover the pots and bake the loaves at 450 F for 25 minutes, remove the lids, drop the temperature to 425 F and bake for another 22 minutes. By the way, I use convection mode right through the bake to prevent hot spots. This also helps with getting that nice dark golden colour. 



The oven spring wasn’t huge. Satisfactory, but it could have been a tad better. I suspect it was due to my shaping issues. I wonder if my use of water during shaping weakened the surface of the boules and I should stick to using only flour at that point. 



Ru007's picture

It looks really good, nice job Danni :) 

Hmmm... I've never used water during shaping, but you might be right, maybe you didn't get the surface as tight as you would with just flour. I only use water on hands to help get the dough out of the bowl (which I still struggle to do gently), and then I just use flour from that point. In any case, your loaves still look great and must have been delicious!! 

I love the weeding pictures, so stunning. I hope you had a great time! 

Happy baking D, glad to have you back!!


PalwithnoovenP's picture

Sesame seeds are powerful. You inspire me to powder it too for my next bake or at least make a bread with some sesame.

The wedding looks fabulous! Are you the third one from the left? You must have a had a great time there

Danni3ll3's picture

The blonde, fourth from the left, is my daughter and the other two ladies are my sisters in law. The men holding the bride are 3 of my brothers.  One brother couldn’t make it. We are all a bit crazy and this proves it. 😂

dabrownman's picture

What a lovely place for a wedding no matter where you are standing!  The bread is  great too!  Like You Lucy likes seeded multigrain beads with 40-50% whole grains and she bought some yogurt for this week's bake so who knows what is going on.  Well done as usual!

Happy Baking Danni

Danni3ll3's picture

about my place in line! I would be a little challenged in the hair department. Ha ha! Can you believe I am the oldest of the bunch! The big six zero is looming next month!

I haven’t cut into the bread yet. I am making a panzella salad for dinner so I get to see the crumb after my walk. 

Danni3ll3's picture

and Panzella salad. 

dabrownman's picture

Nice crumb too!

leslieruf's picture

I have missed your bakes, but glad you had such a lovely break.  the resort and the group look lovely 

the crumb on your bread is very fine and it looks lovely and soft.

happy baking Danni


Cedarmountain's picture

Hi Danni, welcome back, I was missing your regular posts...glad to hear you were off having a good time.  Your bread looks delicious as always!

isand66's picture

Looks like you had a great time...I love the's been a while since I was there but what's not to love?

Oh, and the bread looks great as always :).

Welcome back.