Here comes another tasty bread recipe, this time with an interesting twist: hazelnuts. I like this bread because the hazelnuts add such a distinct flavor to it. I baked this one for my grandmother last week and sent it to her to give her some joy during the Corona virus pandemic – and she loved it! Since this one is grandma-approved, there is no reason why you should not give it a go as well. 🙂
400 g wholegrain spelt
100 g ground hazelnuts
2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon salt
100 g sourdough (make sure to activate it in time)
ca. 180-200 ml lukewarm yeast water (if you do not have any at hand, just use regular water)
How to Make It
Mix the spelt and the hazelnuts. Add the syrup (or honey) and the salt and mix it. Add the sourdough and mix it.
Keep mixing and slowly add the yeast water.
Knead the dough for at least 10 minutes.
Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover it, and let it rest in a warm spot for at least 2½ to 3 hours. The dough should have grown significantly in size.
Take a spatula and fold the outer edges into the middle of the ball of dough and put the loaf into a proofing basket (really, any kind of breadbasket works fine in my experience). If you do not own one, no problem at all – just form a loaf with your hands. Cover the loaf with a moist towel and let it rest in a warm spot for another 2-3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 250° C. If you have a pizza stone, great – put it on the oven now and heat it up thoroughly. If you do not have a pizza stone, also no problem – you can bake your bread on a normal baking tray. I recommend heating up the tray in the oven as well.
Take a sharp knife and make three diagonal cuts across the loaf. Sprinkle the loaf with a bit of water and a bit of flour.
Fill a fire-resistant small bowl with water and put it on the floor of the oven. Bake the bread at 250° C for 40-45 minutes.
Once the bread is done, turn off the oven and let the bread cool inside the oven.
How did your bread turn out? Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram and Twitter. I would love to hear from you!