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. 🙂

Self-made and grandma-approved!

Ingredients

  • 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.
Out of the oven and with a yummy crust.

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!

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