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How can you make bread in a bread machine with spelt flour?

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Making spelt flour bread in a bread machine involves layering the dry ingredients on top of the liquids before running the machine. Spelt is a whole grain that's high in dietary fiber and that some wheat-sensitive people can tolerate.

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One recipe for spelt bread calls for warming 1 1/4 cups water to roughly 105 degrees Fahrenheit and pouring it in the well of the bread machine. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 2 tablespoons canola oil and 3 tablespoons honey.

Carefully pour in 3 1/2 cups spelt flour so it forms a mound, and use a spoon to make a well in the peak. Spoon 1 3/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast into the well, and run the bread machine according to manufacturer's instructions. The recipe makes a 1 1/2 pound loaf.

A similar recipe replaces the canola oil with olive oil, which imparts a different flavor. For this recipe, start with 1 1/2 cups tepid water, 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Layer 2 cups spelt flour on top, and make the well. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons fast-action yeast.

The gluten structure in spelt flour is more fragile than in wheat flour, which makes it somewhat easier to digest. For this reason, though, it requires less kneading and rises faster than wheat bread. Use the shortest cycle available in the bread machine.

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