Yeasted Buttermilk Bread
- 4 cups spelt, kamut® or hard winter wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 package dry yeast
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup unbleached white flour
- Combine flour, 1 cup buttermilk and butter in a food processor until a ball forms. If dough is too thick, add more buttermilk, but it should be thick enough to form a ball. Place in a bowl, cover with a towel and leave in a warm place for 12-24 hours.
- Combine water, yeast and honey in a small bowl and leave for 5 minutes or until it bubbles. Add salt and baking soda and mix well. Place half the flour mixture, half the yeast mixture and ½ cup unbleached white flour in a food processor. Process until a smooth ball forms. Repeat with the other half of dough, yeast mixture and white flour.
- Knead the two balls together briefly and place in a buttered bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise 2 hours, until doubled in bulk.
- Punch down, cut the dough in half and process each half in a food processor for30 seconds each.
- Form into loaves and place in buttered loaf pans (preferably stoneware). Cover with a towel and let rise 1-2 hours, until doubled.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Cool on racks.
This is a good compromise bread that can be sliced and used for sandwiches.
Yeast is used, but the flour is soaked in buttermilk first.
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