Whole Grain Spelt Sandwich Bread


3 1/2 cups whole grain spelt flour
1 1/2 tsp. instant rapid rise yeast
1 tsp. fine sea salt
1 1/2 TBSP orange juice
1 cup warm water (not hot!)
3 TBSP pure maple syrup
2 TBSP unsweetened applesauce


  • Mix flour, yeast and salt with warm water. Add maple syrup, orange juice and applesauce and stir.
  • Add mixture to flour. Mix well.
  • Knead dough in a bowl for about 5 minutes until it is an elastic texture, but not sticky.
  • Place in a large non-stick bowl, cover and place in the oven with the light on for approx. 45 minutes. Should double in size.
  • Punch dough down, then place onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a turn just a few times.
  • Form into a loaf shape and place in a sprayed 9x5 pan.
    (We roll or sprinkle ours in seeds, nuts and oatmeal at this point.)
  • Cover with plastic wrap, place in completely cool oven and let rise 30-45 minutes.
  • Take dough out and preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Remove plastic wrap and bake for 25-30 mins.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes before removing from pan.
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