Spelt bread recipe

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Make a light loaf of spelt bread at home with this cheap, quick and easy recipe

Spelt bread recipe
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Preparation Time20 mins (plus rising time)
Cooking Time40 mins
Total Time1 hours
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories1870 Kcal94%
Sugar7.9 g9%
Fat27.2 g39%
Saturated Fat10.4 g52%
Salt5.45 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein59.7 g119%
Carbohydrates315.7 g121%
Salt5.45 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Spelt bread is different from a standard white loaf as it’s made with spelt flour, which has more protein and fewer calories than plain four.

Our recipe for spelt bread creates delicious and nutritious bread, perfect for toast or sandwiches with lashings of butter, in just one hour. Making your own bread is a relaxing process, especially with this easy recipe. Plus the smell as it bakes is life-affirming. This recipe is not gluten-free, however spelt gluten is a little different to the gluten in common wheat, and many people find it easier to break down and digest than regular flour.


  • 500g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tsp caster sugar
  • 15g softened butter
  • 2tsp easy bake or fast action yeast




  1. Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until it makes fine crumbs, then stir in the yeast.
  2. Measure 100ml boiling water in a jug then top up with cold water to make 300ml water in total, which should be just warm to the touch.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the warm water. Mix together until it forms a soft dough, Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands until the mixture smooth and elastic, this can take up to 10 minutes. (or 5 mins if you use a mixer with a dough hook)
  4. Shape the dough into a fat sausage shape and place in a lightly greased 900g (1kg) loaf tin.
  5. Cover the dough with oiled cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size and has come to the top of the tin.
  6. Preheat your oven to 230°C/440°F/Gas Mark 8.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 and cook for a further 20–25 minutes until the bread is risen and golden brown and sounds hollow.

Tips for making spelt bread:

Turn this bread loaf recipe into a bread roll recipe by shaping the dough into 8 to 9 pieces. Brush with a little milk and when they’ve doubled in size, bake for just 15 to 20 minutes in total.

Please note, the nutritional information provided for this recipe is calculated as a whole recipe, not per portion or person.

What is spelt flour?

Spelt is a type of wheat which people having been eating since at least 5000BC.Spelt flour is made from the entire grain, so it's a wholegrain flour. It's closely related to common wheat but tastes rather different. It has a grainer, nuttier taste that plain flour. It's subtle but distinct enough that you should notice when you bake with it.

Is spelt flour healthier than plain flour?

Nutritionally spelt flour is quite similar to wheat flour, but with a little more protein and antioxidants. Because it's a wholegrain flour, you also get more fibre than you would with refined white flour. However the taste and texture are gentler than normal wholegrain flour, making it great for baking with. 

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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies