Ever since we opened our bakery in East Vancouver, this loaf has been a customer favourite. It's not hard to see why, especially for those who love spelt. For this recipe, you need our Whole Grain Spelt Flour and our Sifted Red Spring Flour. To watch our team shape this loaf, head here.
Note: This recipe is suited to those who have some experience baking sourdough bread. For beginner bread bakers, we recommend to try our Basic Sourdough Boule 2.0 recipe.
Seeded Spelt Pan Loaf
~ yields two loaves in pans 12cm wide/7cm tall/22cm long
Add the water and starter, followed by the flour to a large mixing bowl (using the tare function on your scale as you go). Mix by hand until there are no dry spots and a shaggy dough is formed. Let the dough rest in a warm place for 30 minutes covered with a tea towel. This stage is called the autolyse.
Next, add the salt to your dough. Wet your hands and squeeze the dough to incorporate it into your dough.
Once combined, transfer your dough to a new bowl that is lightly oiled and perform your first fold by grasping the top of the dough, stretching it until there is resistance, and folding it onto itself towards the bottom. Do the same from bottom to top, and side to side. You want to fold until you feel resistance from the dough and it feels nice and tight. Flip the dough over and let sit again, covered with a tea towel, for 30 minutes.
Repeat this folding process 5 more times for a total of 5 folds with 30 minutes of rest time between each fold. This is called the bulk fermentation stage and is 2.5 hours total for the bulk fermentation.
Before you perform the third fold add the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and squeeze into the dough the same way you added the salt. Do not worry if they are not very evenly distributed as the next folds will mix them in even further.
Pre-shape & Bench Rest
After the last fold and final 30 minute rest, invert the dough onto the counter. Divide into two equal portions.
To pre-shape, round the dough in on itself by rotating the portioned dough with a bench scraper and your hand. The loaf should feel taut on the surface but not tear. If you see any tearing of the loaf immediately stop shaping. Lightly dust the top with flour and let sit, uncovered, for another 20-30 minutes. This is called the bench rest.
Final Shape & Bake
Begin by spraying or oiling your loaf pans. Then, flip the pre-shaped round over and fold the top in towards the middle, pressing down slightly. Do the same with the bottom. Rotate 180° and grab the top and bring down again towards the middle. Roll it in on itself until you reach the end, pressing down slightly to create a seam. Transfer, seam side down, into the loaf pan. Brush with water and add some extra seed blend to the top of the loaves. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Pull bread from the fridge and proof at room temperature for 1-2 hours. Check to see if your bread is proofed by pressing a lightly floured finger into the dough. When you remove your finger the indentation you made should remain and only very slightly spring back. Once you reach this stage preheat your oven to 450°F. Set up your racks with one in the middle of the oven and one underneath. Fill a shallow cake pan (you want one that is shallow enough to fit on the bottom rack) with about an inch of water and slide in between the two racks to sit on the bottom rack.
Lightly score the loaves (this is optional but your bread may naturally crack open if you do not score), and place on the middle rack. Lower the oven to 425°F and bake for 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes, very carefully remove the cake pan with water from the oven. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until a thermometer inserted into the middle of the loaf reads 200°F. Remove from the oven and immediately invert out onto a wire rack to cool. This recipe may take some tweaking in terms of baking times and temperatures. We found when testing that each of our ovens had a slightly different bake. It is important to check the temperature throughout your bake as this is the most reliable way to ensure that your loaf is fully baked. We do not recommend trying this recipe without a thermometer.
Note: This recipe was created by our bakers and is tested for use with our freshly milled flours.