Spelt Focaccia

Gavin WrenBaking, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Tender, fresh, homemade Italian spelt focaccia, studded with rosemary sprigs and drizzled with olive oil. The job of baking bread at home may seem like an onerous task, but when it produces such beautifully tender, flavoursome bread, the ability to bake your own bread begins to feel more like a special privilege.
Twenty-six recipes. That's how many you'll find on my blog which feature spelt flour. With the inclusion of this recipe for spelt focaccia it's a total of twenty-seven on the list. Having created so many spelt recipes, I've become a bit of an expert on this ancient grain and today's recipe has drawn on that knowledge. This fresh, tender, aromatic homemade Italian spelt focaccia, studded with rosemary sprigs and drizzled with olive oil is simply beautiful and a treasure to adorn your table.

Yes, Italian Food, Again.
I love good Italian food, it holds a highly seductive allure for me, because when it's good, it's magical. The beauty is often in the simplicity of using great ingredients, then treating them with incredible respect. Unfortunately, it has historically seen some shocking handling at the mercy of the UK restaurant trade and via the over-spiced, over-flavoured... come and read more...

Low Sugar Dark Chocolate Spelt Brownies

Gavin WrenBaking, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Low sugar dark chocolate spelt brownies made using dates to sweeten, providing a delicious rich brownie recipe with only a fraction of the sugar of most brownie recipes. These delicious brownies make a great treat if you're cutting out refined sugar or if you simply want to reduce your sugar intake without foregoing some delicious baked treats! Time to get baking!
Today’s recipe is low sugar dark chocolate spelt brownies, a rich and dark recipe sweetened with dates instead of mountains of refined sugar. Cakes with no refined sugar can present challenges to the baker, because sugar gives structure to cakes as it’s a solid once cooled. Luckily brownies are all the better for being thick, squidgy and gooey, which are boxes these spelt brownies comprehensively tick. Whether you’re simply wanting to cut down on your sugar intake, or are seeking to cut out refined sugar completely, these beauties are the ones for you. The Message. The world is obsessed with sugar. Everyone’s talking about it. There are those who love the white powder, lacing their tea with “milk and three, love” and vocally decrying any suggestions of cutting down or taxation of the sweet stuff as nanny state bollocks. At the other end of the scale we have those who…

Spelt Madeleines with Rosewater

Gavin WrenBaking, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Whimsical spelt madeleines flavoured with fragrant rosewater and decorated with delicate edible rose petals are a delicious afternoon tea time treat as well as being made with no refined sugar, so feature high up on the healthy bake stakes!
Today’s recipe is dedicated to Maryam at www.thepersianfusion.com for her amazing recipes that she produces on a regular basis. If you’ve not seen her blog then I strongly recommend you go and have a look at the amazing food she has to offer. After seeing her post a test recipe for rhubarb and rosewater cake served with chantilly cream and rosewater on Twitter I just had to go and get my rosewater out of the cupboard and have a play around, resulting in these spelt madeleines. I’m living in a box. I’m trying to find somewhere to live in London. Somewhere to live that doesn’t cost multiple millions of pounds, yet is larger than a 21cm springform baking tin. It seems the two things aren’t mutually exclusive, either I live in a springform baking tin which is affordable and accessible, alternatively, I pay millions upon millions (huh, I wish) to…

Spelt Pizza Bases: A Guide to Perfect Pizza

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains, Vegetarian

Perfect spelt pizza bases made with spelt flour to create crispy, thin crust, beautiful homemade pizzas that any Italian would be proud of to top how you like or enjoy the beauty of a margherita, perfect for the summer weather and a meal that everyone can get involved in.
Making homemade spelt pizza is an utter joy, once you know how to ‘Do It Right’. It’s about three years since my first highly unsuccessful attempt to make a spelt pizza, and about 7 years since I first tried homemade pizzas, so I now fully understand all of the details required to make a light, crispy, delicious spelt pizza base, without causing utter carnage in the kitchen, spilling toppings all over the place or ending up with uncooked bases. In this post I’m going to tell you how to make perfect spelt pizzas, every time. Bella Italia. This all appears at a time when I’ve gone all ‘Bella Italia’, feeling a surge of passionate loyalty for our mediterranean cousins down there. Since writing this blog, I’ve taken on a deeper understanding of Italian food, I feel as though I’ve begun to understand the soul behind Italian food. I don’t have…

Lemon & ginger spelt fruit bread

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

spelt fruit bread
I have a personal rule regarding food that I make food for the blog, a promise to myself that I will not over-eat. Sounds simple, eh? You might think so, but sometimes I make dishes for the blog at peculiar times of the day or end up with way more food than I need, and I really don’t like wasting food. So, rather than engage in some kind of bacchanalian feast with it all, I try to do the right thing and save it for later, freeze it, or just eat it as my next meal. This is because at 37 years old I weigh nearly 5 stone (30kg) less than I did around my 30th Birthday and there’s no way I’m letting that weight sneak back in without me noticing. This soupçon of personal restraint provides me with an infallible indicator of a recipe’s success, and that’s if it…

Fruit loaded mini cherry clafoutis

Gavin WrenBaking, Dairy free baking, Desserts, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains

Mini cherry clafoutis with no added sugar
It’s food based confessional again, this time I’ll confess that I didn’t eat strawberries for thirty years. Damn, that sounds like a long time. I have a slight recollection of eating berries as a young child, but spent my teens, twenties and some of my thirties professing that I simply didn’t like berries, currants or any fruit in that genre such as grapes. Cherries also fall under that large sweeping generalisation, as they’re far too berry-like to be in any other fruit group to my mind. Then, a few years ago I was shaking off some old (bad) habits and was encouraged to test the boundaries of my wild new leaf turning exercise by eating a strawberry. Part of me wondered if it was a textural thing. Berrys are quite mushy, whereas the fruits I liked (apples, pears, oranges… errr, pineapple) had a perceived texture or zing to them. I…