Spelt, nut, seed and fruit tea loaf

Spelt nut, seed and fruit tea loaf

This spelt bread if  is a variation of the banana walnut loaf that I have posted previously. Spelt appears to take longer to cook so if you are using spelt in other cakes and bread recipes you may need to leave in 10-20 minutes longer than a wheat flour based version. If you don't have spelt for this recipe and you are using wheat flour, check the tea loaf after 40 minutes.

Nutritional Qualities

Spelt is by nature a whole-food. Unlike wheat, where vital nutritional bran and germ are usually removed during milling, the vital substances of spelt are found in the inner kernel of the grain. However this does not mean that spelt makes a heavy loaf. In fact the exact opposite is true. The real beauty of spelt is in its ability to make a really light, highly nutritious loaf with an appealing nutty flavour. The protein in spelt is such that when the flour is turned into bread it bakes well and results in a very light, soft textured loaf with good keeping qualities which doesn’t shed crumbs when sliced.

AuthorMoofremamaCategory, DifficultyBeginner

How to eat it

Delicious on it's own, drizzled with fresh orange icing, melted dark chocolate or warm with melted apricot jam or custard.

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Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 minsCook Time50 minsTotal Time1 hr

Ingredients

 2.50 cups Spelt flour
 1 cup Sugar
 1 pinch Salt
 1 tsp Baking powder
 1 tsp Baking Soda
 0.50 cup Plant based milk
 2 Mashed Bananas
 1 cup Walnuts
 1 cup Blueberries or cranberries or mixed dried fruit
 10 Chopped dates
 0.50 cup Oil such as Rapeseeds or groundnut or sunflower
 1 Zested and juiced orange
 0.50 cup Seeds such as sunflower, poppy, pumpkin
 0.50 cup Nuts for decorating the top of the loaf before baking

Method

1

Preheat the oven to 350 ° F / 180 ° C.

2

Oil a 23 x 13 cm (9 x 5) bread pan and sprinkle lightly with flour

3

In a bowl mix together the mashed bananas, 1 cup of walnuts, dates, dried fruit, orange juice and zest, vegetable oil, plant milk and sugar until smooth then set aside.

4

In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda

5

Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stir just a few times

6

Spread the batter in the prepared pan

7

Top the batter with walnut halves and any other nuts or seeds you fancy such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds

8

Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

9

Let cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the pan.

10

Dust with icing sugar or drizzle with orange or lemon icing, Cut into slices and enjoy!

Ingredients

 2.50 cups Spelt flour
 1 cup Sugar
 1 pinch Salt
 1 tsp Baking powder
 1 tsp Baking Soda
 0.50 cup Plant based milk
 2 Mashed Bananas
 1 cup Walnuts
 1 cup Blueberries or cranberries or mixed dried fruit
 10 Chopped dates
 0.50 cup Oil such as Rapeseeds or groundnut or sunflower
 1 Zested and juiced orange
 0.50 cup Seeds such as sunflower, poppy, pumpkin
 0.50 cup Nuts for decorating the top of the loaf before baking

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 ° F / 180 ° C.

2

Oil a 23 x 13 cm (9 x 5) bread pan and sprinkle lightly with flour

3

In a bowl mix together the mashed bananas, 1 cup of walnuts, dates, dried fruit, orange juice and zest, vegetable oil, plant milk and sugar until smooth then set aside.

4

In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda

5

Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stir just a few times

6

Spread the batter in the prepared pan

7

Top the batter with walnut halves and any other nuts or seeds you fancy such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds

8

Bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

9

Let cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the pan.

10

Dust with icing sugar or drizzle with orange or lemon icing, Cut into slices and enjoy!

Spelt, nut, seed and fruit tea loaf