All-purpose flour is usually used in traditional baking recipes to provide structure to cookies, cakes, breads, and other baked goods.All-purpose flour is not allowed if you have a wheat allergy.The nutty flavor of spelt flour makes it an ideal alternative.To get the same moist texture and structure for your baked goods that you would get with all-purpose flour, you need to adjust your recipe just a bit.
Step 1: White spelt flour can be used instead of all-purpose flour.
There are two types of spelt flour: white and whole.White spelt flour has the germ removed so it will have a lighter texture in baked goods.It is the best substitute for all-purpose flour in your favorite recipes.White spelt flour can be found in the organic section of traditional grocery stores.
Step 2: The amount of liquids reduced by 14.
All-purpose flour is water-soluble.If you are substituting spelt, you don’t need to mix as much liquid into your recipes.The best results come from reducing the amount of liquid ingredients.If you make a recipe with a liquid that is hard to reduce, you can increase the amount of flour you use.If you need to add whole eggs, you can increase the amount of spelt flour by 10% or more.
Step 3: It is a good idea to mix the dough or batter lightly.
It is important to handle the dough or batter with care because of the differences between all-purpose flour and spelt flour.If you mix too much all-purpose flour, you can end up with flaky baked goods.The dough or batter needs to be just combined.
Step 4: To test, start with just 14 spelt flour.
If you are beginning to experiment with spelt flour substitution, it is best to ease your way into it.To see how the finished product turns out, replace just 14 of the all-purpose flour in your recipe with spelt.When you know how it will affect the recipe, you can gradually increase the amount of spelt.You don’t have to reduce the amount of liquid if you only use 14 spelt flour.If you have to adjust the liquids, see how the final product turns out.
Step 5: For pancakes, use 100% spelt flour.
You can make a substitution for pancakes with all-purpose flour.The spelt will give the pancakes a rich, sweet whole wheat flavor, while still creating a moist, fluffy texture.If you are doing a 1 for 1 substitution with spelt in your pancakes, be sure to reduce the liquids by 14.
Step 6: Half spelt and half all-purpose can be used for cookies, muffins, and breads.
It’s important that baked goods have a moist, soft texture.You can use half spelt and half all-purpose flour instead of using a 1 for 1 substitution.It will keep them from being too heavy.If you’re using half spelt and half all-purpose flour, you don’t need to reduce the liquid in the recipe.
Step 7: You can use 50% spelt flour with yeast breads.
If you are making a delicious yeast bread, using all spelt flour in place of all-purpose can lead to dry bread that has a pronounced whole wheat flavor.Half spelt flour keeps the bread moist and provides a sweet, mild flavor.If you only use 50% spelt flour in your yeast bread recipe, you don’t have to reduce the liquid.
Step 8: Put the flour in a container.
Whole spelt is more refined than white spelt.It is a good idea to sift it before mixing it into your recipes as a substitution for all-purpose flour.That will help break up any clumps.
Step 9: If you want to make accurate measurements, weigh spelt flour.
All-purpose flour may weigh the same, but a cup of spelt may not.To make sure you get the correct amount of spelt flour, weigh it on a food scale.One cup of all-purpose flour contains 125 grams.
Step 10: Baking powder can be used for self raising flour.
Baking goods are not allowed to rise all that much.If you are replacing self-rising all purpose flour in a recipe, make sure to mix in 34 of baking powder for every cup of spelt flour you use to get a good rise.