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Spelt Caterpillar Loaf

No caterpillars were harmed in the making of this loaf...

But it does look like a very freakishly large caterpillar, thankfully it tastes delicious!

700g /24.7 oz spelt flour - I used a mixture of half spelt flour and half malted wheat

10g/0.4 oz salt

7g/0.3oz fast action dried yeast

25g/0.9 oz butter (you can use vegan margarine), melted

1 tablespoon honey (or Maple syrup)

475ml/16 fl oz (approx) lukewarm water

Mix the salt into the spelt flour, then stir in the dried yeast.

Pour in the butter and honey, now slowly add in the water, you might not need it all.

Bring the dough together. If it is sticky add a little more flour, if it is dry and crumbly add a dash more water.

It should form a soft, but not sticky ball.

Lightly flour a flat surface and tip out the dough. Knead for about ten minutes. Alternatively use an electric mixer with a dough hook for about 5 minutes. You are looking for a soft elastic and pliable dough.

Pop the dough in a bowl and cover, leave in a warm place for about an hour to double in size.

Knock back the dough and knead for a minute. Cut the dough into 5 pieces and shape each one into a ball. Lay them in a line and push them together to create a caterpillar shape.

Cover and leave to rise again for a further hour.

Preheat your oven to 200C/440F/Gas 6.

Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes.


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