While away on holiday taking it easy by the beach, long strolls, good books and my box of bread making things, I thought I'd give spelt a bit of a go. I found your spelt bake-off thread you all contributed to a while back - http://sourdough.com/forum/topic/1049 and had a good read through all the 200 some entries, great reading thanks! Decided to use Dom's recipe for better or worse (worse as it turns out!), but I think I lost my way.
I had to use wheat wholemeal instead of spelt wholemeal, as NZ is fairly challenged when it comes to flours and I could only find one type of spelf flour - organic, white, unbleached. The dough was F A R tooooooooo wet, even tried adding in some wheat bread flour, but thought I can't possibly add anymore flour so stopped and just decided to proof it. It looked fine in the bannetton after proofing, but as soon as I tipped it out to be baked it deflated like a popped balloon!! I optimistically hoped for a brilliant oven spring, but I really was dreaming!
Oh and my friends beach house didn't have any kitchen scales so I was guesstimating measurements by the cup full, and I keep telling myself that's why it ended up so bad! But seriously that could have a lot (well something) to do with it, spelt does weigh less than bread flour so I perhaps didn't have enough in the recipe. Tra, la, la, la, la ...
So i thought I'd fess up, post photos just in case anyone else out there has had a similar experience but was too shy to say. I do feel like the worlds biggest loser as there were so many WONDERFUL photos of spelt breads on your bake-off thread, but oh well, there's nothing like experience ....... good and bad :o(
The loaf looks a little like that space ship out of Close Encounters:
and the crumb, well words escape me (f l a t bread maybe):
but at least its openish, given the height I couldn't expect much more! I did eat it, and it was pleasant enough. Couldn't exactly make a sandwich, but it did fine with a slather of butter and jam! I feel stink, but hey, I'll try again another day. Any hot tips welcome!