Yeast night spelt bread baked in a cast iron pot

For some time now, I have been baking most of my breads in a cast iron pot. Crispy and golden crust without the use of steam is one of the advantages of baking bread in a cast iron pot. We can also bake such bread on a heated pizza stone or in an ovenproof dish, nevertheless, I recommend a cast iron pot, because it is an investment for many years.

spelt bread on yeast

In the pot, we can bake not only sourdough bread, but also, for many people, easier yeast bread. I receive messages from you that baking on sourdough is troublesome, that it requires experience, time and patience, and that the sourdough starter needs to be regularly fed and nurtured. So I propose a yeasty spelt overnight bread (overnight fermentation in the refrigerator). Thanks to spelt flour, we will bake a delicious bread with a nutty flavor.

Whole grain spelt flour (type 2000) This one! is a healthier alternative to wheat flour. It combines well with other flours, in this recipe in a duo with bread wheat flour type 750. Spelt flour is rich in zinc, copper and selenium. It contains a higher amount of easily digestible protein than wheat flour. It is valued for its linolenic acid (omega-3) content.

spelt yeast bread

For example, here is the (approximate) schedule according to which I prepare this bread:

Day 1

18:00 - I mix flours and water, autolysis

19:00 - I add yeast and salt, knead the dough

19:30 - I fold

20:00 - submitting

20:30 - submitting

21:00  - I fold one last time and put the dough in the refrigerator overnight for proofing

Day 2

07:00  - takes the bowl of dough out of the refrigerator

08:00  - I put the dough on the countertop, form a loaf and put it in the basket

09:00 - I bake

Dough rising time is approximate parameters. It all depends on the strength of the yeast and the temperature in the kitchen. This should be monitored, as the rising time can vary for everyone.

spelt bread on yeast


200 g whole grain spelt flour  This one!

300 g bread wheat flour type 750

350 g water

10 g fresh yeast

8 g salt


Day one - evening

Dissolve yeast in 50 g of water.

350g of water and both flours are mixed in a bowl, just until the ingredients are combined, cover and set aside for autolysis. After this time, add the diluted yeast and salt. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, cover and set aside for initial fermentation for 2 hours.  During fermentation, fold the dough 4 times every 30 minutes.

How to fold the dough? Fold the dough without removing it from the bowl. With moistened hands, pull each side of the dough upward and fold inward, like an envelope.

After the final folding, cover the bowl with plastic wrap (I recommend a plastic bathing cap) and place in the refrigerator for 10 - 12 hours.

Day two - in the morning

Remove the bowl with the dough from the refrigerator and let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour. Then gently turn the dough out onto a floured pastry board, form a loaf and place it in a floured  growing basket (or, for example, a bowl lined with linen cloth and also floured). Cover and leave at room temperature to rise for about 1 hour.

Before baking, while the dough is rising in the basket, heat a cast iron pot with a lid  in the oven for about  30 - 45 minutes at 250°C. 

Remember the protective gloves!

Transfer the loaf gently to the baking paper, cut  for example, with a razor blade.  Transfer, together with the paper to a strongly heated pot, cover with a lid and bake for 15 minutes at 250°C.  After 15 minutes, lower the temperature to 200°C and bake for another 15 minutes, continuing with the lid.  Bake the last 15 minutes without the lid. Cool the bread on a griddle.


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