red quinoa & seeded spelt bread

4th January 2015


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red quinoa & seeded spelt bread

Makes one medium round loaf/sandwich loaf.

Feel free to play with different flours.  I recommend using half white flour and the rest of the flour a combination of  whole-spelt and/or whole-wheat, sometimes with half a cup of rye, barley or Kamut flour.  Whatever inspires you.   I make this bread weekly, usually sliced thinly and toasted eaten with hummus, drizzled with olive oil and spread with avocado.   Sometimes as well as the seeds I’ve listed I add poppy, sometimes millet or sesame.  I bake it in a bread loaf other times as a free-form round loaf.  I love the dramatic addition of the of red quinoa which gives it a silky texture and nutty flavour.

to cook the quinoa 

¼ cup red quinoa

½ cup water

for the bread 

1 cup water

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup linseed/flax (If you are not adding linseed it is very important to lessen the water by ¼ cup, as the linseed soak up a lot of the moisture.)

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp molasses/maple syrup

1¼ tsp salt

1½ cups white spelt flour

1½ cups whole-spelt flour

1 tsp dried yeast

sunflower seeds, caraway and black sesame for the outside


1.  Cook the quinoa, covered, until the water had evaporated – set aside and allow to cool.  (I like to slightly undercook it by simmering gently with the lid off until the water has evaporates and then allowing it to sit covered until cool.)

2.  In the bowl of a standing mixer add 1 cup water, the seeds and nuts, oil and sweetener.  On top of this add the flour, salt and lastly the yeast.  Do not mix.

3.  Fit the mixer with the dough hook attachment and mix on low for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.

4.  Add the cooked quinoa and mix until well combined.  If it looks too wet add 2 Tbsp more flour but keep in mind it should be sticky.

5.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and cover with a tea towel  – allow to sit at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 ½ hours.

6.  Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and with oiled hands knead the dough by pushing it down and over itself for a few minutes.

7.  If you are baking this in a loaf pan than stretch the dough to a rectangle 20 x 25cm.  Roll tightly as if you were rolling a swiss roll, close the seam well by pressing the edges together.  Otherwise, for a free-form round loaf shape the dough into a ball.

8.  Brush with oil/ghee, lightly sprinkle with caraway, black sesame and sunflower seeds – cover lightly with a tea towel and allow to rise near a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.

9.  Half an hour before the bread has risen, centre a rack or baking stone in the centre of the oven and heat the oven to 210 degrees Celsius.

10.  When the bread and oven are ready, bake for 35 -40 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove and allow to cool on a rack.

If you are unsure whether the loaf has cooked through, turn the oven off and let it sit in the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Once cooled (very important), slice and enjoy with your favourite spread.


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  • Marie-Michel

    I made this bread a few times in the last weeks. Today I had left over rice from lunch so I used it instead of the quinoa. It turned out well. I think the first four times I baked this bread I left it to bake too long, so it became too dry. Today I took it out if the oven at 35 min, and it was perfect (instead of 45 minutes like I did before.) This bread is a treat warm right out of the oven with butter….thank you.

    • Good Ness

      Hi Marie – Michel, The penny dropped finally and I just recognised who you are. So glad you are visiting and trying out a few recipes. I hope we see each other again soon in India. love Stace

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