Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spinach Italian Bread

Crusty, soft centered and wonderfully full of seasoned flavors with a touch of cheese.
This bread goes great with Italian dishes, fruit spreads or just with a healthy spread of butter.
I used quick rise yeast today with my bread maker so it was ready to eat in just over an hour.

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasonings
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper                  
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast or rapid rise
  • Optional 2 Tbs. sesame seeds


     Place all ingredients except spinach in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select white bread cycle. After about a minute of kneading, sprinkle in crumbled squeeze dried spinach over dough as it mixes.  I used rapid rise yeast with this and it worked fine.
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    1. Wow... this looks wonderful!! I was looking for something to do with the Spelt flour I bought! Bet is smells wonderful too! I don't have a bread machine though... think I'll give it a try the old way ;-)

    2. Thanks, bread always smells so good but this one really was great with all the seasonings built in to the dough. The crust was just tough enough and the center spongy so it worked perfectly with our spaghetti dinner tonight. Be sure and write back how it worked out in the oven (mine's still broken) cause I wasn't sure what to say about bake times and all.



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