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Soaked Spelt Challah


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Soaked Spelt Challah

Grains are known as inflammatory foods. But eaten properly, in the whole form, they can be very good for you. Soaking them helps break it down into a more digestible form for your body. Soaking also makes the whole grains more tender giving a very good texture to your baked items.


  • Prep Time : 30 appro. min
  • Cook Time : 25-30 min
  • Ready Time : 55 min


16 People


  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive or virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
  • 6-7 1/2 cups Fresh ground spelt flour If you aren't using fresh ground it may take a little less flour
  • 2 Eggs (free range)
  • 2 tablespoons Yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1-2 cup Unbleached white flour


Mix into the water the honey, oil, vinegar, and spelt flour. Knead until well mixed. Cover and let sit in warm place for at least 7 hours.

After 7 hours, uncover and add the rest of the ingredients. Add unbleached flour until dough is still a little sticky but not sticking to your hands. Knead for 6-10 minutes.

Take out of bowl and place on clean surface. Divide dough in two equal parts with a dough cutter or knife. Divide each part into three and braid (you can do any type of braid, I like the four braid). Place on a baking stone or oiled cookie sheet. Let rise until double, about 20-30 minutes. Make an egg wash and brush thoroughly onto tops of braids. Sprinkle with poppy seeds or your favorite seasoning. (I like to omit the egg wash and brush with extra virgin olive oil. This adds flavor and gives it a bit of a crust. We also like to sprinkle with Dukkah seasoning purchased at Trader Joes.)

Bake at 350*F for 25-30 minutes until golden and sounds hollow when the bottom is tapped.

I recommend serving this with extra virgin olive oil seasoned with salt and fresh ground pepper.

About ElishevaS


I am the main baker/manager of our family bakery, Cozy Cottage Bakery




4 Responses to Soaked Spelt Challah

  1. avatar says: Tamar

    Shalom Jamie
    Love u so much- you were my inspiration to make Aliyah 3weeks ago!! Karmiel. Hope to meet you one day.
    Bad news and pretty bad mistake: Spelt is NOT gluten free! Actually pretty high gluten content. Oops. If I ate spelt I’d be in pretty serious trouble. Just because it’s wheat free doesn’t mean it’s gf…. Shabbat shalom, Tamar

    • Thanks Tamar, you are right about spelt, where does it say it is gluten free? I want to correct any mistake.

      • avatar says: Barbara

        It does not. I believe Tamar read the gluten free recipe that follows the spelt instead of clicking on the spelt recipe.

  2. avatar says: Barbara

    Just to be sure: I can substitute “sprouted spelt flour” for the fresh ground? How much is “slightly less”?

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