baking with spelt flour

Spelt flour tart

When it comes to a choice of flour I would always choose dark or wholegrain. I find their unique flavour and texture more inspiring. I have just realised and it’s actually quite satisfying, that, when it comes to baking, the choice of ingredients are entirely up to me. But, as I said before, I made my preferences years ago. At first, I was slightly obsessed with  Rye flour. And I baked a lot. Mainly bread at that stage. (Luckily there wasn’t a need for bread more then a couple of times per week). Then along came Buckwheat flour. Bread, pastry you name it, all made with Buckwheat flour. Lately my flour of choice is – Spelt! Wholemeal more often then white spelt flour but equally loved in our household.

Spelt flour tart

Now, as I type this I am thinking all that is wrong! These words should be accompanied by pictures of  chocolate chips cookies, made with spelt flour. As you can see, spelt flour has found its way into many delicious treats we enjoy in our home. Chocolate chips cookies are the ultimate treat for my son. The only problem I am facing here is that they disappear way too fast! so you can imagine how hard it is to take the photos. As a matter of fact I made these cookies the same evening as this gorgeous tart (the words came almost out of guilt, because I am giving way too much space to a different sweet – forgive me) but having another two kids over for dinner, all the cookies were gone in the blink of an eye while this spelt flour and quince jam tart was patiently waiting, through out the entire dinner, to be served to the adults. The chocolate chips cookies would have to wait for their turn… Soon, I promise.

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quince jam

Quince jam

Quinces are in season! It’s Autumn in this part of the world and besides the wonderful changes in nature, especially its colours, quinces would be one of the first signs that the seasons are changing. Next is Winter in its white clothes but that is another story to tell. Old habits are hard to change. Speaking as a true continental climate adorer – I know.

Quince jam

In my opinion quinces are slightly neglected, compared to other fruits. Back in time, when my mum was a little girl, they used to keep them in their pantries or kitchens through the whole winter, just for the sake of the wonderful aroma. Somehow they used to stay fresh for a long time. What memories and what a special place they had back then.

Quince jam

So quinces are popular – where I come from. You can find them hanging from beautiful quince trees in many backyards, back home. My in-laws have a few of them in the beautiful orchard, surrounding their holiday house. We ate many unique cakes made with this golden fruit and I will share some of them, but what I really want to do this time is the jam. Quince jam! Continue reading