Emma’s Experiment Comparing Bronze Chief, Prairie Gold, and Spelt for Making Bread

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Let me know what you thought of this little video. I make bread quite a bit. I made a lot of mistakes when I was learning, but over the past few years I’ve learned to do it well. Do you have any bread making questions you’d like me to discuss?

 

I saw that most of you who wrote me comments wanted my bread recipe. Here is the recipe I used for this experiment. There’s really nothing super fancy about my bread recipe. In fact, it will probably look a lot like your own. Probably the main thing that makes my bread turn out this well is that I always use freshly ground flour. I also knead the dough very well (in the Bosch mixer). I think those two factors are the most important part of making bread rise well. I do have a few other techniques you might find interesting. I’ll try to put together another video for you about that.

Emma

 

 

wow, what a great video. Now you have to post the recipe :)

Thanks for the information, Emma. I usually use white wheat for my bread but I will try mixing them.

i would like your recipe using the three different types of wheat. thanks julie

HI Emma. Great informative video! Since I don’t know how exactly how to make this bread, would you please make a video of how to make the bread from start to finish? My 8 yo son and I would love to do this together! Then if we get it right with your help, we can buy more bulk flours. Thanks so much!!

Oh my goodness! Your bread is so beautiful! I think I’d have a hard time deciding whether to frame it or eat it (I’m pretty sure eating would win!)! Thank you for the helpful info. We are new to bulk grain buying and grinding so this is just the info I was looking for. This will definitely help us! I agree with another comment – next time show us your techniques! Jennifer

Thanks, Emma. This video was very helpful. I have only been using the Prairie Gold wheat as I’ve tried to remember my bread-making skills from years ago. I must be doing something wrong because my loaves never rise as high as yours. Maybe your next video could show us how to make bread as lovely as yours. Thanks again.

Yes, thank you, Emma, for doing the trial and error for us! Your explanations were clear and helpful. We had some spelt pancakes and I was wondering they were ‘flatter than a pancake’ but still enjoyed by all!…Carol Hipp.

Thanks for the info! Do you bake in the oven or bread machine?

Thanks for the tip Emma. I will definitely consider giving Spelt a try. I love nutty flavors! Here is something to try… when in a pinch I use Wheat Montana’s white flour mixed with my wheat germ and whole wheat bran. It makes an easy, light, flavorful bread. One can not always take the time to grind the wheat berries for bread, so I find this a huge time saver as well as a special bread flavor for my family. Why Wheat MOntana? Well because it is non bleached, non bromated, non chemicals. It makes great doughs for pizza, breads, and baking.

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Emma, I really enjoyed your video! I have been making bread for years but I have had trouble with Spelt bread. Would you share your recipe with us? :)

Your bread looks wonderful! I need to try the spelt. I’ve never known what to use it for!

Wonderful video, Emma! I, like others, will buy spelt on the next order. Make sure you get your commission! ;) Renee

Great job, Emma! We would also love the full recipe you use to make your bread, if you are willing to share it!

Very nice Emma. Would love your recipes and techniques on bread making. I am a newbie to it all, waiting to buy a wheat mill and bread maker. Keep up the great videos! Denise-Madison,TN.

That was great, Emma! Thank you taking the time to investigate and share!

Thanks so much Emma. I am a city girl with very little knowledge on bread baking and have just begun my venture this past year. I wish we could have you over to help me out in person! :) Thanks, Catherine

Emma! Great video! Thanks for putting your time into that!

Yay Emma!! Great job!! Next time your mom brings you to Jackson, please come over!! I need you to teach Piper (age 5) how to make our bread. I need her to take over the bread making in the next couple of years. :)

emma, thank you for this. will you please post your recipe? that would be so helpful! i’ve been grinding my own wheat for a few months but not getting the good results from the recipe i’ve been using for years on pre-ground flour. suggestions?

I am using hard white wheat, as recommended on your site. It is good. I have not formed opinion yet, as I have only made it in the Bread Machine (Zoe), an not manually (where it taste better). Avinash Chandra

Enjoyed the video Emma. I was thinking of trying the spelt and now I am sure to. Just recently bought a flour mill and I am really enjoying it. Thanks for the info.

Thank-you for the demo. It was very interesting. Gracie Anne

Thank you Emma for going to all that trouble to teach us about the differences! I have tried the different organic wheat flours and even almond flour but you have inspired me to try the spelt! And it never occurred to me to mix the flours, you are so smart for pointing that out! It would have really helped my rock hard lumps when I was attempting to make bread out of 100% almond flour!

Great job Emma. I recently began making my own bread because we are getting prepared for the increase of food prices we are seeing now. The recipe I use calls for 3 cups white wheat and 1/2 cup red. I grind that and use the flour to make two loaves. Lynn

emma, you are such a great bread maker – i love your passion – your information was clear and helpful and interesting to watch and listen to. thanks for sharing your findings with us :). jan fox

Emma, what a wonderful job! I bake a lot of bread…but have actually never tried spelt. I’ve really been missing something! Thank you!

Very helpful! I think it is clear that everybody wants your recipe plus the step by step instructions. The breads look yummmy! Corina

Thank you for sharing Emma. You have inspired me to try the spelt. Also, I had never thought of combining the 3 grains. Your loaves are so beautiful, maybe sometime you could show us how you make your bread. Laurie Jordan

Wonderful, Emma! Your bread comparison video is just what I needed to choose a wheat purchase. I am new to bread making but I think I can learn to do this. How I wish you had more bread making videos to help new learners in the process. You might show the various steps of recipes and give tips on how to avoid mistakes, etc. You know, I think you could make a business of teaching bread-making. Thanks again for the video. Well written and a great job! –Cheryl Jamison Smith in Waverly, TN

Very helpful! You seem to be an excellant bread baker! What is your recipe?

Would you post the recipe for the spelt bread please?

Very Helpful Emma, Thank you

Wonderful video! I appreciate the sharing of your bread making experience. Very practical and easy to follow. I agree with some of the other reviewers. Would you please share the actual bread making and baking………thanx, pat

Simply fabulous, Emma! I’m so excited about trying the spelt. Thanks a bunch!

Nicely done, Emma, I enjoyed your video!

A very helpful video and comments. Thanks, Emma

Hi Emma, I thought you were so very thorough in your presentation. I learned everything from you! Your uncle Raisin and I are here and he liked raisins in his bread! Do you wonder who we are?? We are your grammy’s sister and brother in law – that means that we are your great aunt and uncle from San Diego, CA. We are so proud of you! What an excellent video presentation. Wow – we hope to meet you some day. Your grammy and grandpa love you so much! Mary and Ray

Thanks to your video, I now know why my spelt bread does not rise.
Emma, This is a great video! George

May be the recipe of the bread would make it taste even better. George
Thanks Emma! Very informative!

You did a great job on the video. I use spelt and white winter wheat but never thought about combining three for a good combination! :)

Very helpful Emma! I enjoy your videos. I especially appreciated the pie crust video. Although I enjoy baking,a good pie crust has eluded me. Now that I have frozen apples, and know how to make a good pie crust, I can make our famiies’ favorite apple pie even better!I’ve been making bread with just Prarie Gold wheat, but want to try Spelt now. Thank you so much. Do you add wheat gluten to your recipe to help it rise? Fran Beach

Thank you for making this informative video. This is the first time I have seen the differences demonstrated in such a clear way. sincerely Urania

Great idea for a video. Thanks so much for sharing!

Great video. I think you did a wonderful job explaining the three different wheats. If this was a school project I think you would get an A!

Good job with that video, Emma! Beautiful bread loaves you baked, too.

Very informative. Keep up the good work!~Donna F., Alabama

A 50/50 mix of hard red and some soft wheat makes a very good bread. I would suggest that people purchase a grinder that can be run with an electric motor or operated by hand (just in case) because grinding by hand is tough if you actually have electricity and my family grew tired of grinding the wheat by hand and consequentially we don’t make bread often . This is unfortunate both from a nutritional standpoint and as they say ” practice makes perfect”. Good video !

I want to make sour-dough bread using spelt! Any good recipes? Thank’s for the video, good job! Jane

I’m new to bread making and I am very pleased I ran across your presentation. I have many things to learn and you have helped me get started in the understanding in the different types of flours to be used. I know that a lot of bread recipes say to rise your bread twice. Once in the bowl and once in the pan. In my readings, I have found that multiple risings help ensure a soft and fluffy bread. Do you agree? Whats your experience on this matter? Thanks in advance. [email protected]

Excellent presentation! Thank you! What are your thoughts about using bread machines?

I am interested in baking and cooking with spelt because it has a lower glycemic index. Thank you for the great video it was vert helpful! Debbie

Hi Emma, my name is Scott. I’ve been experimenting with making whole spelt bread and its more of a challenge than I thought. But I’m stubborn. : )I like the video idea, it helps a lot. I could use some help with the hole punching the dough down and forming the loaf technique. I’m also having a bit of trouble with too much air in the top half of the loaf. If I can get my bread to look like yours, I will be one happy bread maker.

29 Responses to Emma’s experiment using Bronze Chief, Prairie Gold, and spelt for making bread

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes, Emma, this was so cool! I”ve been making wholesome white and wheat breads for a while now, but have only ever used store bought flour, for instance: 100% whole wheat four. You’ve opened up a whole new world! Inspiring. I’m going to use Spelt next.

  • Melanie says:

    Emma, Great job on the video. It was so helpful! I have a wheat grinder on my wish list. If I get one, I will be calling you for advice. Right now, I use mostly white wheat ground flour for bread. Spelt sounds very yummy. I will be trying that very soon. Maybe the next video should be your bread making secrets/recipe? Thanks again!

  • dgsrm says:

    Great video Emma…. Thanks.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve been making bread for years but love picking up tips and new ideas from others. I have never tried making bread with those three wheats but I am certainly going to after seeing this video. Thank you, Emma. Great job.

  • Cari Britt says:

    Great video Emma. I’ve just recently started making sourdough bread from a starter that’s been around for over 100 years. That got me interested in making different kinds of breads. Now your video has me wanting to try different kinds of wheat. I think I may try some spelt on this order.

  • Jill says:

    Thanks Emma! I have been loving Prairie Gold wheat, but haven’t tried to make bread with only Spelt. I may give it a try! Thanks for your experiment. Could you share your favorite bread recipe with us?

  • Anonymous says:

    That was a very good video, If you do another, please show the actual techniques of baking bread.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks Emma!! I have just started making bread and need more tips. I also have a wheat grinder on my wish list.

  • Anonymous says:

    The video was very interesting. I have all three of those grains and Spelt is our family favorite as well. I would love to try your recipe if you are willing to share. I’m always on the hunt for a good loaf bread.

  • Sheri- Collierville, TN says:

    Thanks for the video, Emma! You did a great job of explaining the differences between the finished breads and encouraging experimentation with the different grains. Look forward to future videos! Thanks again.

  • Karen S. says:

    Thanks for the great video, Emma. I have been making bread with Prairie Gold for a while and recently started to add some Bronze Chief to my dough. Your video has encouraged me to get some spelt and give that a try as well. Thanks, Karen S.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great video. Would you be willing to share your recipe?

  • Anonymous says:

    Nice! I have been wanting to grind my own flour and didn’t know what kind of grain to use. You’ve made it very clear what the differences are, and now I’m really curious to try spelt! Thank you, Emma.

  • Karen says:

    Thank you so much Emma. I have wanted to mix up grains to make bread and it was nice seeing how this is done!

  • vicki bean says:

    Wonderful video!

  • Gayle Friz says:

    Great video! I have been mixing Prairie Gold and Bronze Chief for a while( 2 to 1 ratio). Now I am excited about using spelt, also! Thank you!

  • Cindy says:

    Hi Emma,
    What a wonderful, articulate, informative video! What kind of grinder are you using for your wheat? Have you ever tried your recipe using a good quality powdered milk instead of fresh milk (I’m assuming you use the recipe your mom posted)? If so, how did that affect the results? Keep up the good work!

  • Frances says:

    I have been baking bread for over 15 years and have very seldom had bread that rises as yours has here. My recipe is quite different from yours but I intend to try yours this week. I want to ask you though… what type of baking pans do you use, material wise (stone, aluminum, steel, or glass) and what size are they? I have 3 different types and still can not get the breads to rise about the pan and mushroom over. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and information on the three types of berries. We are switching to Spelt berries this month and I am inspired that you like the taste of it best.
    Frances

  • Sarah says:

    Thank-you for taking the time to make this :) Enjoyed it!

  • Lynn says:

    This Video was very informative! Thank you

  • Tracie says:

    HELP!!!
    i have baking bread for a couple years now, finally getting great results every time. i have purchased a bag of the prairie gold for the first time and my loaves are not rising well enough. dont know what is going on. i have baked about 6 batches and none are rising well. i have checked my yeast and everything okay. this is the same recipe i have been using for a long time with no changes but the wheat. can someone give me some ideas? thanks

  • Nita says:

    I really liked your video – it was helpful to gauge the rise properties of the various types of wheat. I use a bread machine all the way – no kneading for me but doubt the results would vary appreciably. I have never ordered from y’all before but plan to if my parents can pick up my order for me. A small group of us went together to buy the NutMill grinder and it really does do an excellent job. Thanks for the informative video. I will be ordering a trial run of the spelt.

  • Amy says:

    Great information on the various kinds of wheat. I’m new to gringing and baking my own bread so this was helpful. Just one question….are you adding gluten to your recipes or just using the wheat?

  • Merri Tucker says:

    I liked this video and I myself use different flours some are good and some are oops, but edible.

  • Maggie Hutto says:

    Thanks for video Emma!! Never thought about mixing the kinds of wheat!! Great idea!!

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