For today’s Adventures in Bulk Foods post, I decided to do a little baking! Now my WinCo sells an array of flours, not just your plain ol’ bleached or unbleached variety (which, incidentally both sell for $0.38/lb at the moment).
So I decided to try something a little different. You know, to keep in line with the “adventure” theme! I chose spelt flour.
Now I had never cooked with – or even heard of for that matter – spelt flour. So I decided to do a little Wikipedia-ing. Turns out that spelt is a form of wheat (so sorry, my gluten-free friends, this does contain gluten). Spelt had been wisely used in Europe through medieval times and made its way to the United States during the 1890′s. Because it requires fewer fertilizers and given its nutrition, it’s piqued the interest of health nuts and those who enjoy organic foods.
At WinCo Foods, I found spelt flour priced at $1.40/lb, and was able to buy a bag big enough for today’s recipe for just $0.87 total. Plus, I even had some left over! (Have I convinced you to check out bulk foods yet?) I decided to see how this compared to the shelf price, but guess what? I couldn’t even find it on the shelf! So sometimes you might be able to find unique and specialty ingredients in bulk.
For my first go at using spelt flour I chose this AllRecipes.com Spelt Biscuits recipe because it looked easy, required few ingredients, and was rated very well.
Start by mixing 2 cups of spelt flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt together. Cut in 6 tablespoons butter until its crumbly.
I enjoyed one hot out of the oven with some local raw honey from Tacoma Foods Co-Op. It was really quite good! All told, this recipe cost me VERY little money. I know it can be easy to use coupons to buy refrigerated biscuits on sale, but price-wise? I bet I spent right around $1 for these bad boys and they have got to be more delicious (and nutritious for you!).
I just so happened to have made these right before my 5-year old son came home from school. I decided to serve them as an afternoon snack. He needed no prodding and downed two of these! Please note that my kids aren’t always drawn to the healthiest of foods (*cough*), so finding a recipe that gets some good things in them is a win in my book!
Do you ever bake with spelt flour? Other thoughts on the nutrition value of this ingredient or how to bake with it? Other less-used flours out there that you like to cook with?