By Kelly Castelete
Spelt is enjoying a revival thanks to Roger Saul, the founder of Mulberry and now farmer on his family’s estate Sharpham Park. In his book Spelt, he talks a lot about the nutritional benefits of this high fibre, high protein and vitamin rich grain.
Spelt is much different to other grains, and easier for us to digest. It is hardier for a start, with a husk that protects it from the elements and also protects the nutrients within. The gluten in spelt is thought to be more ‘fragile’ and water soluble which helps us digest it and avoid bloating. It also has a much higher protein content than normal wheat bread, so appealing for those on a low-carb diet. Other benefits include its high fibre content, lower GI (glycaemic index) for a slower energy release and naturally occurring vitamins – it’s high in vitamin B which is essential for our bodies to convert food into energy.
I’ve switched to healthier ingredients in my baking, including honey and unrefined muscovado sugar instead of refined sugar, cold pressed rapeseed oil instead of butter and spelt flour instead of conventional wheat. My chocolate cake and ginger bread cake recipes are favourites in my house and my kids don’t even notice the difference from other cakes as they are so light. White spelt flour makes the crispiest pizza doughs and the lightest scones ever! Not to mention being wonderful in pancakes. Wholemeal spelt makes wholesome bread, but with the best will in the world, I never have time to make bread so I’m thrilled that my favourite bakery The Good Loaf is now providing wholemeal spelt bread!
The Good Loaf bake Spelt bread Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Come on in to give it a try!
In an article for the Telegraph, Michael Gove the Justice Secretary and his predecessor Chris Grayling, join forces to promote the Government's work on prison reform and as part of the article, talk about The Good Loaf
After much anticipation and a great deal of excitement, the 21 winners in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards 2015/16 are finally celebrating being named the best of the county’s best!
The competition, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), is now in its seventh year and is again aimed at celebrating all that is great about local produce and drink, recognising excellence within the county’s dining venues and rewarding those who work so hard within the culinary sector.
The results were announced at a glittering Awards Dinner staged at Royal & Derngate in Northampton and watched by the evening’s special guest, former Celebrity Masterchef finalist, journalist and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli.
We are delighted to announce that The Good Loaf was named Winner of the 'Local Food Hero' category, sponsored by Weetabix.
Our Grand Opening has finally arrived. Please join us on Saturday 4th July. We will be open 8am – 3pm serving our full cafe menu of quality locally sourced items and of course the best artisan bread in Northampton!
There will also be a chance to meet local food writer and Italian cookery expert Carmella Sereno Hayes, who will be in the cafe signing her books from midday. If you can’t make it along on the 4th then we hope to see you soon. Our opening hours will be Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 3pm. The full menu will be available online shortly.
We have finished refurbishing our building and are now working on the finishing touches, finalising bread recipes and developing our tasty café menu ready for our grand opening. We will open the doors of our bakery and cafe on July 1st. Why not sign up for our newsletter for all the latest updates, free tasting days, discount vouchers and more?
A community bakery project will provide employment and training opportunities for female ex-offenders thanks to National Lottery funding.
The Good Loaf Community Interst Company has received funding of £386,487 through the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.
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A community bakery project in Northampton, the Terrence Higgins Trust in Nottingham, and the villagers of Eastwell in Melton all benefit today from grants totalling £753,522 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme. The programme provides grants from £10,000 for projects that help people and communities most in need.
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