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Making seitan with spelt bread flour?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Vital wheat gluten seems impossible to get hold of unless I get it through mail order, so I bought some wholegrain spelt bread flour. I remember reading somewhere that this could be used to make decent seitan.



Is it worth trying this out do you think, will it work?
post #2 of 6
apparently you can use bread flour and wash it (like in the recipe below). maybe spelt would work the same way? http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Cookbook:Seitan



it seems realisitic and plausable that it'd work- wheat is my enemy, so i've never done it, hopefully someone else has, cos it'd be good to know! good luck, anyway!
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link Jen, I'll give it a whirl some time!



I think I read that bread flour doesn't yield as much seitan as gluten if the same amounts of each are used, but the texture is the same.
post #4 of 6
You would be better off using regular wheat flour over spelt flour, I would think. What you want is the gluten, and it seems that spelt flour has less of it. (Judging by the differences in wheat bread and spelt bread.)
post #5 of 6
Ask at a bakery, they have (or know where to get) Vital Wheat Gluten or at least high gluten wheat flour.



Using the flour, you knead and rinse and knead and rinse and knead and......it's a lengthy process but in the end you get the same results as with gluten flour (or vitel wheat gluten).



Where do you live?
post #6 of 6
I'm inclined to agree with Froggy here, since spelt doesn't have the same gluten content as wheat. MrFalafel had posted a link to a UK online shop from where you could get all types of flour. I'll try and find it for you.



ETA: Here's the link: http://www.flourbin.com/flour.html

And here is the thread: http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=76155
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