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    Default Can I use wholemeal or plain flour?

    Hi,

    I want to make this cake this weekend

    http://thehungryvegan.blogspot.com/2...tmas-cake.html

    But they don't sell Spelt flour where I live. I don't really know what it is and I wondered if I would be able to substitute it for wholemeal or plain flour?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Can I use wholemeal or plain flour?

    I think wholemeal flour can be used instead of spelt with no problems, but I believe spelt is gluten free, and regular wholemeal is not.

    I'm also thinking of making a test-run Christmas cake this weekend, so good luck to us both!
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    Default Re: Can I use wholemeal or plain flour?

    Sorry to disagree with m'learned friend but spelt isn't actually gluten-free - I think it has a different kind of gluten though (different molecular or cellular structure or something). I believe that for breadmaking purposes spelt is supposed to be more fragile and to take less kneading but I would think for a cake it wouldn't make any difference.

    Perhaps you could use a mixture of wholemeal and plain flour as all wholemeal might make the cake a bit heavy - but what do I know?

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    Default Re: Can I use wholemeal or plain flour?

    Spelt is very heavy and makes a kind of dark bread a bit like the German black bread. I'd use a mixture of buckwheat flour and wholemeal.
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    Default Re: Can I use wholemeal or plain flour?

    Hmm, the spelt flour I get isn't heavy or dark at all - it's lighter (both in density and colour) than wholemeal wheat flour Maybe it depends what kind you buy? Mine is Sharpham Park wholegrain spelt flour.

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