One of my favorite benefits of sourdough is that fermentation changes the glycemic index (GI) of bread. Whereas regular bread has a strong impact on blood sugar, sourdough bread has a very low impact on it. While standard white wheat bread has a GI of 71, sourdough bread made of wheat has a GI of 53. Standard spelt bread has a GI of 54. Although the GI of sourdough bread made of spelt has not yet been established, my guess is that it’s in the 40s, which is about as low-impact as a carb can get. People with blood sugar issues and even diabetes say that sourdough bread made of spelt flour has no negative impact on their blood sugar levels. When I learned this, I knew I had to find a way to make spelt sourdough rolls that anyone could make, even if they'd never heard of starter.
Classic sourdough loaves are made of flour, water, and salt, and baking requires either a clay or cast-iron Dutch oven. This recipe has been created to be made without special equipment. It includes honey and oil, which takes the edge off the classic sourdough tang and creates a softer (but still crunchy!) crust and an inside that’s nice and moist.
Note that this recipe can be made entirely by hand, sans mixer.