- 1 cup yellow split peas, soaked overnight and drained
- 1 cup sliced onion
- ½ cup red or orange bell peppers
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1¼ cups water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 (7 gram) package active dry yeast
- ⅔ cup olive oil
- 4 cups whole grain spelt flour + more for dusting
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons each fennel seeds, dried garlic and thyme
- Add split peas to a large stockpot with onion, garlic and peppers; bring to a boil and cook until soft (one to two hours). You can also cook the peas for eight hours or overnight in a slow cooker on low (the slow cooker is recommended!). Let cool.
- To make the Spelt Bread: Preheat the oven to 400º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix together water, sugar and yeast. Gently stir to dissolve sugar and let stand 5-10 minutes until foamy. Whisk in olive oil.
- Sift flour, cornmeal, salt and herbs together and add to water mixture. Stir to make a soft dough. Transfer to a clean bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise for about an hour (until double in size). Punch down dough, then let rise until doubled in size again.
- Punch down dough again. Divide evenly into 8 balls, using spelt flour to keep from sticking. Flatten dough ball in your hands until about ½ inch thick. Add 2-3 Tablespoons of split pea mixture into center, then fold edges to cover. Layer folded side down onto baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until firm to the touch and slightly browned. Enjoy!