Baking bread is a passion of mine. It is so easy to get lost in the process of making the dough and letting the yeast do its magic. This Sourdough Einkorn Bread is a bread that was made over the holiday break and it took a while to get the photos ready to share it here with all of you.
I am so excited to share another recipe experimenting with Einkorn flour! My dear friend Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen and I have teamed up to experiment with einkorn flour and wheat berries. Have you heard of einkorn? When I first heard about einkorn flour, I was intrigued as it’s completely unhybridized and an ancient form of wheat. It was first cultivated approximately 10,000 years ago and is considered a “relic grain”. I first heard about einkorn flour some time ago ready the book Wheat Belly.
Einkorn produces much lower yields than modern hybridized wheat. Interest in einkorn has increased as many of its qualities make it more desirable to use than modern wheat. Einkorn grains, berries and flour are used in various food dishes, such as soups, salads, pasta, sauces, breads, cookies, pancakes and waffles, and einkorn flour may be safer to eat than modern wheats for those that are gluten-sensitive. You can read more about einkorn flour on my first post that I did using the flour: Fig and Walnut Einkorn Biscotti.
I think that the name einkorn is sort of a funny name for a wheat. I have seen it on Italian blogs also called farina di monococco and also farro piccolo. In German it is einkorn. In French it is le petit épautre and tiphe in Greek. Whatever you call this flour, I just love baking with it. Even the texture is so soft and lovely. The color is different than regular flour. Every time I bake with it, it is a new adventure and I love to see the result.
For this bread, I used bread flour and einkorn flour. My mother-in-law did the shaping. She even did a special one just for her favorite nipotino (grandson). We ended up putting the dough to rise on the covered patio was very warm from the afternoon sun. The bowl was not in direct sunlight, but there was enough heat to speed up the process a little. Teresa was intent on having fresh bread ready for when the kids got out of school, and her mission was accomplished.
some recipe notes: We used the scale to measure the flour and the other ingredients. Many times when Teresa makes her bread, she does without any recipes. But that could be said with many of the recipes that came from her childhood. If you are making this with einkorn flour, remember that you may need to add a little more water or a little more flour. Check the consistency of your dough as you are kneading it and be patient until you achieve the soft and elastic consistency.
Naturally cultured foods are sensitive to the humidity and temperature. Our kitchen was about 74 F when we put together this dough. More flour or less water will be needed for the dough if there is high humidity. Also, you should use filtered or bottled water when making a sourdough bread.
To prepare and refresh your starter for baking, pour of all but a 1/4 cup of it. You could use the discarded portion for sourdough waffles or even pancakes. Feed the 1/4 cup of starter leftover with 1/2 cup of water and 3/4 cup of flour. Leave this out at room temperature for 8-12 hours.
After 8-12 hours, repeat the procedure of discarding all but 1/4 cup of the starter, and feeding the remaining part with 1/2 cup of filtered water and 3/4 cup of flour (I used bread flour). Leave the starter out at room temperature for another 8 hours. The starter should be ready to use after this fermentation period. If it is not that active and bubbly, repeat the procedure a 3rd time and if needed, a 4th time. You can see my sourdough starter recipe here.
I made a sourdough pizza Margherita that was truly amazing!
About The Einkorn Experiment:
You have to check out Heather’s gorgeous Bacon and Rosemary Einkorn Cornmeal Biscuits on All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.
More sourdough recipes:
SOURDOUGH EINKORN BREAD
- 200 g bread flour
- 300 gr einkorn flour
- 170 gr sourdough starter
- 300 ml water
- 2 tsp water
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- In a large bowl, mix together the water and yeast or starter until dissolved and creamy.
- Add the flours, salt, olive oil and water. Mix until all of the flour is absorbed and you have a sticky dough. Knead for at least 10 minutes or until it’s soft and elastic.
- Transfer the dough to a bowl that has olive oil rubbed inside of it and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise until doubled in size (about 2 hours).
- When the dough has risen, generously flour a work surface and transfer the dough to it. Divide the dough into the mini loaves and cover.
- Let rise for about an hour. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and bake your bread for about 10 minutes.
- Lower the oven to 400 F and bake for about another 30 minutes.The bread is done when the internal temperature is at least 200 degrees. Remove it from the oven, let it cool for about 15 minutes, then turn the loaf onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely before slicing.