So, recently I published a recipe for an einkorn bread. That was a free-standing loaf; since einkorn is low on gluten, a certain amount of bread flour must be included. This bread, however, drops that and makes a loaf pan bread instead because the low gluten won’t be an issue here. This is my einkorn sourdough loaf recipe.
Einkorn is an ancient grain; among Emmer, it is one of the oldest domesticated grains. It was domesticated about 10,000 years ago in present-day Turkey. Einkorn hasn’t gone through selective breeding that’s given us modern wheat. Modern wheat is bread this way because it provides a better yield, more gluten, and many other traits that are wanted by either the farmers, the bakers, or the consumers.
One thing that hasn’t been in focus when selectively breeding modern wheat is the taste. Both einkorn and Emmer have a lot more flavor than modern wheat. Even when using whole grain, so that’s why I’ve chosen to showcase this fantastic ancient wheat.
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The dough in this einkorn sourdough loaf recipe
|1 whole-grain einkorn sourdough loaf
The dough for this einkorn sourdough loaf is straightforward. It consists of coarsely-ground whole-grain einkorn flour, salt, water, and sourdough starter. If you want, you can make an einkorn starter, start with your current starter as the basis, and in a few feedings, it will be a straight einkorn starter.
The amount of salt is 2%, although I think it suits the bread with a bit more salt. I’ll leave the decision up to you. The hydration is 75%, which is excellent for my flour but watch the video for the right consistency.
|whole-grain einkorn flour
|starter (100% hydration)
If you want to tinker with the formula: change hydration, quantity, inoculation, or a host of other things, you can do that in my Bread Calculator.
The conclusion of this einkorn sourdough loaf recipe
While this bread is baking, the smell in the kitchen is amazing. When it comes out, and you get it up close and personal, it’s downright intoxicating.
The bread has a pretty hard crust, which is not particularly pleasant, but storing it in a ziplock bag gets it nice and soft. The crumb is very tight, very akin to rye bread with no seed. This makes a great palette for many different sandwiches, especially open-face sandwiches.
The taste of the loaf is dark, rich, and immensely wheaty. There are deliciously nutty and toasted notes that are amazing all by themselves or with a good slathering of butter. The bread toasts very well but requires quite a lot of time to brown.
It’s awesome! Make it! Eat it! Adore it!
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Einkorn Sourdough Loaf
- 750 g whole-grain einkorn flour
- 550 g water maybe less, read note below
- 15 g salt
- 100 g sourdough starter fed and grown to its peak
- To a medium bowl, add 750 grams of whole-grain einkorn flour and 15 grams of salt and mix it.
- Then add 100 grams of sourdough starter and 550 grams of water. Mix it until all of the flour is hydrated.
- Then cover it and leave it for an hour for the gluten to develop.
- Flour your counter, take the dough out of the bowl, and put it on the flour. Add more flour on top of the dough and as much as needed to shape it comfortably.
- Press the dough into a large oval, and fold the sides towards the middle.
- Roll the dough up tightly, and shape it to fit your pan.
- Spray the pan with baking spray, and move the dough to the pan.
- Cover the pan with cling film.
- Put it somewhere warm to rise from about 50%-75%. I put it in my proofer set to 30°C/86°F. Once it’s finished growing, put it in the fridge to develop the taste from 8 to 48 hours.
- If you want to bake it immediately, let it ferment for an hour more while heating the oven.
- When ready to bake, heat your oven to 230°C/450°F with a pan for steaming at the bottom. Once the oven is hot, boil a kettle of water and then grab your loaf pan.
- Spray the top of the loaf with water and dust with einkorn flour. Put the loaf in the oven.
- Pour boiling water into the steaming pan and lower the temperature to 210°C/410°F.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove the steaming pan from the oven.
- Bake for 25 minutes more, then take the bread out of the pan and let it brown for 5 minutes.
- Take the bread out of the oven, and let it cool on a wire rack.
- Once the bread has cooled down, put it in a ziplock bag to soften the crust.