Sprouted Einkorn Bread

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I’ve received positive feedback about the grains I’ve been featuring on my blog so I decided to continue experimenting with different grains.

The grain of the month for March is Einkorn.  Einkorn is known as the first ancient original wheat.  It has more protein and minerals than modern wheat and makes excellent breads with a light rich, nutty flavor.

I ordered some Einkorn berries to test a few weeks ago and had been contemplating what bread to make. In the meantime, one of my readers asked me if I thought Sprouted Wheat Bread (with no flour) would work with spelt berries rather than regular wheat berries. Although I haven’t tried it with spelt berries, I thought it would work just fine. Another one of my readers wanted to know how the different grains compare to each other. This gave me an idea. In order to really compare apples to apples (or grains to grains, rather), I should use the same or a similar bread recipe.  Sprouted Wheat Bread (with flour) is one of my favorite breads and I decided it would be a good bread to use as the test comparison.

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Sprouted Einkorn Bread

Adapted from The Pleasure of Whole-Grain Breads by Beth Hensperger

Makes: 2 large loaves or 3 medium loaves

Ingredients:

1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons (1 1/2 packages) active dry yeast
Pinch of sugar
Pinch of ginger
2 cups Einkorn flour
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup honey
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sprouted Einkorn berries, chopped
4 1/2 to 5 cups bread flour
Wheat germ, for sprinkling
Melted butter, for brushing

 

Step 1: Sprouting the Einkorn Berries

Duration: 2 to 3 days

Makes: 2 cups

1/2 cup raw Einkorn berries

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I didn’t take photos of this part.  If you’d like to view a photo tutorial of the sprouting process, please refer to the Sprouted Wheat Bread (with flour) post. 

Place the einkorn berries in a bowl and add tepid water to cover by 1 inch.  Let stand at room temperature for 6 to 8 hours.  Drain the einkorn berries and rinse with fresh water.  Divide between two 1-quart jars.  Cover with cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band.  Place the jars on their sides in a warm, dark place.  Twice a day, rinse and drain the einkorn berries with tepid water poured through the cheesecloth.  After 2 to 3 days, the einkorn berries will sprout.  Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to 3 days.  Grind in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Do not over process; the berries should be chunky.

Tip: When you place the quart jars in a cool, dark place such as your cabinet, put them in a container so that the excess water drains into the container instead of your cabinet.

 

Step 2: Making the Bread

Pour 1/2 cup warm water into a small bowl.  Sprinkle the yeast, sugar, and ginger over the water. 

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Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

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In a large bowl using a whisk or in the bowl of your mixer, combine the einkorn flour, milk powder, and salt. 

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Add the warm water, honey, and 4 tablespoons butter. Mix or beat for 1 minute. 

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Add the yeast mixture and beat 1 minute longer. 

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Add all the einkorn berries and the bread flour, 1/2 cup a a time, beating on low speed until a soft dough that just clears the sides of the bowl forms, switching to a wooden spoon when necessary if making by hand.  I used a Danish dough whisk for this part.

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Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until soft and spongy, 1 to 2 minutes for a machine mixed dough and 3 to 4 minutes for a hand-mixed dough, dusting with flour only 1 tablespoon at a time, just enough as needed to prevent sticking. Place in a lightly greased deep container, turn once to coat the top with oil, and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise at room temperature until double in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

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Grease three 8-by-4-inch loaf pans and sprinkle the bottom and sides with wheat germ.  Turn the dough out onto the work surface and divide into 3 equal portions.  Or, if you want bigger loaves, divide it into 2 equal portions.

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Pat each portion into a rectangle and roll into a loaf shape. 

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Place, seam side down, into the prepared pans.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until level with the rims of the pans, about 1 hour.

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About 20 minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and position a rack in the center of the oven. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until crusty and golden. 

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Towards the end of the baking cycle, I covered the loaves with foil because they were starting to get dark on top and I didn’t want the crust to burn.

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Remove the loaves from the pans to cool on a rack. Brush the tops with melted butter. 

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Now, for the taste test…

 

Step 3: Enjoying the Bread

This Sprouted Einkorn Bread is awesome!  I think I’ve found my new favorite bread.  I know I say that about them all, but this one is a keeper for sure. I think I like this version better than the other Sprouted Wheat Bread.

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My boyfriend and I tried to pinpoint exactly what it is we like about this bread.  It is a very light bread, rich in flavor and nutty due to the sprouted einkorn berries and flour. My BF said, “it’s total deliciousness!”

 

This bread has been YeastSpotted. Please visit Wild Yeast to view all of the lovely breads in the roundup.

 

Thanks for joining me in the bread-baking blog. 

Happy Baking!

Cathy

15 comments:

  1. This is the most beautiful einkorn bread I have ever seen. Where did you get your wheat berries?

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  2. So tempting I will have to try it as soon as I get back into baking mode... Very informative pictures too. Thanks for a great post!

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  3. Is the flour part of your recipe wheat or einkhorn flour? Thank you!!

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  4. It has 2 cups of Einkorn flour and 4 1/2 to 5 cups of regular wheat bread flour.

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  5. Ah ~ OK ~ I did want to try 100% Einkhorn, so I guess I'll try it and see what happens! Thank you!

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  6. You can probably use 100% Einkorn flour, just sift a good portion of it so it won't be so heavy.

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  7. WOW...WOW...WOW! What gorgeous...actually STUNNING loaves of bread!

    I've never made nor even tasted Einkorn Bread before. Definity one of my ToDo list!

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  8. This is so interesting and new to me. What beautiful loaves, and you photographed your process so nicely. Thanks!

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  9. I do not have any einkorn berries but would like to try to make the bread. Do I need to alter the amount of einkorn flour to compensate for no berries, and if so, by how much?

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  10. This is a sprouted bread so if you don't have any berries to sprout, you might want to try a different recipe. You might enjoy Einkorn Oatmeal bread. It's made with a little bit of Einkorn flour, bread flour and oats. http://breadmakingblog.breadexperience.com/2011/03/einkorn-oatmeal-bread-machine-bread.html

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  11. I have made and loved your sprouted bread with wheat berries. I have also made the receipe using spelt flour in place of the wheat and like it even better. Now I'm trying to sprout einkorn to try this receipe but they don't seem to sprout right. I have whole grain einkorn berries. Do they look different then the red hard wheat.

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  12. Hello, thanks for visiting the Bread Experience. I'm so glad you enjoyed the sprouted wheat bread and sprouted Spelt bread.

    Einkorn berries are a little bit different than hard red wheat. See photo above. However, I used the same process as I did for regular wheat and spelt and it worked fine. If you're using whole grain Einkorn berries it should be fine so I'm not sure what the issue might be unless possibly you have grains meant for growing instead of for bread.

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  13. Why the difference in sprouting einkorn berries between this recipe and the other one? (http://breadmakingblog.breadexperience.com/2012/08/sprouted-einkorn-bread-with-no-flour.html)

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  14. Hello, It's basically the same method, just the amount of time you sprout the grains is different.

    If you're making a bread completely with sprouted wheat (like the Einkorn sprouted wheat with no flour), then it's best to only let the grains sprout until they just peak out. If you let the grains sprout longer, the bread can become gummy and won't bake all the way through. See this post for an example: http://breadmakingblog.breadexperience.com/2010/05/sprouted-wheat-bread-with-no-flour-take_22.html

    With this Sprouted Einkorn bread, you're just chopping the sprouts up and adding them to the bread. This sprouting method was the first method I used and it seems to work fine for this bread. However, feel free to use the shorter amount of time for this recipe as well. Happy Baking!

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