Einkorn Sourdough Bread

Einkorn wheat is the most ancient species of wheat. So many people who are gluten intolerant thrive on einkorn bread. Modern wheat has been crossed with two different goat grasses. Goat grasses contain the D genome, which is the source of most gluten intolerance. Einkorn does not contain this troublesome D genome, only the A genome, and most testing for gluten intolerance is based on the D genome. You'll need a few things that make a huge difference in how the bread turns out. I highly recommend using a 5 Quart Dutch Oven – a roaster pan or deep casserole dish with a lid will work too. A dough scraper is my new favorite tool while working to fold and knead my bread. You'll also need a Kitchen Scale for measuring all ingredients. I have found that my cup of flour and your cup of flour can vary greatly, and will affect the outcome. I promise you this bread will be worth it. This has made a huge difference in my bread making and it will help you too.
Servings: 1 loaf


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  • You need to make sure your sourdough starter is bubbly and ready to go. If it has not been fed recently, take a few spoonfuls of sourdough starter from your fridge and give it that much flour and water and let it ferment for 6 – 8 hours. Here is more help for a bubbly sourdough starter. How to care for your sourdough starter
  • Close to your bedtime, add the bubbly sourdough starter and warm water to a ceramic bowl. Mix them together with a whisk until well combined.
  • Add the flour and salt to the sourdough mixture and combine together with a stiff spatula to incorporate the flour.
  • The dough will be sticky. Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 10-15 hours – until the dough has risen or doubled.
  • Flour a work surface and your hands. Place dough onto floured surface. Fold the dough in half and then again into thirds. (Using a
    is recommended.)
  • Flour surface again if the dough starts to stick, and form into a round bowl shape. Generously flour the top of the dough.
  • Line an 8-inch bowl with a towel and dust generously with flour. A Banneton Proofing Basket works great! Make sure your hands are still floured and pick up the dough and place it in the bowl with seam side up. Cover the bowl and let it rest for 30 to 60 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450°F.
  • Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit your pot, leaving excess so you can grab the bread and take it out of the pot. Place your parchment paper over the bowl and invert the bowl to allow the bread to release onto the paper.
  • With a small razor blade or serrated knife, score the bread with four slashes.
  • Pick up the parchment and carefully place your bread in the pot.
  • Place the lid on the pot and place in the oven for 40 minutes at 450°F. Then remove the lid and continue baking for 5 minutes longer to darken the bread if you'd like.
  • When bread is done, take bread out of pot and place on a wire rack to cool for about 20 minutes to an hour, although we often can’t wait to eat it!
  • Store loaf in a bag on the counter, or this bread freezes beautifully.