Tips For Baking With Einkorn Flour

by leisaw

Since I started baking with Einkorn Flour, I’ve learned a thing or two, and I’ve decided to share my tips.  For many of you, this is the post you have been waiting for so I hope you enjoy!

slow rise einkorn breadBaking with einkorn flour requires some tweaks but the health benefits of einkorn are worth it, and my persistence is paying off!

I’ll show you how I mill einkorn flour, adapt recipes for einkorn, make white einkorn flour, and add a lovely artisan crust to my einkorn breads.

Before I share my tips, keep in mind that whole wheat flour is simply wheat berries that have been milled into flour.  The white flour thatyou buy at the store is whole wheat flour that has been sifted to remove the bran and germ.  And if the label says “bleached white flour,” that means the white flour also has been chemically bleached (yuck!) to make it whiter and improve the shelf life.  White flour is also sometimes referred to as high extraction flour.

Remember also that any flour made from modern wheat has been hybridized many times to, among other things, increase it’s rise. Unfortunately, this also means it has a different type of gluten than the original wheat and it is more difficult to digest.

Tip #1: How Much Flour Does One Cup of Einkorn Berries Make? 

When I grind Einkorn myself ( I have a kitchen aid attachment) 1 Cup of Whole Einkorn Wheat Berries = about 1 1/2 Cups of Einkorn Flour. 

Ratio

Tip #2: Adapting Quick Bread Recipes

You can use whole Einkorn flour exactly as a recipe calls for if it is used for a quick batter type bread. Pancakes, waffles, muffins, and banana type breads. Anything you do not have to shape. You DO however need to check your baking powder, because if it’s expired, you won’t get a good rise with einkorn flour.

pumpkin Bread

Tip #3: Adapting Dough Bread Recipes

If you are making a dough type bread – use 1/3 less liquid than it calls for in the recipe. It is more important to use less liquid rather than using MORE flour. You’ll be tempted to add more flour but don’t because when you add more flour you throw off the balance of the flavors…and lose the wonderful taste.

The comparison below shows what happens when I use too much liquid in my einkorn recipe.

You’ll see my picture of dinner rolls baked with modern white flour as well as dinner rolls baked with ancient whole einkorn flour – but with different amounts of water – so you can compare the finished product.

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If your recipe calls for and egg, and or butter; don’t count these as liquid. Only use 1/3 less of the actual pourable liquid such as water.

compare

If you are grinding your own Einkorn, do not expect it to rise as high as modern white bread. This is true with all whole flour breads.

Because Einkorn has a completely different type of Gluten than modern wheat, it does NOT need to be kneaded very long at all. I knead mine in the mixer on low for 4 minutes.

Tip #4: Making Your Own White Einkorn Flour

For those who want a less dense version of Einkorn bread…you can make your own white Einkorn flour!

After you grind your own whole Einkorn flour, you can use a double sifter (which has two sifters at different sizes on top of each other) and the bran will be held back leaving you a white flour that bakes lighter in color and density.  Note: grind your wheat on medium fine to do this.

This is a flour sifter much like the one I use. (affiliate link)

I love this because I don’t have to worry about my white einkorn flour being treated with chemical bleach (yuck!).

White Einkorn flour is great for making cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, or even for your bread but keep in mind that it is not as healthy as whole Einkorn flour.  SAVE that beautiful bran! It’s healthy for you because it adds nutrients and fiber to your diet. You can even add it to the top of your breads.

The  pictures below demonstrate the difference in dough made from white flour vs whole einkorn flour vs white einkorn flour.

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Tip #5: Softening Kneaded Bread

Add the same amount of white vinegar as yeast, plus powdered milk (double the measurement of vinegar), plus approximately 1/4 cup of potato flakes for every 2 1/2 cups of whole Einkorn flour. So, if you use 2 Tbsp yeast, then you’d use 2 Tbsp. vinegar, 4 Tbsp powdered milk, and the appropriate amount of potato flakes.

Tip #6: Adding Artisan Crust To Your Einkorn Bread

If you want a hard Artisan Bread type crust, bake it in a dutch oven. Make sure you cut slits with a very sharp knife or razor, in the top of the bread so it can vent properly. Or it will choose where to vent itself and be lopsided. Preheat your dutch oven in with the oven as it preheats to 500 degrees. Then drop it to 450 when you put your bread in it. Make sure you place the lid back on while it bakes. Let it bake 30 minutes, then remove the lid. Then bake to desired brownness.

Dutch Oven

Finished

10 Responses leave one →
  1. Dave permalink
    May 21, 2014

    Not all white flour is bleached.

    • admin permalink*
      May 21, 2014

      Thank you pointing this out! I updated the description of white flour, indicating that bleached white flour will be labelled as such.

  2. Margaret permalink
    July 5, 2014

    How do you deal with the stickiness of the dough? Also, I’m a convert but also vegan; do you have a recipe for a crusty sort of dinner roll without the egg or powdered milk?
    Thanks.

    • leisaw permalink*
      July 25, 2014

      Baking with Einkorn does take a little bit of getting use to. It absorbs less liquid than other flours. Cutting out 1/3 of the liquid in your recipe will help with the stickiness of the dough. Sometimes on leavened breads I use olive oil on the counter and also on my hands to help with the stickiness.

      As for the milk and the eggs. Milk makes your bread softer, you may try coconut or almond milk but the properties are not exactly the same. Unfortunately there is no real substitute for eggs. They add flavor, color, and fat to the rolls. However, if you want you can substitute 2 tbsp of olive oil per egg for the moisture.

      Remember, any recipe you see for bread can be used with Einkorn! If it’s a leavened bread cut out 1/3 of the liquid. If it’s a quick-rise bread you can use the recipe as is.

  3. Lenneke permalink
    July 11, 2014

    A question how do you mill the einkorn in a foodprocessor?

    • leisaw permalink*
      July 25, 2014

      We personally have not used a food processor, you may have to look at your instruction manual to see if yours has the capability of grinding wheat. Other than a traditional mill, Kitchen Aid mixers come with an attachment that hooks into the top and then grinds the wheat from there.

  4. Vivian Gosey permalink
    July 20, 2014

    Just ordered my first einkorn flour after going gluten, sugar, dairy, caffeine and alcohol free. I feel so much better that I am going to drag out the wheat grinder I put away years ago, and make a loaf of bread, guilt free! I can’t wait!

  5. Phil Hogan permalink
    August 9, 2014

    can you tell us where you found your double sifter?

    • admin permalink*
      August 9, 2014

      Hi Phil, you can find the sifter here. (amazon affiliate)

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