“In the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.” Woodrow Wilson’s quote accentuates the most basic of human behavior – eating. We’re generally not great at compassion, loving, listening, moving, or thinking when we’re hungry. Try skipping a couple meals. You’ll see. That’s why Snickers says “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”
Psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs reiterates this concept. His theory is that humans have to have certain needs met in order to move on to others. The very bottom of his pyramid is physiological needs, and we need to take care of that before we can do much of anything else. So, eating is our most basic need, and bread is the basic of the basic. Almost every society has some kind of bread, and we all do it a little differently. In Spain, they eat a lot of artisan type bread that they buy every day. It’s common in the morning to see men walking with newspapers and warm bread tucked under their arms. The Indians prefer Naan, a flatbread that goes with everything. Mexicans use bread and tortillas made with corn flour as their staple. In the United States, for some weird reason, we like already-sliced, preservative-laden sandwich bread in plastic bags. But however you eat it, most everyone agrees that bread is the basic of a human diet and has been for a long time.
So, you can’t have too many bread recipes on a grain website. This recipe is unique because it’s made using our new einkorn all-purpose flour. We took a shot in the dark, and it worked amazingly well. It’s a white bread (I feel rebellious just typing that), but retains the digestive benefits of einkorn (shout out to my gluten intolerant friends). It rose perfectly and was soft and delicious. According to Maslow and Wilson, we need this bread to make us better people. Enjoy!
Does being the most ancient of wheat used in present day equal no gluten, or just far, far less?
I know our present day wheat is chalk full of gluten, but I would assume there is still some.
I am also wondering if the mega gluten we have been enundated with has caused us to be more sensitive to all sources of gluten, where ancients weren’t because they hadn’t had their systems wrecked with it?!
I’ve been allergic to wheat since the 60’s, (as a child), and I hear the wheat we had then was far less gluten laden than present day wheat. Any thoughts on that, in reference to amounts of gluten in all types of wheat including einkorn?
Sharon, there is less gluten in einkorn. However, the most important thing is that the gluten in einkorn is very different from the gluten in modern wheat. Because of the differences, many people with sensitivities to modern wheat can eat einkorn without problems. Here is an article you can take a look at that explains it a little bit: http://www.einkorn.com/3-reasons-einkorn-may-be-easier-to-digest-than-other-types-of-wheat/.
Can you freeze this bread?
Hi Tish, yes you can freeze this bread. Sometimes it’s easier to make several loaves at a time and freeze a couple rather than making it more frequently.
Finding einkorn flour has been life changing for me. As a celiac with the damage that present day wheat bread has done, einkorn flour is a wonderful tool for me and other family members. Just today again I have purchased more einkorn flour and makes delicious white gravy. Can hardly wait to try and make my own bread at home.
Einkorn flour gives my banana bread wonderful texture & taste.
I understand that a lot of the wheat farmers currently use the method of spraying weed killer on the crop prior to harvesting to help dry the crop and make it easier for farmers to harvest. Can you tell me how Einkorn is harvested?
Hi Ann, we do not use any pesticides or herbicides in the harvesting of einkorn.
Is this basic ‘white’ bread mixed on a standing mixer or by hand??
Hi Roberta, We used a bosch.