“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!