Simple, 100% Whole Wheat Einkorn Bread

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Simple, Whole Wheat Einkorn Bread |

This is a partnership post with Jovial Foods. A company, built on integrity, that I proudly indorse.

Since starting on my own real food journey, bread has always been an area in which I’ve struggled. In the beginning of my journey, I was honestly overwhelmed by all of the negative information surrounding a food which, since the days of old, has always been considered a source of sustenance. Most of the information I was learning about had to do with the phytic acid within the bran of the wheat berry.

I wrote about this information in a recent post I wrote called, The Tangled Web of Bread.

Over the years I’ve soaked my grains, sprouted them, made sourdough and fermented them, purchased a grain mill and freshly milled them all for the sake of making nutrient dense baked goods for my family. I’ve been cautious as I’ve experimented with different methods of baking bread making sure to filter out dogma from truth. Yet, one thing that I’ve seen grow tremendously over the past five years is the amount of people switching to a gluten-free diet in the name of gluten intolerance, not celiacs disease.

In my research I’ve often wondered, “is this a fad or is there something behind this growing phenomenon.” I’ve learned that it’s a bit of both. Many people have jumped on the bandwagon of eating grain free diets; however, there are many families that truly have gluten intolerances.

For me, it clicked once I learned about ancient grains and how they differ from modern, hybrid grains. (If you’re unfamiliar with this topic, please read my recent post called, The Tangled Web of Bread. ) I learned that modern grains have 3 times more gluten than ancient varieties of grain. When I learned that, I knew right away that our modern agricultural methods for developing wheat that yields more grains and produces lighter, fluffier, loaves of bread has a lot to do with why we are seeing so many gluten intolerant people today. Also, the mineral content for modern wheat is about 30% – 40% less than those of ancient grains. Additionally, the increase in gluten means that the composition of wheat flour today compared to wheat flour a few hundred years ago is very different.

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Modern grains that are milled and sold at every store around the world are a development of agriculture. They are not traditional and certainly not the type of bread that Jesus broke with others. After years and years of trying to figure out what kind of bread to make that would truly nourish my family, I was delighted to finally make a full switch to using ancient einkorn grains.

Simple, Whole Wheat Einkorn Bread |

When I first made the switch I purchased a 50lb bag of einkorn wheat berries. I was excited to use them and started milling them at home right away, substituting the flour 1:1 in my recipes. The flour worked great for most of my unleavened recipes; however, when I tried to make pizza dough or a loaf of bread the results were horrible. The flour seemed to always stay tacky. I could never add enough flour to get it to that perfect consistency bread bakers are used to. Then, the loaves would never rise enough and the end result was a dense, dry loaf. It was a learning curve, indeed. I was so frustrated that I put my wheat berries away for a while and moved on to using Jovial’s high extraction einkorn wheat flour.

Their pre-ground flour is much easier to use. I was having great success with it and posted my results on Instagram.

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On that post, someone had mentioned that there was a recipe for bread on the box of the Jovial einkorn wheat berries. I knew I had quite a few boxes so I immediately went over to review the recipe. When I read how simple this bread was to make, I honestly couldn’t believe it at first.

It was so simple, I had to make it. All you need to do is grind the entire 16oz box of Jovial’s einkorn wheat berries. In a small bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups of warm water and 2 tsp of honey. Once the flour is ground, mix it together with 1 tsp salt. After the yeast has activated, add it to the flour.

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Mix together until just combined, don’t overwork it. The end result should be a heavy and wet batter type of dough.

Simple, Whole Wheat Einkorn Bread |

Once it’s mixed, cover it and let it rise for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, stir the batter well and then transfer it to a loaf pan, smoothing the top. I then covered it by placing another loaf pan inverted on top to ensure that nothing would stick to the batter on its second rise.

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Depending on the temperature in your home, the second rise should take anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Don’t let it rise too high creating too many bubbles or your final bread will sink while baking.

It’s seriously that easy and the end result is soft and chewy with a delicate sweet and nutty flavor.

Go on… slather it with honey!

Simple, Whole Wheat Einkorn Bread |

Simple, 100% Whole Wheat Einkorn Bread

Simple, Whole Wheat Einkorn Bread |

To get the full recipe, please visit Jovial’s recipe page for their Easy, 100% Whole Wheat Bread.

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Simple, Whole Wheat Einkorn Bread | myhumblekitchen.comAlso, please remember that until June 1st, you can get 10% off PLUS FREE shipping on anything you order through the Jovial online store using the coupon code, HumbleK. Click here to visit their online store today! Their 16oz box of wheat berries cost $3.99. Not bad for a loaf of nutrient dense bread!



Do you use einkorn grains for your baking? Have you had success making a loaf of bread using freshly milled wheat berries? Have you tried Jovial’s recipe? Please share with us your experiences using einkorn wheat berries in the comments below :)

21 Responses to "Simple, 100% Whole Wheat Einkorn Bread"
  1. Bev says:

    This coupon don’t work !!!!

  2. I can’t wait to try this !! I love trying new grains and have not milled any yet. I want to !!

  3. Julie says:

    I’m assuming the yeast goes in with the water and honey? It doesn’t say.
    Looks delicious. I have also started using einkorn. It is a lovely, flavorful wheat.

  4. Dena Norton says:

    I love the simplicity of this. I don’t have a grinder (but keep thinking I should get one!) – I just ordered a 32oz bag of Jovial’s organic Einkhorn flour using your coupon code (thanks!) and can’t wait to try it out!

  5. Lori says:

    Do you have to use Einkorn? Can I make the same recipe with freshly ground hard wheat berries?

  6. Hamish says:

    I tried baking my own einkorn bread after my wife read “wheat Belly”. She cut out all wheat – but she was missing it, so I tried einkorn flour. I’ve seen (and tried) a few different methods, but I think that the simple method you outline above is definitely best.

    Some sites seemed to recommend letting the first prove go on overnight – between 10 and 15 hours – but I didn’t find that to be an improvement on letting it prove for 30 to 45 minutes, then another 30 minutes or so in the tin, before sticking it straight in the oven.

    Unlike my better half, I don’t have any problem with wheat – but I really love the flavour of the einkorn bread. I haven’t tried Jovial flour – not sure if it’s available here in the UK.

  7. Lisa says:

    How many cups of flour does one box of berries make? I buy my wheat berries locally and would love to try this recipe. Thanks!

  8. Jamie says:

    What brand loaf pan do you recommend. I’m 100% new at bread baking. :-/

  9. Jeff says:

    I tried this last night- my mill is a bit courser than the one you are using- I want to make sure I’m willing to go through this effort before spending the money on one. I’ve made bread several times with the Einkorn flour and have enjoyed it, but would really like to mill my own.

    Anyway, it really didn’t rise in the oven. Was that due to me not grinding the berries fine enough, or is there a tweak I should make to the recipe?


  10. Stephanie says:

    Do you use the yeast that you buy off the shelf in local grocery store, the packets?

  11. Kelli says:

    I recently bought some Einkorn flour (not wheat berries). I’d love to try this bread, how many cups of flour does a 1lb box yield? I would love to try this recipe! Thanks!

  12. Sheree says:

    It doesn’t say how much yeast you used. This recipe doesn’t match up with the recipe on the Jovial website. I used the recipe on the jovial 100% organic einkorn all purpose flour yesterday and it turned out dark and hard and short/flat.

    It did expand during both of the rise, 45 min first rise and 30 second rise.

  13. Ana says:

    Hi, glad I found your recipe! So you never developed the gluten to help the bread “rise”? Very interesting! I only have experience with spelt but recently bought some einkorn and want to try baking bread! Thanks!

  14. Marsha says:

    Can you make this bread in a Bread Machine??? Or do you have a recipe for it?? Thanks

    • Kim VAnCurler says:

      I make it in our Zojirushi breadmaker, using the ground, whole berry version of the einkorn wheat that Tropical Traditions sells (I believe they’re sold out at the moment). I used this wheat instead of the wheat flour the recipe calls for, and it sinks. We call it Smiley Bread because of this. It’s dense but moist. My kids love the taste and the appearance of sunken bread, so I haven’t gone to the bother of tweaking it to make it rise so that it looks more like a conventional loaf. In my bread machine, it turned out fairly dense but moist.

  15. Kristi says:

    Here’s the recipe. One package yields about 2 1/4 c. berries.

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