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Crusty No Knead Einkorn Bread (Dutch Oven)

by Heather

Learn how easy it is to make this crusty no knead einkorn bread recipe in the dutch oven today! Just 3 simple ingredients transform into a delicious, crusty loaf of wholesome einkorn bread. If this is your first time baking bread you’ll impress yourself with this easy-to-make, fancy bread made with einkorn flour!

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Bread made with einkorn flour

Making homemade bread couldn’t be easier with this no knead recipe. We’re using einkorn flour today, friends!

Are you new to the ancient grain einkorn? 

Read What Is Einkorn and learn all about this amazing ancient grain that hasn’t been changed.

I’ll share a few things below that you’ll want to know about einkorn wheat, but if you’d like a more detailed dive into this perfect healthy flour, be sure to check out the blog post about it.

Einkorn is an old heirloom wheat variety.

It is grown mostly in European countries and this ancient grain is prized because of the lower levels of gluten and that it still holds a non-GMO status.

The plant has tighter tusks and smaller berries than traditional wheat and can withstand growing in tough conditions.

Einkorn flour is not gluten-free, however, it has a weak gluten structure than modern wheat varieties which makes it easier to digest for those with gluten sensitivities. Einkorn lacks the gluten proteins that often trigger gluten sensitivity.

People with celiac disease or an extreme allergy to gluten should still avoid einkorn because it does contain gluten.

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Making einkorn bread at home

I’ve been making homemade bread for years now and am such a fan. It’s actually EASY!

It tastes better because it is super fresh.

You can control the ingredients. 

You impress those around you.

Why not give homemade bread a try?

This crusty einkorn bread recipe is based on my crusty no knead dutch oven bread. The original recipe uses white flour, but here we swap in einkorn flour. 

That recipe has served me for many, many years and still works every time. 

I wanted to make the original recipe slightly healthier, so I’ve been using einkorn flour. We love this loaf just as much as the original!

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Why use einkorn flour?

Einkorn flour is perfect for no knead recipes because makes a more sticky dough than traditional all purpose flour or whole wheat flour bread. 

Because of its weaker gluten structure, it does well with less mixing. Because einkorn does not have as much gluten as modern-day wheat can be easier to digest.

Einkorn flour is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than white flour and also naturally contains essential nutrients.

Baking with einkorn flour

Baking with einkorn flour can sound trickier because the dough becomes more sticky, but it’s truly not! 

Simply follow the steps in the recipe and you’ll find the dough comes together really easily.

In fact, I prefer the no-knead method because it is less work and I love the texture of this bread. It is not dense bread and such a simple recipe!

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What you’ll need for no knead einkorn bread

How to make no knead einkorn bread

Scroll down to view the recipe card below for the full ingredients list, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions.

  1. Mix the einkorn flour, sea salt, and yeast together in a large bowl. Combine water until fully mixed.
  2. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow it to sit in the mixing bowl for a minimum of 3 hours up to 12 hours at room temperature or in a warm place for the dough to rise.
  3. When it’s time to bake, place the dutch oven in the oven and turn the heat to 450 to heat the dutch oven.
  4. After 30 minutes of heating, take a spoon a scrape around the edges of the dough to deflate slightly, and let the dough rest for 30 minutes. 
  5. Carefully remove the dutch oven from the oven, take the lid off and pour the dough into the pan. Place the lid on and bake for 25 minutes.
  6. After 25 minutes, remove the lid and allow the bread to bake and crusty up for 5 more minutes.
  7. When done baking, remove the loaf from the dutch oven and place it on a wire rack to cool.
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What size dutch oven works best for einkorn bread?

For this loaf, a 7-quart oval dutch oven works best.

If you use a larger round dutch oven, just know your loaf may be a little flatter and the cooking time could be a little less by using a larger pot.

Can you make einkorn sandwich bread?

Yes! Instead of using a dutch oven, line a loaf pan with parchment paper and use that.

You can use 1 bread pan for a larger loaf, or use 2 smaller bread pans for 2 loaves. You’ll get real bread that works great for sandwiches, toasted with peanut butter, and french toast with maple syrup!

For sandwich bread, the bake time will be similar – around 25-30 minutes.

You can use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the bread. Look for 200 degrees F to know when it’s done!

Can you use quick rise yeast?

In the recipe, it calls for active dry yeast. 

But what if you only have quick-rise yeast? Not a problem! 

The einkorn bread recipe rise time is very forgiving. 

You can use quick-rise yeast and just know that your dough will rise quicker. I’ve used the same amount of quick rise yeast and my minimum time simply decreases to 2 hours. 

You’ll get a quicker initial rise and then you can still have your dough sit out longer.

The beauty of this easy einkorn bread recipe is that you don’t have to monitor it super closely.

crusty no knead einkorn bread made in the dutch oven

Can you substitute whole wheat einkorn flour?

Whole wheat einkorn flour is next on my list to try, but I don’t see why not! 

Once I try it I will come back and update you here. If you do try making no knead einkorn bread with whole wheat einkorn flour, please leave a comment down below and report how it went and the next time I try it I will also come and update it here!

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Can you freeze einkorn flour bread?

Yup! 

Allow the bread to fully cool, then place in an airtight bag. 

Label and add the date and freeze for up to 6 months.

To defrost the bread, simply place the loaf on the counter for a few hours. 

You can warm it again in the oven at 350 for 5-10 minutes.

This recipe can be doubled or tripled (if you use multiple pans) and is fantastic to plan ahead for freezing.

Bake once, and enjoy multiple times!

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Looking for another einkorn recipe? Try one of these!

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4.96 from 22 votes

Crusty No Knead Einkorn Bread

Learn how easy it is to make this crusty no knead einkorn bread recipe in the dutch oven today! Just 3 simple ingredients transform into a delicious, crusty loaf of wholesome einkorn bread. If this is your first time baking bread you’ll impress yourself with this easy-to-make, fancy bread made with einkorn flour!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Rise time3 hrs
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, einkorn
Servings: 12
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix the einkorn flour, sea salt, and yeast together in a large bowl. Combine water until fully mixed.
  • Cover the dough with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow it to sit in the mixing bowl for a minimum of 3 hours up to 12 hours at room temperature or in a warm place for the dough rise.
  • When it’s time to bake, place the dutch oven in the oven and turn the heat to 450 to heat the dutch oven.
  • After 30 minutes of heating, take a spoon a scrape around the edges of the dough to deflate slightly, and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the dutch oven from the oven, take the lid off and pour the dough into the pan. Place the lid on and bake for 25 minutes.
  • After 25 minutes, remove the lid and allow the bread to bake and crusty up for 5 more minutes.
  • When done baking, remove the loaf from the dutch oven and place it on a wire rack to cool.
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
Einkorn Bread Recipe

Happy Baking! If you try this no knead einkorn bread recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

Originally published March 2020. Updated June 2022.

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34 comments

David Grau January 14, 2021 - 10:33 am

4 stars
The bread is easy to make, baked well and tasted very good, although both my wife and I found the bread too salty. I’ll try 1.25 tsp next time instead of 1.5 tsp and see if that reduction is enough.

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Heather January 14, 2021 - 2:56 pm

Thanks David! Let me know how it goes with less salt. Love hearing feedback on what works in your kitchen 🙂

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Linda Epler May 17, 2020 - 2:07 pm

Do you have to use a Dutch oven for this recipe?

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Heather May 17, 2020 - 3:17 pm

Hi Linda! This recipe and baking instructions was made for a dutch oven. I’ve also tried in a stainless steal pot with success, just use a little corn meal or something on the bottom so it doesn’t stick 🙂

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Linda Epler May 18, 2020 - 11:22 am

Thank you very much!

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Dee November 10, 2020 - 6:17 pm

5 stars
This was so simple, and so delicious! I cooked mine in a round corelle casserole with cover. I lined the casserole with parchment first, and cooked it right in the toaster oven. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you!

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Heather November 13, 2020 - 5:18 am

Fantastic Dee!! I’m so glad it was a winner!

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Gail November 12, 2020 - 1:01 pm

5 stars
I’ve been trying a failing at making einkorn bread, but this recipe is a keeper! I do not have an oval Dutch oven so I used a round one and it was definitely flatter than I would like. I am wondering if I could double this recipe? The loaf is rather small and a double batch would fit better in my Dutch oven. If the answer is yes, for how long should I bake it?

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Heather November 13, 2020 - 5:17 am

Hi Gail! Yay, I’m so glad it was a winner! If you doubled the batch, it would definitely take longer to bake… maybe 10-15 more minutes? If you try it and find a good bake time, could you let us know how it went? Thanks!!

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Joyce February 4, 2021 - 12:33 pm

5 stars
Hello, I have made this bread and it was very good. Can I double this recipe? Thank you in advance.

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Heather February 4, 2021 - 6:04 pm

Hi Joyce! So glad you’ve been enjoying the bread! If you had a larger dutch oven, you could definitely try it! The bake time would increase. I would try 10-15 more minutes. If you try it, report back!

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Anna June 17, 2021 - 12:30 pm

5 stars
Great recipe – this was my first time working with einkorn flour and I was really happy with how it turned out! Super easy to make as well. The bread has a nice, crispy crust with a soft interior. This is going to be my go to for homemade bread from now on!

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Heather June 21, 2021 - 5:11 am

That is wonderful news Anna! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Miranda March 6, 2022 - 4:41 pm

5 stars
Turned out great! This was my first time baking with einkorn flour. Have made some other breads in the past and wanted to try a new flour. Your recipe was most helpful! I doubled all the portions exactly but cut back in the salt to 2 tsp for the doubled recipe- I was wrong it needed probably a bit more so I will use 3-4 tsp next time as I’m sure I will double again for our large family.

I baked the doubles batch for about 45 min at the recommended 450 degrees and another 5 minutes with my Dutch oven lid removed. It was a hit! No leftovers at all, but we also had guests and I’d guess this later loaf served about 15 people total with pretty decently large slices.

YUMMY- served butter and a pinch of garlic powder! I’ll fore sure save this recipe. Thanks!!

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Heather March 7, 2022 - 5:37 am

Miranda, I’m so glad your first einkorn bread baking experience went well! I’ve never tried to double the recipe, so I’m glad to hear it worked! My family always finishes the load and wants more, so I’ll need to try increasing my amount too. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂

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Sheri April 6, 2022 - 6:22 am

Hi Heather . Just bought Einkorn flour and tried to make this loaf . I’m not sure what went wrong , it doesn’t look like enough liquid and I measured it correctly . It is dry and crumbly . Not sure I’d I should add more water before letting it rise ?

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Heather April 6, 2022 - 6:39 am

Hi Sheri! Yes, add water to get it to a consistency that’s not dry. With flour depending on how it’s scooped the amount added can vary so definitely add a bit more water to get the correct consistency. Hope it turns out for you!

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Denise Greene April 12, 2022 - 2:33 pm

5 stars
I can’t tell you how much I love this recipe! I made it yesterday, and it was great. Made it today, and it’s even better. This is definitely the new daily loaf for our Mediterranean lifestyle diet. Tonight, Briami with feta and slices of this delectable loaf. Truly the quickest, simplest, tastiest loaves I’ve ever made, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve been baking bread for years. I can’t even touch regular wheat bread anymore, but Einkorn is a true win for me. Thank you so much!

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Heather April 13, 2022 - 5:45 am

Denise, I’m so glad you’ve found a loaf that works for you! Thanks you so so much for sharing 🙂

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Kimberly May 21, 2022 - 5:39 pm

Can I use sourdough starter I have instead of the package yeast and if so how much?

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Kimberly May 21, 2022 - 5:40 pm

I had wrong email 🥴

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Heather May 24, 2022 - 5:29 am

Hey! Here’s the answer 🙂 While I haven’t tried this, I’ve read that you can use 1 cup (300 grams) of sourdough starter to replace one 2-teaspoon package of yeast. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

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Heather May 24, 2022 - 5:29 am

Hi Kimberly! While I haven’t tried this, I’ve read that you can use 1 cup (300 grams) of sourdough starter to replace one 2-teaspoon package of yeast. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

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Patricia July 8, 2022 - 5:03 pm

How long do you let the dough rest before putting it into the dutch oven? Thanks.

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Heather July 9, 2022 - 5:35 am

Hi Patricia! I let it rest for 30 minutes. Updating the recipe now! Thanks for your Q

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Lauren Boyechko July 15, 2022 - 12:32 pm

okay, i feel like such a dummy lol. First tine doing anything with bread!

“When it’s time to bake, place the dutch oven in the oven and turn the heat to 450 to heat the dutch oven.” Does this mean only the dutch oven & no bread?

“After 30 minutes of heating, take a spoon a scrape around the edges of the dough to deflate slightly, and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.” Does the dough “rest” in the oven ?

“Carefully remove the dutch oven from the oven, take the lid off and pour the dough into the pan. Place the lid on and bake for 25 minutes.” Any type of pan with a lid ?

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Heather July 16, 2022 - 6:15 am

Yup, heat the dutch oven with no bread in it! 🙂

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Lauren July 15, 2022 - 6:01 pm

5 stars
Okay, I made this and even the husband approved! I have no idea if I made i 100% correctly. This was my first time to ever make bread or use a dutch oven – haha. But for step #3, I left the dutch oven in the oven without the bread at 450 for 30 minutes. During that time, I took the bread out of the rising bowl and mushed it back into a circle and let it sit. I’m not sure if that is properly how you do step #4 in letting the “bread rest.” Afterwards, I put the bread in the dutch oven to do steps #5 and so on.

I covered the bread with butter after slicing it, and I think that really helped the bread to feel moist and be more like the store bought bread we’re used to. So this einkorn bread recipe is definitely going to be a new staple for us.

First recipe I’ve tried from your blog as well, looking forward to trying more !!

Thank you so much.

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Heather July 16, 2022 - 6:18 am

Yay Lauren, I’m so glad it was a hit for you guys! Sounds like you did it perfectly :). Thanks for sharing about your experience and I can’t wait to hear what you make next!

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Stoehrer Nicole July 31, 2022 - 8:37 am

Do you bake the bread on 450?

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Heather August 1, 2022 - 5:46 am

Yup, that’s correct!

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Hanne August 10, 2022 - 6:57 am

5 stars
I love this loaf to which I have added spices and grains, whatever I fancied. Really nice.
I have one question though: my loaf is rather flat, is there something I can do about that?

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Heather August 10, 2022 - 12:29 pm

Hey Hanne! So glad you’re enjoying this recipe! What type/size of pot or dutch oven do you use?

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