…and a giveaway!
If you read our sourdough post last week, then you know that we have been experimenting recently with sourdough; and with Easter coming up this weekend I decided to give our traditional hot cross buns for good Friday a sourdough twist.
For this particular recipe, I also decided to try making them with einkorn flour. If you are not familiar with einkorn, it is one of the ancient grains, and known as the oldest variety of wheat. I have been interested in it for some time because:
You can read more about the history and benefits of einkorn wheat here.
We also found that we really liked the flavor and texture of the resulting flour. It is lighter and fluffier than hard red winter wheat and has a flavor very similar to spelt. We used it in a number of things besides our hot cross buns: pancakes, quick breads ~ I even added it to our sourdough starter. I was delighted to find that the starter responded better with the einkorn flour than with spelt.
Scroll on down past the recipe for more details and information from Tropical Traditions.
- 1/2 cup of sourdough starter
- 3 1/2 - 4 cups of einkorn flour
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup of buttermilk
- 1/2 cup of melted butter, unsalted
- 1/3 cup of granulated natural sweetener of your choice
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 3 free range pastured eggs
- 2/3 cup of raisins
- Combine the starter, the buttermilk, the cinnamon, the melted butter, the sweetener and the salt in a large bowl.
- Add enough flour to make a very stiff dough.
- Cover and let set overnight to sour.
- Sprinkle the dough with the salt and the soda, and with your hands or a wooden spoon work in the eggs and raisins.
- Be patient ~ this is easier said than done but stick with it and pat yourself on the back (with clean hands of course) for making something that will be so good for you!
- Dough will be sticky but should be pliable.
- Form dough into twelve even balls and place in a greased square pan so that the sides are touching. This will help the sticky dough to rise.
- Using kitchen shears or a serrated knife cut crosses in the top.
- If you'd like, brush with beaten egg for a glossy finish.
- Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until firm to the touch.
- When cool, use an icing of your choice to form the crosses if you so desire.
- The longer the dough sits in the starter, the more sour it will get.
- If you feel that you need more flour when shaping your rolls that is fine, just note that it will not have been treated with the sourdough.
- The texture of these will not be as smooth as the traditional hot cross buns but the flavor is still very good.
- I used organic evaporated cane juice as a sweetener.
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