May 16, 2022

Whole einkorn spelt pancakes

Einkorn spelt pancakes 

The ancient grain “einkorn” has many health benefits. Along with spelt these make for healthy, yummy einkorn spelt pancakes. You’ll love them! Einkorn is a great ancient grain to work with. The fact that einkorn is no longer produced on a wide scale has to do with the fact that einkorn has smaller grains and therefore does not yield as much as the current varieties. Einkorn is also called “little spelt”, because of the smaller grains.

Einkorn Pancakes with a jar of blueberry jam

Is einkorn good for you?

Einkorn has many health benefits. Firstly, Einkorn flour has a higher protein content than most grains, is rich in fiber and a number of B vitamins. Next, einkorn also has a very high content of the antioxidant lutein. Furthermore, einkorn has a lower gluten content than most current hybridized grains, making it easier to digest.

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Carying a stack of einkorn spelt pancakes to the table. Wearing a long green skirt and a white linnen top with a brown leather belt.

Making the batter

The batter for the einkorn spelt pancakes is made in a large bowl. First add the einkorn flour and spelt flour. The salt comes next. Sprinkle the salt over the flour and spread it lightly with your fingertips. Make sure there are no lumps of salt in it. The nice thing is to use fine sea salt, it still contains many minerals. Coarse sea salt is less suitable because there is a chance that salty pieces will get in, unless you want to achieve that effect of course :)

Then beat the four eggs and add about 1/3 of the milk. The batter should still be quite thick, but it should be able to be mixed with the mixer until smooth. Then add a little milk at a time until all the milk is used up. The batter is then free and that’s how it should be. That way you’ll get nice, thin pancakes.

Close-up stack of einkorn pancakes

Cooking the pancakes

The batter for the einkorn spelt pancakes is made in a large bowl. First add the einkorn flour and spelt flour. The salt comes next. Sprinkle the salt over the flour and spread it lightly with your fingertips. Make sure there are no lumps of salt in it. The nice thing is to use fine sea salt, it still contains many minerals. Coarse sea salt is less suitable because there is a chance that salty pieces will get in, unless you want to achieve that effect of course :)

Then beat the four eggs and add about 1/3 of the milk. The batter should still be quite thick, but it should be able to be mixed with the mixer until smooth. Then add a little milk at a time until all the milk is used up. The batter is then free and that’s how it should be. That way you’ll get nice, thin pancakes.

Sourdough pancakes 

Can I also make the einkorn spelt pancakes in a sourdough variant?

Yes, you can. And that’s a very good idea in fact! Old grains are ideal for use with sourdough. To do this, make the batter the night before. This is done in the same way as mentioned above. You can choose not to add the eggs until the morning. You then make the batter with einkorn flour, spelt flour, sea salt, milk and 100 grams (preferably fed) starter.

If you want to bake in the morning, mix the above ingredients at the end of the evening and place it in a cool place. If you want to bake later the next day, place it in the fridge after it has stood at room temperature for at least an hour.

On the day of baking, add the eggs and mix until you have a smooth batter. Baking is the same as with the non-sourdough variant.

Rolled op einkorn spelt pancake on a stack of pancakes.

How to serve einkorn spelt pancakes?

These einkorn spelt pancakes are best when freshly baked. They are still nice and warm, with a slightly crunchy outside and soft in the middle.

You can serve them with a little butter and maple syrup. But the einkorn spelled pancakes are also delicious with homemade jam.

Don’t have any homemade jam available? Then you can also take 2 cups of blueberries from the freezer. You cook these until they are soft. Add to this a heaped tablespoon of arrowroot powder that has been dissolved in some water. Add maple syrup to taste and blend with an immersion blender. If you let the homemade blueberry sauce cool down for a while, it will thicken a bit. You can also make the sauce a day in advance and keep it in the fridge.

These einkorn spelled pancakes are also delicious as a savory pancake. For example, sprinkle with cheese and grill them in the oven. Because einkorn has a nice, nutty taste on its own, it also goes very well with some slices of brie, honey and nuts.

You can actually make them any way you like them best.

Flower pancakes

If you want these pancakes to be something very special you can top them with some clotted cream and decorate them with edible flowers. Not sure which flowers are edible? You can find a list of edible flower in my post on 10 edible flower to use this summer.

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A view of the whole einkorn spelt pancakes from above. They're on a white plate with a blue rim. Beside it stands a jar of blueberry jam.

Storing the pancakes 

These pancakes freeze well. They’re best frozen seperately to prevent them from sticking together. You might end up with a big pancake block when you freeze them all at once. You could separate them with some parchement paper as well. Be sure to store them in an airtight package or container otherwise they will dry out.

Another way to freeze them is to roll up eacht pancake seperately and place them in a silicone or ziplock bag. Let them thaw before use. 

They keep in de fridge for up to three day. Of course be sure to store them in an airtight container. 

You can reheat them in the pan or in the oven on a medium temperature, about 180 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees F.

A few notes

If you can’t find whole einkorn flour, you can substitute the flour for all purpose einkorn flour. However, the pancakes get some nice texture and softness when you use whole einkorn flour.

Also, if einkorn is althogether hard to find you can substitute with other types of flour. Though, you’ll loose some of the health benefits and taste of the einkorn. Buckwheat or whole spelt are good alternatives.

In case you use another type of (ancient) grain you might have to adapt the amount of water too. The batter should be thin, so it spreads easily in the pan. But, it should not be watery.

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Einkorn Pancakes with a jar of blueberry jam

Einkorn Spelt Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

The ancient grain “einkorn” has many health benefits. Along with spelt these make for healthy, yummy einkorn spelt pancakes. You’ll love them! Einkorn is a great ancient grain to work with. The fact that einkorn is no longer produced on a wide scale has to do with the fact that einkorn has smaller grains and therefore does not yield as much as the current varieties. Einkorn is also called “little spelt”, because of the smaller grains.

Ingredients

  • 250 grams whole einkorn flour
  • 250 grams of spelt flour
  • 1 liter milk
  • 4 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • Butter or coconut oil for baking

Instructions

  1. Preheat the pan(s) on a medium temperature.
  2. Combine both types of flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the eggs and about ⅓ of the milk.
  4. Mix until smooth and slowly add the rest of the milk. Don't add all the milk at once or you'll end up with a lumpy batter.
  5. Test the pan to see if they're hot. (See Notes above on how to test).
  6. Melt about a tsp of butter or coconut oil to the pan.
  7. Add one soupladle of batter to the pan and turn the pan to evenly distribute the batter.
  8. Bake until the pancake can easily be turned around without sticking to the pan. That's usually when the top is (almost dry).
  9. Flip and bake the other side for about 30 seconds.
  10. Place on a plate and cover. Continue untill there's no batter left.

Notes

For additional notes see the blog post above.

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