Alexandrian Bread Recipe

This emmer wheat bread recipe features emmer wheat flour and chickpea flour in a reconstruction of an ancient Mediterranean staple.

Spring 2015

  • There are several hundred distinct types of emmer wheat; these landraces are becoming increasingly difficult to find due to popularity of hybrid grains.
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Total Hands-On Time: 2 hrs

Preparation Time: 1 hr 20 min

Cook Time: 35-40 min

Yield: Two 6-inch diameter loaves

Learn more about emmer wheat in the article Emmer Wheat: Ancient Bread Rediscovered.

The best place to see and sample the vast diversity of traditional emmer wheat food preparations was the farmers market in Aleppo, Syria, but unfortunately that historic market has recently fallen victim to the ongoing civil war in that country. Our emmer wheat bread recipe is a generalized reconstruction of a type of bread you would find in their market since no exact recipe has survived.

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