African Bread Recipe – Democratic Republic of the Congo

João Leitão
Updated on July 11, 2018
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African Bread Recipe - Democratic Republic of the Congo

African Bread Recipe – Democratic Republic of the Congo

I love to cook.

During my travels, and every time I can, I like to jump into the kitchen and learn how to prepare a local dish or recipe.

Bread Recipe - Democratic Republic of the Cong

Heating the oven – Bread Recipe – Democratic Republic of the Cong

At Aru, during my trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I ‘ve learned how to make a local bread recipe.

Aru is a town in the Ituri Region of the Orientale Province in DRC.

Bread Recipe - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bread Recipe – Democratic Republic of the Congo

On this page, I’ll give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to make African bread. This bread recipe is very easy to prepare and doesn’t require much work.

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Azam super fine home baking flour

Azam super fine home baking flour – made in Uganda but sold in the Eastern part of the DRC


Ingredients:


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of yeast
  • warm water
  • vegetable oil

NOTE: Bread in Lingala language is MAPA and in Luba-Kasai is BOFOLO. Both are Bantu languages spoken throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, in Angola and the Central African Republic.

How to Make African Bread

African Bread Recipe – Step by step

Mixing the ingredients - African Bread Recipe

Mixing the ingredients – African Bread Recipe

1- Bread Dough

Pour the water into a container and add salt, sugar, oil, yeast. Leave aside for approximately 5 minutes. Then mix gently. Add the egg. Mix gently again.

Wait 2 more minutes and add the flour, by kneading slowly – a light pressing – not too hard.

BEFORE - Easy African Bread Recipe

BEFORE – Easy African Bread Recipe

Cover with a cloth.

Bread Recipe

Bread Recipe

Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

2- Shaping

Easy African Bread Recipe

AFTER – Easy African Bread Recipe

Grease the baking pan and sprinkle a little flour on a large board. Here the bread dough is stretched and kneaded before entering the pan.

How to Make African Bread

How to Make African Bread

Place the dough in the pan and let it rest for 1 hour. Be careful not to overfill the baking pan as the bread will grow larger. Cover with a cloth.

3- Oven

In the oven - African Bread Recipe

In the oven – African Bread Recipe

Heat oven at high temperature before placing the bread pans. Remember that what will make the dough cook properly is the high oven temperature. You have to preheat it before putting the pans.

4- And the final result is this

Bread Recipe - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bread Recipe – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Delicious homemade bread.

The team

Learning how to make bread in Africa

Learning how to make bread in Africa

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HI! I'm João Leitão. Traveling independently since 1999, I explored more than 130 countries and territories in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North & South America and Oceania. Welcome to my adventure travel blog, where I gathered useful information and inspiring narratives to motivate you to travel more. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest e YouTube.

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