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.
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.
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“
How to Make African Bread
African bread 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.
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.
Cover with a cloth.
Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
The final result
Delicious homemade bread.