Haitian bread……..mmmmm ……….oh Haitian bread. I don’t think there’s anything quite like it. Especially caressed with some butter and accompanied with a cup of good REBO cafe (or any Haitian coffee).
I remember those genial squares that would ride in the baskets of the walking merchants passing by our neighborhood. I remember wondering how they would keep it so moist and warm?
I guess it was because of the sun rays that would directly hit them from the height at which the merchants would hold them.
Well here in NY, we don’t have the privilege of having merchants passing by in our neighborhoods to sell us products. Instead, we have to walk to the grocery store to get some basic needs.
I just had to look up the Haitian bread recipe online after receiving some good LAKAY coffee from a dear friend of mine in North Carolina.
So, try it!
I found this recipe here
2 packages active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (105 to 155 degrees F)
1/4 cup honey ( You don’t have to use as much honey. It’s really optional)
2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon freeze-dried instant coffee
2 tablespoons milk
- Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in honey, oil, salt, nutmeg and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until very smooth, about 1 minute.
- Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 50 minutes. Dough is ready if indentation (A deep recess in the surface) remains when touched. (For this part, since I don’t have any stone oven- which we usually use in Haiti- I put the dough in a 200 degrees F heated oven)
- Punch dough down. Press into greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2-inch jellyroll pan. Cut dough into about 2 1/2-inch squares with sharp knife, cutting two-thirds of the way through dough. Cover; let rise until double, about 30 minutes. (As you can see, I made disks of bread instead)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Dissolve instant coffee in milk; brush over dough. Bake until bread is golden brown, about 35 minutes.
Break bread into squares to serve.
Makes 24 squares.