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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Braai Isonka Samanzi Grilled Bread

Isonka samanzi is Xhosa for bread in water or steamed bread. 


Braai Isonka samanzi or grilled bread is made by steaming dough in a cast iron pot on top of braai or BBQ coals until the bread is soft on the inside and brown on the outside. Isonka samanzi is Xhosa for bread in water or steamed bread.  

The uniqueness of this recipe is not the ingredients but the way the bread is baked in a cast iron pot. This local Southern African delicacy of homemade baked bread will leave you wanting more.


Braai Isonka Samanzi Grilled Bread


Ingredients:

Braai Isonka samanzi or grilled bread is made by steaming dough in a cast iron pot on top of braai or BBQ coals until the bread is soft on the inside and brown on the outside.
Braai Isonka Samanzi by chris liang 82

3 ¼ cups bread flour

1 package active dry yeast (.25 ounce)

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 ¼ cups warm water

2 tablespoons soft butter

1 teaspoon salt


Directions:
In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water. In a separate bowl, add butter and salt mix well. Lightly alternate stirring in flour and water. 

When the dough slightly sticky to the touch, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes or use the bread hook attachment on your mixer, mix 4-5 minutes. 

Lightly oil a cast iron pot with a lid, place the dough in the pot cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Place lid on pot (oil the top of the lid also) and place on hot coals with no flames for 2 hours. 

Bread is ready when a skewer is inserted in the middle of the bread and it comes out clean.

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