This bread is made by steaming the dough until it’s cooked. If I tell you it’s divine, you’ll just look at me and wonder what’s divine about steam cooked bread? Wait until you try it. It’s a perfect example of a simple pleasure.
I worked on the recipe December last year during the holidays with my adorable 9-year-old nephew. He was just watching in amazement, adding the ingredients and sifting them. When we were done and the bread was cooked I cut it into slices and put some margarine on it while it was still hot. I called my mom, sister and brother to come have a look and taste (my taste panel haha). I can’t remember why but I disappeared from the kitchen and went to another room. By the time I got back to the kitchen the bread was gone.
I asked what happened, my 18-year-old brother calmly replied “haibo big sis, ucinga uba sizotya islice esiyi one and then sisiyeke simnandi kangaka esa sonka” which means it was impossible for them to just taste one slice and leave the rest…the bread is too nice. The same incident happened recently in Cape Town during the shoot. My other sister and 20-year-old cousin were assisting me. The bread was ready and the photographer just called to let me know he was outside so I needed to go and get him.
Quarter of the bread was gone….when I came back…
When I asked, they just continued chewing, saying the bread is nice. Crazy huh?
Steam Bread Recipe
4½ cups cake flour
500ml warm water
10ml instant dry yeast
1. Grease an enamel dish or bowl with butter or margarine.
2. Sift the dry ingredients and mix them into a bowl.
3. Knead until the dough is combined and does not stick to the hands.
4. Transfer the dough to the greased bowl.
5. Cover it up and let rise.
6. Add some water into a big saucepan and put the greased bowl inside.
7. Steam for at least an hour or until cooked.
8. Cover the saucepan during cooking.
9. Serve warm or cold with veggies, soup, meat etc.
The water should not get into the bowl otherwise your bread will be soggy.
BTW: Steam Bread is one of those traditional South African dishes you have to master. When you are done mastering this dish, I challenge you to try your hand at this delicious Dombolo and Lamb Stew.