uJeqe: A Special Type of Steamed Bread

uJeqe is a type of Zulu steamed bread that is made by combining flour, yeast, sugar, salt and warm water. This dish is important within Zulu culture and shows the different types of bread available within Southern Africa.

» 4 cups of cake flour
» 1 tablespoon of sugar
» 1 teaspoon of salt
» 10g of yeast
» 2 ½ cups of warm water

How to do it:
» In a bowl add the flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
» Gradually add the warm water until a soft dough forms
» Onto a surface with flour, knead the dough until its smooth and elastic
» Place into a bowl and leave to prove for 30 mins.
» Tip onto a floured surface and knead to remove the air from the dough
» Place into a heat proof dish and leave to rise until its double the size.
» Place into a pot filled with boiling water and leave to simmer for 2 hours.


On the plate » uJeqe with Seswaa (mixed with sweet chilli sauce) and a garnish of fresh basil.

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