Ghana Sugar Bread
`This is one of the more popular breads to make in Ghana, West Africa. Made with flour, sugar / honey, nutmeg, eggs, milk, etc
- 2.5 Cups Unbleached Flour
- 1 Cup Sugar Its usually made with sugar
- 1 Cup Butter
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp Yeast
- 1 Cup Lukewarm Water
Boil one cup of water for a few minutes or until lukewarm and add the salt and a tbsp of honey then add the yeast. Let it sit between 5-10 minutes or until it reacts, it should grow in volume and become foamy.
Pour the the flour in a big bowl and add the nutmeg
Add the butter, milk, egg, water and mix well. Knead for about 10 minutes until its smooth and elastic.
Shape into a loaf and place it in a greased baking dish, cover it up and let it sit for about an hour so it rises.
Place in a 350 degree Fahrenheit pre-heated oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes until its golden brown
Making sugar bread or any kind of bread reminds me of a woman who sold bread in the neighborhood I grew up in Accra, Ghana. Almost every other day we'll pick up sugar bread fresh out of the oven. And I soon as I got home I would cut a couple of slices and butter them up. Nothing like a warm bread with melting butter over it.
Sugar bread gets its name because its made with sugar, duh :). We don't buy sugar anymore but we use organic honey as a substitute. We purchase a jar from the local farmer's market. I don't feel as bad using honey because it has medicinal value.