Sweet Hembesha

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Sweet Eritrean bread



  1. Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the egg and the spices.
  3. Add the flour little by little.
  4. Knead the mixture for 10 minutes on a floured table.
  5. Allow the dough to rise, covered by a tea-towel, in a warm place.
  6. Knead the mixture again and create a round, flat bread (2 centimeters high) from the dough in the frying pan, allow the dough to rise a second time in a warm place, until its volume has doubled.
  7. Decorate the bread with a knife or nails (see picture below).
  8. Bake the bread in the covered frying pan for 10 minutes on a medium to low fire.
  9. Turn over the bread and bake it for another 5 minutes.
  10. Remove the bread from the frying pan and spread it with some water and butter.
  11. Serve warm or cold in wedges.