EAST AFRICAN COCONUT MILK BREAD/MKATE WA KIDOLE
East African coconut milk bread is known as 'Mkate wa kidole' which literally translates in Kiswahili as 'Finger bread' or 'Bread with finger marks indentations'.Another name usually used in Mombasa is 'mkate wa jongoo' translating into 'millipede bread'. This is due to the shape of the individual curled rolled sections of the bread.
This Swahili bread is popularly cooked by the East African Bajuni (Lamu area) people. It is a Swahili cuisine yeast levelled bread that is fragrant due to the addition of cardamom and the coconut milk. It is usually baked in a sufuria using charcoal. It can come in many shapes but the overall shape is round as it is traditionally baked in a sufuria (Round pan). The ingredients are almost similar to Mahamri/Mandazi, The only difference being that this bread is baked while Mahamri are deep fried. Can be served anytime, usually at breakfast with spiced tea.
BAKING THE BREAD.
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MORE INFORMATION & TIPS
1) If you are using a cup for your measurements, then use the same cup to measure all the ingredients as required and specified above.
2)FLOUR SUBSTITUTIONS: If you would like to substitute all purpose flour with wheat flour : As a general rule, start by replacing a third of the total amount of flour listed in the recipe with wheat flour. The next time, substitute it for a half of the flour listed. Keep substituting with more wheat flour each time you make it until you find the right ratio of wheat flour to plain flour that YOU PREFER, remember it is all a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind that wheat flour products will be denser than one cooked with plain all purpose flour, so it will depend on personal preference.
The coconut milk can be substituted with coconut milk powder mixed with water. Follow the packet instruction to make the amount required stipulated in this recipe.
3) VARIATIONS FOR THIS RECIPE: Black currants/raisins can be added to the dough. Also, the top of the bread can also be lightly sprinkled with sesame seeds.