Diphaphata/Stove-top Muffins from Xaxaba, Botswana

For the alphabet X, since we don’t have any country beginning with X, we decided to cook from any city that starts with X. So, i decided to cook from Xaxaba, Botswana. It is  a landlocked country in Southern Africa, where 70% of the country is taken up by Kalahari Dessert.  Food shares some characteristic with other african cusines, but then they have their unique food too. The Mopa worms, which look much like a caterpillar are a delicacy which are cooked in hot ashes or fried, sauteed!!! Other famous food is ugali, cooked maize flour. 

What caught my attention is their Diphaphata, pronounced Dee-pa-pat-ta. It is such a quick bread, all you need is an hour,to make and eat them. They are soft, puffy and amazing with some cream cheese. Oh yes, warm diphaphata and some cream cheese, it is heaven and a big glass of Orange juice, will complete your breakfast.
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Ingredients (makes 6 largish breads)

2 Cups All Purpose flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 Cup Milk

  • Take together flour,sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Whisk well to combine. Now slowly add milk to this flour mix and start kneading to make a soft dough.
  • Take the dough to a flat kneading surface, I used my kitchen counter, Knead for 2-3 minutes to get a smooth dough.
  • Keep the dough covered and let it rest for 15 minutes. After the given time, Dust your work surface with flour and start rolling out the dough about 1/4inch thick.
  • Using a cookie cutter or sharp bowl cut out roundels about 4-5 inches in diameter from the dough. I made 3 big rounds and 3 small rounds.
  • Heat a flat griddle,when it is hot enough, place 2 diphaphata’s on the hot pan, reduce the heat to medium let it cook for  minutes on one side, flip and cook the other side too for another 2 minutes.
  • They should well browned on both sides. The bread will puff up well while cooking. Smear oil on the griddle while cooking, to prevent the bread’s from sticking to the pan.
  • Enjoy the bread warm with your favorite spread, I enjoyed my diphaphata, with some warm homemade apricot jam and few with cheese slices.

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