An Easy Recipe to Make With Kids: Ethiopian Honey Bread

Ethiopian Bread

The Ethiopian-Jewish community is a rich, vibrant culture, which has developed many of their own unique traditions. These include the holiday of Sigd (which has similarities to both Yom Kippur and Shavuot) and a special bread called dabu. Unlike traditional flatbreads, dabu is a leavened honey bread. This version is simple, hearty, and delicious.

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  • 2 1⁄4 cups warm water
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoons yeast
  • 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1⁄2 cups whole-wheat flour (optional — can also use all-purpose)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or sage (optional)
  • 1 cup honey (can also use agave, maple syrup, or a combination)
  • 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Combine water and yeast in a bowl and set aside until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and herbs. While mixing, slowly add the water and yeast mixture, honey, and oil until combined.
  3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until a ball forms. If dough is too sticky, add a tablespoon of flour at time.
  4. Place dough in a large oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth. Allow dough to rise for about 1 1⁄2 hours or until doubled.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease two 9x4-inch loaf pans. Divide dough into two oblong halves, put each half in a prepared loaf pan, cover, and let rise for half an hour.
  6. Bake loaves until the tops are golden brown, approximately 35 minutes. Let loaves rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Enjoy!


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