Muufo is the name of this Somali bread that is also very popular there. It is made with a fine semolina that if you can’t find it in your local grocery store you can pick some up here. Semolina is made from durum wheat however it has a texture similar to maize flour which can also be used.
Who doesn’t love bread that is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside? It is delicious, and we loved it to sop up the sauce from our Suugo recipe. Muufo is lightly flavored with fenugreek, a spice that is another hard to find ingredient that you can find here.
I cooked them on the stove in individual little cast iron skillets, and they turned out beautifully. In Somalia they would likely cook them in a clay oven.
Did you know that Somalia is known for pirates? They have the longest coastline in all of Africa. There was even a movie made about a captain that exchanged his life for those of his crew that were being held by Somali Pirates. The name of the movie is called “Captain Phillips” if you want to check it out.
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Muufo (Somali Bread)
A delicious thick bread made from fine semolina
- 1 cup semolina flour fine
- 2 Tablespoons yogurt plain
- 1/2 cup water warm
- 1 packet yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fenugreek ground
- 1 cup flour plain
- 1 cup self rising flour
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon oil for skillets
Mix together the semolina, yogurt, yeast, salt and fenugreek powder.
Add warm water to make a thin batter. Mix well.
Cover and put in warm spot overnight to rise
Add in the plain flour and self-rising flour along with the sugar.
Mix well and add enough water a cup or more to get a thick batter, add just a little at a time to get the right consistency. Knead for about 5 minutes.
Cover and set aside another 2 hours.
Knead again and separate batter into 4 pieces
Oil the skillets and press the dough into the skillets
Cook on medium high until golden on the bottom and flip over.
Cook until golden and enjoy hot.
If you don't have the individual size cast iron skillets, you can make a circle out of the dough about 3 inches (ca. 8 cm) each and cook in an oil skillet.