So today was Heritage Day in South Africa, a significant day in the South African Calendar and synonymous with Braai Day. I thought I would post our recipe for Stokbrood, or stick bread… is there anything better than cooking in the great outdoors.
I have been making bread on a stick my entire life and it something that my kids really love doing… and it is the easiest thing in the world to do, while cooking over a fire. We begin with our basic bread recipe…
Basic Bread Dough
Place a kilogram of flour in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the flour and put a Table spoon of sugar and a packet of yeast in the well. Then pour a cup of warm water into the well and leave covered for about ten minutes. Your yeast will froth up… After ten minutes add enough warm water and a pinch of salt so that you can pull the flour into a ball of dough, then knead your bread for about ten minutes.
For stick bread you need to have a slightly firmer dough than usual. Cover your dough and leave it to rise for about an hour. While your dough is rising send everyone off on a walk to find a suitable stick. Once your bread has risen you can break it up into enough chunks for everyone to make their own bread.
Let everyone knead their little ball of dough a little bit and then roll it into a rope… and carefully wrap it around their stick.
And then patience is key… twisting and turning and waiting… and chatting.
There you go… fun times on the fire… you can eat it plane off the fire, or add lashings of freshly made butter and honey.
Add some corn on the cob and some mushrooms and you have a ready made feast…
That’s it… have a fun weekend and happy cooking in the great outdoors.