January 1, 2010

Himbasha Success!

Himbasha is a bread that is very important to Abenezer. It was something that was made on special occasions with his family. The birthday pictures that we have from Ethiopia always have a large round loaf of himbasha with a cake on top. He loves it...and it's actually a very good bread. Our local Ethiopian restaurant makes it and I have been diligently trying to copy their recipe!

I finally got really close yesterday! Theirs is still much prettier and slightly tastier..but hey, I'm close! Ab was very happy! Here are some pics and the recipe to follow!

Here you go...

I make my dough in a bread machine. I use it to mix and rise. My house never seems warm enough to get it to rise good.


1 cup water
around 4 cups of flour--more or less to make it a dense dough..not real sticky
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup (or more depending on how sweet you want it) honey
2 tsp yeast (don't put salt in next to yeast...put the yeast in with your honey)
2 tsp of black sesame seeds
2 tsp fenugreek
2 tsp thyme
2 tsp cardamom (next time I will probably use 2 1/2 of the cardamom)

Let is rise in bread machine (or first time in bowl) then take and put it on a round pan. Make it into a circle and let rise more (not huge) then back at 350 until light golden. I brushed with butter afterward
Sorry it's not more exact..I just keep playing with it. This time was the best so far. Our local ethiopian restaurant makes one that is to die for. I keep trying to copy it. Family voted this one the closest :)


  1. It sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  2. By the looks of Ab's grin you must have gotten REAL close! What in the world is fenugreek? Kiss those sweet Ab cheeks for me!!

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  4. change 1tsp yeast to 2 tsp yeast

  5. Thank you for sharing Himbasha..
    How much do these ingredients yield?
    I'm a big fan of this lovely bread as my mother was born in Asmara :D..
    I want a recipe for sweet himbasha with raisans plz ..
    Thank you


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