Haitian Bread (Pain Haitien)

Recipe Ingredients

2 packages active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water (105 to 155 degrees F)
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 to 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon freeze-dried instant coffee
2 tablespoons milk


Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in honey, oil, salt, nutmeg and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until very smooth, about 1 minute. Gradually add enough of the remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 50 minutes. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.

Punch dough down. Press into greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2-inch jellyroll pan. Cut dough into about 2 1/2-inch squares with sharp knife, cutting two-thirds of the way through dough. Cover; let rise until double, about 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Dissolve instant coffee in milk; brush over dough. Bake until bread is golden brown, about 35 minutes.

Break bread into squares to serve.

Makes 24 squares.

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