3-Strand Braided Bread with Sweet Black Bean Filling Video

Tasty and soft 3-strand braided bread filled with sweet sticky and spiced black bean paste. Great on its own, for tea and as dessert. Includes a how-to video. 

Let’s face it, this pandemic has made us stock up on beans more than we would like to admit. And this is not to sound like an insensitive person because the fact that I am saying this or that you are agreeing with me means we are both privileged enough to even think it.

So what happens when you have too many beans and have had your fill of this incredible bean stew? You start to wonder what else beans can become. I am here to answer your question with this 3-Strand Braided Bread with Sweet Black Bean Filling that you won’t even recognize has beans as a filling until someone tells you. I told you. Imagine a soft loaf of bread filled with sweet paste except this is bean paste. Yes. It is as good as it looks in case you are wondering. You are welcome. because I wanted you to believe for yourself, I even created a video for it. 



Observations

  1. Black beans add a beautiful contrast but you can use any other type of dark/red beans. 

3-Strand Braided Bread with Black Bean Filling Video

What you will need:

Bread Dough

3 C. Flour

4 Tbsp. Sugar

1/2 Tsp. Salt

2 Tsp. Yeast

1 C. Milk, warm

1/4 C. Oil

Additional cup of flour for kneading

Filling

1 C. Black beans

1 C. Sugar

1/3 C. Condensed milk

1 Tbsp. Vanilla essence

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon

1 Tsp. Allspice

1 Tsp. Ground Cloves

1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg

1/2 Tsp. Salt

Method

Bread dough

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt and yeast) in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, add the milk and oil and mix well.
  2. Slowly pour the milk oil mixture in the bowl of dry ingredients while mixing gradually.
  3. Mix till a dough is formed. Cover the dough with a damp towel and set aside to rise for 1 hour

Filling

  1. Soak the beans for 6 hours or overnight till they are soft. Boil the beans till they are tender. This can take about an hour in a regular pan or 25 minutes in a pressure cooker. 
  2. Once the beans are boiled, divide them into two equal parts. Keep the other part for stews. add half a cup of water into the remaining beans and let them simmer
  3. Add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, ground cloves/ allspice, nutmeg and salt. Let the beans simmer till all the liquid has reduced. Keep stirring while mashing them. Add condensed milk and continue stirring while mashing the beans. 
  4. Remove the beans from fire and let them cool. Using either a glass or a wooden spoon, mash the beans until they turn into a thick rich paste. If you want it to be very smooth, you can use a blender or food processor. Set your paste aside. 

Braided Bread

  1. After the dough has risen for an hour, punch it down and knead it for about 5 minutes or until it is smooth and not sticky.  
  2. Divide the dough into 3 equal parts and roll out each part. Spread the filling on each rolled out part of the bread and roll it into a log. Braid these three ‘logs’ into a braided bread. Make sure to seal the edges so the filling doesn’t come out when baking.  Set on a greased baking tray and let it rise for another 20 minutes. 
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F 45 minutes. The bread will double in size and had a golden brown exterior. 
  4. Serve the bread when cool.  

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#BLACKLIVESMATTER: How Racism Manifests Itself in Africa

To any African saying  #Blacklivesmatter is not their concern: Racism doesn’t care if you are African or African American. You will still face injustices in your African country because racism has made us believe that White people and everything White is Superior. 

This week has been hard for so many Black people especially our African American Family. I’m taking this time to post about what I am feeling: so many feelings but mostly ANGER.

Racism is a virus that needs to be eradicated. It is so far reaching. As someone who has experienced both overt and covert racism, this is something that I talk and think about all the time. As a teen, I lived in a community that was very anti-black and valued whiteness so much that microaggressions and blatant racist behavior became a normal thing for me. I couldn’t speak out because I was a minority. Experiences like that and many others have shaped the way I view the world.
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I am an African, a black African. And there are many Africans who think that there is little to no racism in our African countries. They think that this #BLACKLIVESMATTER is an African American battle. But that is so far from the truth. Racism is very alive in our communities and it is so ingrained in most of us that we do not even notice it. Racism in Africa is believing that White people and everything White is Superior.

Racism in Africa is why:

  1. We ignorantly retort to all lives matter so we can appease our White friends/connections.
  2. We witness establishments in Africa give attention to Bazungu and then turn around and treat us like we don’t matter.
  3. We prefer to listen to country music and judge hip hop, R&B, reggae, dance hall, etc. Even when the message is the same.
  4. We have and prefer White/non-Africans in management positions in business establishments.
  5. We look down on our local cuisines and food.
  6. We utter things like ‘I need to go to America or [insert any western country] to live a better life’
  7. We cut our hair with the excuse that it is hard to manage/looks improper but let students of non-African descent keep their hair.
  8. We see and experience police brutality but remain indifferent.
  9. We see how our African governments treat Africans citizens like shit.
  10. We go through the Ugandan education system and we can tell you all about Canadian prairies
  11. We are aware how a lighter shade in complexion grants us entry into certain spaces.
  12. Almost everyone wants to work, volunteer or at least intern with the UN, Oxfam, Save the Children, World Vision.
  13. We bend over backwards to grab the attention of and entertain our white guests in hopes that they will ‘see us’ even to the destruction of our fellow Africans.
  14. We work so hard to get an ‘accent’ because we know the privilege it affords us.
  15. When we go abroad, we distance ourselves from our African American kin because ‘we are not like them’.
  16. We don’t consider ‘abroad’ as Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan or any African country aside from South Africa
  17. We prefer to marry men or women lighter than us because God forbid, the child is darker than the parent.
  18. It is easier for a white person to open a company/NGO. When a black person does, we are thoroughly interrogated especially when it comes to the source of funds.
  19. We would rather have a White guest speaker than a Black speaker for a graduation, conference, evangelistic meeting, etc.
  20. We jokingly or irritably say ‘my hair is like steel wire. If only I had munyerere’
  21. We find that western passport holders can easily enter our countries but we have to prove ourselves worthy of western visas.
  22. We doubt a Black person’s credibility until they mention their ties to USA, UK, etc.
  23. We casually dismiss black pain, suffering and death because we’ve been told we are strong and have tough skin as compared to Bazungu.
  24. We think being called a Northerner or South Sudanese is an insult especially when we are not.
  25. We know proximity to Whiteness: spouses, children, best friends, lovers, coworkers, classmates will grant us access to certain places and things.
  26. We dismiss or know little about our history but somehow know all about the Third Reich, the American revolution (minus the African Americans), the Berlin Ball, the Great Wall of China etc.
  27. We treat our brothers and sisters in the north (of Uganda) and South Sudan like shit until western media tells us they have the most gorgeous skin!
  28. We ask ‘abadugavu, ani yatuloga?’ regarding our lack of economic growth and development.
  29. We are indifferent seeing Black bodies suffering, impoverished, poverty stricken but immediately feel empathy when a White body is shown in similar situations.

To any African saying  #Blacklivesmatter is not their concern: Racism doesn’t care if you are African or African American. You will still face injustices in your African country because racism has made us believe that White people and everything White is Superior. I’m praying that this is the year we as Africans realize that Whiteness and gate-keeping Whiteness does NOT benefit us.

I am Angry. But I’m also calling upon Africans and anyone who follows me to join the fight against racism. Thinking that our struggles are not linked to African American struggles divides us. We all know that there is power in numbers. Let us, Africans, join the fight against racism because the change coming will affect all of us for the better. Their Liberation is our liberation.

To support black people and educate yourself, follow the links below:

  1. Trevor Noah put into words what most people are failing to understand about the fight for black freedom in this video.
  2. No White Saviors is a Ugandan organisation committed to dismantling the harmful ways in which whiteness presents itself on the African continent and non-white communities all around the world. They also have a podcast here.
  3. The Conscious Kid is committed to educating white people and parents about their privilege and how they can use it for the good of their fellow men through diverse educational materials.
  4. Rachel Cargle is offering lectures  on the same topic for people committed to learning to dismantle racism.
  5. And lastly, actions speak louder than words, so donate what you can to the protests.

 

Until next time, FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.

Easy to Make Moist and Delicious Cornbread

Easy to make moist and crumbly interior and golden crunchy exterior 10 ingredient cornbread.  This cornbread can be made in less than 60 minutes with ingredients readily available in your kitchen/ pantry.  

 

While the world is falling down the banana bread making rabbit hole, I am still on the edge because I have no bananas on me (where do y’all get bananas?) And even if I had them, I would eat them immediately before even thinking of making the bread. So I have instead resorted to making the next best thing: cornbread. We all have maize in our pantries/ stores and this bread is so easy to put together. And believe me when I say that it is possibly the easiest bread you will ever have to make because it uses pantry staples like flour, maize, baking powder and sugar and in an hour’s time, you will have the bread ready. So next time you feel bad for not having bananas to make banana bread, make this cornbread instead. You will not regret it.

 

 Easy to Make Moist and Delicious Cornbread Recipe

What you will need:

1 C. Corn/maize flour
2 C. Wheat flour
1 1/3 C. Milk
3 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. Baking powder
1 Egg
1/3 C.Oil
1/2 Tsp. Lemon zest
1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg
Cheese (optional)

Observations

  1. I used yellow maize four. You can use white maize flour as well. 
  2. You can easily double the ingredients to make two loaves.
  3. The bread keeps well in the fridge.

 

Method

  1. Add maize/corn, wheat flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix well. 
  2. Next pour oil and milk in the dry mix. Crack the egg in  and mix well. You can use a whisk to further mix the batter till it is smooth and without flour bubbles. 
  3. Grate some lemon zest and cheese (optional) into the batter and mix well. 
  4. Grease your baking pan with butter/margarine and pour the batter into the pan. Grate some more cheese on top of the batter.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.  The loaf will rise, crack and have a golden yellow exterior when done.

 

This bread is good on its own, with tea or with your favorite stew. I personally like eating it with a rich bean stew like this one.

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