How to Make the Perfect Ugandan Mandazi

Lemon zest flavored Mandazi recipe that is sure to guarantee you amazing mandazi every single time!

Guys, you know that my love for mandazi is unrivaled. In fact, if I had not named this blog A Kitchen in Uganda, I would have gone with mandaziloveaffair or something around those lines. Yes, that love is real and so here I am, again, with another Mandazi recipe. I have shared Mandazi here  and here before but never a classic mandazi recipe. You know the one with the trusty lemon zest for flavoring. Mandazi are life savers and are not celebrated enough to be honest! I cannot recall the number of times I have had a pack of Mandazi on me for emergency situations while running errands in Kampala. Tell me, can you make Mandazi without looking at a recipe? This recipe is sure to guarantee you amazing mandazi every single time.

What you will need:

4 C. All purpose flour

1/4 C. Flour for flouring the surface and rolling dough

8 Tbsp. Sugar

2 C. Water

2 Tbsp. Butter/Margarine at room temperature

1 Tsp. Baking powder OR 1/4 Tsp. Baking Soda

1 Tsp. Lemon zest

1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves (optional)

1 Tsp. Vanilla essence

A pinch of salt

Oil for frying

Observations:

  1. The water should be cold.
  2. Make sure your oil is not very hot because this will cause the mandazi to burn before cooking through.
  3. Cloves and lemon zest give the mandazi a warm and citrusy flavor.
  4. If you are using less oil, make sure to flip the mandazi occasionally so the dough is fully cooked through.

Method

  1. In a clean bowl, sift flour and baking powder.
  2. Add salt, cloves, lemon zest and sugar and mix well.
  3. Rub in the butter till the flour becomes coarse.
  4. Mix the vanilla in water. Add water to the flour and mix till a firm dough forms.
  5. Knead the dough for about 2 minutes until it is no longer sticking to your hands. Set aside to rest for ten minutes.
  6. After 10 minutes, flour your surface and roll out the dough to about 1 inch thickness. Cut out rectangular shapes from the dough. OR divide the dough into 10 -12 equal parts and form round-shaped balls.
  7. Place a pan of frying oil on medium heat. Let the oil heat through. Fry the mandazi in batches of 4-5 for about 7 minutes or until risen and golden brown. Makes 10+.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing a modified version of this mandazi in true AKIU fashion. Stay tuned.

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4 Ingredient Avocado Ice Pops

Hassle-free and easy to make 4 ingredient avocado icepops/posicles. Best served as fun treats to cool down.

How convenient is it that it is sweltering and it is also avocado season where I am. This means having frozen treats for days. I have shared multiple avocado recipes here, here here and here in the past but never this one. You need to try it. It is as easy as putting all the ingredients in a blender, blending and pouring the mixture in your mold of choice then freezing. Hassle-free!

 

What you will need:

4 Medium-sized avocados

1 C. Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Tsp. Vanilla essence

2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice/Vinegar

Observations

  1. You can substitute condensed milk for coconut condensed milk to make the recipe vegan.
  2. Since the condensed milk is already sweetened, I am not adding any sugar. If you prefer your ice pops on a much sweeter side, adjust accordingly.
  3. You can use ice pop molds or plastic cups as molds if you do not have this plastic.
  4. You can also freeze the blended mixture in ice cube trays and use it to make smoothies.
  5.   If your blender needs liquid to work, add half a cup of water into the blender before adding the rest of the ingredients. 

Method

  1. Peel the  ripe avocados and cut them into chunks.
  2. Add the avocados in the blender.
  3. Add the milk, vanilla and lemon juice and blend till smooth.
  4. Pour the pureed avocado mixture in your mold of choice.
  5. Freeze overnight before serving

 

Have you tried eating avocado as a sweet?

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Caramelized Carrot Swirl Bread

Caramelized carrot filled sweet swirl bread. Caramelized grated carrots make a delicious filling for bread, sandwiches, cookies and even cake! And not to mention the vibrant color it gives off! This swirl bread will be a crowd pleaser! 

November and December had me in a bread making frenzy mostly because I wanted to try out my new oven so that I can get used to having my bread baked instead of steamed. You can read more about my bread steaming adventures here here and here.  I tried almost every filling that I could get my hands on. Be prepared to see more posts like this in the coming weeks. I have been trying to dry carrots so that I can get a carrot version of coconut flakes. I am far from a real breakthrough but while at it I stumbled upon this accident of where caramelized grated carrots make a delicious filling for bread, sandwiches, cookies and even cake! And not to mention the vibrant color it gives off! This swirl bread will be a crowd pleaser! Trust me.

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

A handful of raisins

Carrot Filling

3 C. Carrots, grated

2 C. Water

1 Lemon

1 C. Sugar

1 Tsp. Allspice

1 Tsp. Lemon zest

1 Tbsp. Margarine

1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract

 

Observations:

  1. Because the margarine I used is salted, you do not need to add a pinch of salt to your carrot filling. If you are using unsalted margarine, add a pinch of salt to your carrot filling.
  2. Carrots when let out in the open tend to change color (oxidize). Cut the lemon in half and use one half to sprinkle them as you grate.
  3.  This recipe is vegan friendly since you can substitute dairy milk for either coconut milk or any plant-based milk.
  4. It is advisable to make the carrot filling the day before.
  5. Remember you will not need to use all the two cups of milk so pour it in the flour gradually to avoid the dough from becoming too soggy.

Method

Bread dough

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, yeast raisins) 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

Carrot Filling

  1. While the dough is rising, place a clean pan on high fire. Add the 2 cups of water and sugar into the pan. Stir well until all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the grated carrot, juice of the other lemon half, lemon zest, allspice, vanilla and margarine and stir well
  3. Let the carrot mixture come to a boil. After it boils for about 5 minutes, reduce the fire to low. Cover the pan and let the carrot simmer over low heat until all the water has reduced.
  4. When the carrot is translucent and the water has reduced down to a syrup (this may take up to an hour), remove from fire and set aside to cool.

Swirl Bread

  1. When the dough has risen, punch it down and gently knead it till it is smooth and non sticky.
  2. Sprinkle enough flour on a flat surface and spread the dough out. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough till it is about half an inch in thickness.
  3. Get the cooled caramelized carrot filling and add spread it on the dough evenly.
  4. Roll the dough into a large log making sure the filling does not spill out.
  5. Slightly flatten the log with your hands and then cut it in half lengthwise.
  6. Grease your baking sheet/paper. Gently roll one half of the dough into a swirl going outwards. Add the other half of the dough and continue rolling until you have a large swirl bread. Let the bread rise for another 15 minutes.
  7. While the bread is rising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  8. Bake your bread (after 15 minutes of rising) for 45 minutes
  9. Remove the bread from the oven and serve hot with a cup of tea/ milk/ coffee

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