January 31, 2011

North African Coriander Bread

Don't you love those lazy Sunday afternoons. Lazy Sunday afternoons are a perfect time to make homemade bread. You can spend the whole day lying about, while the yeast does its magic! My lazy Sunday afternoon was spend making North African coriander bread. This recipe has been passed down from my friends mother, and I excited to share it with you.


1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, unsalted
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tsp honey
6 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
2 eggs
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp coriander
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp grated cloves
1 tbsp grated orange peel

In a saucepan, on low heat, warm the milk, butter, and honey until the butter has melted. Remove from heat and let cool. It is important to let the mixture cool before adding to the yeast, because a high temperature will kill the yeast.

In a separate bow, proof the yeast by mixing 1/2 cup warm water and 1/2 tsp of honey. Let the mixture sit until it starts bubbling and foaming.

In a large bowl, or in a stand mixer bowl, combine the yeast mixture, milk and butter mixture, 3 1/2 cups of flour, eggs, salt, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel. Beat for 2 minutes with either the dough hook for a stand mixer or with a wooden spoon. Gradually add 3 more cups of flour.

Once the ingredients are combined, take the dough and knead it on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, approximately 10 minutes. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in size, approximately one hour.

After one hour, punch the dough down and divide into 3 balls. Place the dough onto a baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rise for 10 minutes. Place each dough piece into 3 separate well oiled loaf pans. Brush the tops with melted butter and let rise again for 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F and bake for 35 - 40 minutes, or until top has browned.


  1. hey there did you use coriander seeds or powder?

  2. This looks awesome! I love making my own bread and I was wondering how coriander might taste in a loaf of bread. Earlier today, I started a loaf of the no knead bread and added coriander to it.

    I think I will try your recipe in the next day or so. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks like my old Nirth African Coriander bread recipe. Any chance you could give the name of your friend or friend's mom, as your name is not familiar to me. Am sure it is simply a coincidence!

    1. Hi, I don't feel comfortable giving out her name or address, but of you send me the recipe, and it looks similar, I can site it.

  4. A similar recipe has been used in my family for years - we use it as our holiday bread. It's so aromatic! I like to braid the bread and top it with an egg glaze - yum!

  5. Hi Heather, nice post :)
    Bread looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this cool recipe here. I must try this asap.

    I recently posted an article about growing African / Mexican coriander titled ' Exploring nature...African / Mexican coriander ' on ' Magical present - www.magicalpresent.blogspot.com ', my blog. I would like to know if you have used this type of coriander in your recipe.

    Cool blog, good recipes and great pictures :)