Immerse yourself in the rich culinary heritage of Ethiopia with our traditional Dabo bread. Baked to perfection using time-honored techniques and premium ingredients, our Dabo bread captures the essence of Ethiopian cuisine in every bite. Its soft texture and subtly sweet flavor make it the perfect accompaniment to any meal or a delightful treat on its own. Experience the warmth and hospitality of Ethiopia with each slice of our freshly baked Dabo bread.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey (for brushing)


Activate the yeast: In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until foamy.

Mix dry ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and optional spices (cardamom, nutmeg, cloves).

Combine wet ingredients: Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the yeast mixture and vegetable oil. Stir until a dough forms.

Knead the dough: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.

First rise: Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.

Shape the dough: After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into smaller portions for shaping. You can shape them into rounds, braids, or any desired shape.

Second rise: Place the shaped dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover them with a kitchen towel, and let them rise again for about 30-45 minutes.

Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Bake the Dabo: Once the dough has risen for the second time, bake it in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Brush with honey: Remove the Dabo bread from the oven and immediately brush the tops with honey for added sweetness and shine.

Cool and serve: Allow the Dabo bread to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy it warm as a snack or dessert, with tea or coffee.

Store: Store any leftover Dabo bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. Reheat before serving if desired.

Note: Dabo bread can be customized by adding ingredients like raisins, nuts, or spices to the dough for extra flavor variations. Adjust sweetness according to your preference by adding more or less sugar and honey.

Nutritional Values:

Here are the approximate nutritional values for the main ingredients in the recipe per 100 grams:

All-purpose flour:

  • Calories: 364 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 76.31 g
  • Protein: 10.33 g
  • Fat: 1.05 g
  • Fiber: 2.7 g

benefits:Provides carbohydrates for energy, as well as small amounts of protein and essential nutrients like iron and B vitamins.


  • Calories: 387 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 99.98 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g

benefits:Adds sweetness and flavor. However, it's a source of empty calories and should be consumed in moderation.

Active dry yeast:

  • Calories: 105 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 14.84 g
  • Protein: 12.4 g
  • Fat: 1.9 g
  • Fiber: 0 g

benefits:Contains B vitamins, particularly B6 and niacin, along with protein and minerals like selenium and zinc. It's also a source of dietary fiber.


  • Sodium: 38758 mg (Note: This is a high estimate. Actual salt content in the recipe will be much lower as you won't use 100g of salt. It's used in very small quantities for flavoring.)

benefits:Helps enhance flavor and regulates fluid balance in the body. However, excessive salt intake should be avoided due to its association with high blood pressure and other health issues.

Vegetable oil:

  • Calories: 884 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Fat: 100 g
  • Fiber: 0 g

benefits:Provides healthy fats, particularly unsaturated fats, which are important for heart health and nutrient absorption. It also adds moisture to the dough.


  • Calories: 304 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 82.4 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g

benefits:Contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties. It's a natural sweetener that provides energy and may have various health benefits, including soothing a sore throat and supporting wound healing. However, it's high in calories and should be consumed in moderation.

Nutritional values may vary based on brands and specific types of ingredients used. It's essential to check the nutritional information on the packaging of the products you use for precise values. Additionally, the nutritional values provided here are approximate estimates and may not be exact.


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