Our latest culinary discovery, Asempe Kitchen, was our introduction to the world of Ghanaian food (with a vegetarian twist!) Chef Kuukua's mother is known for her Sugar Loaf, a sweetened bread that has roots in Ethiopia. 

Ethiopian-inspired, but Ghanaian influenced, this bread is addictively wonderful. You’ve been warned.

Photo via @asempe_kitchen

Photo via @asempe_kitchen


Makes 5 loaves.


5 c. warm water

2 c. vegetable oil

1 c. pure cane sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp yeast

1 tsp apple pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice)

10-12 c. flour (she recommends the brand 5 Roses)

Add all ingredients, except flour, together in a large mixing bowl. Start adding the flour, slowly. If you add too much flour, you can’t add additional water.  Mix together with your hand in a twisting motion until the consistency is no longer sticky.

Cover the bowl and put into the warmer for 1 ½ hours, until the dough doubles in size.

Once the dough has doubled, roll to remove air bubbles. Place in a greased loaf pan and cover for another hour.

Bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes.