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Shared by Beejhy Barhany

Dabo (Ethiopian Bread)

Yield: 1 loafTime: 20 min active + 3 h inactive

Dabo (Ethiopian Bread)

Yield: 1 loafTime: 20 min active + 3 h inactive

Family Journey

Tigray Region, EthiopiaKhartoum, SudanPardes Hana, Israel
AshkelonKibbutz AlumimNew York City

This recipe was shared by Beejhy Barhany. Read more about her family in "The Sacred Ethiopian Bread That Traveled 500 Miles by Foot and Horse" and try her recipes for messer wot (Ethiopian red lentil stew) and gomen (collard greens with garlic and ginger).


  • 1 to 1 ¼ cups warm water, divided
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons (1 packet) dry yeast
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour 
  •  ¼ cup sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 egg
Baking ProjectsBreadsShabbatVegetarianPareve


  • Step 1

    Place ½ cup of warm water into a small bowl, add the yeast and stir. Set aside for 20 minutes until the mixture foams up.

  • Step 2

    Mix the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture, oil, and egg to the dry ingredients and mix well with a spatula. Gradually add ½ cup of warm water to the dough, and knead the dough by hand until it is combined, smooth, and soft, about 3 minutes. If needed to bring the dough together, add up to ¼ cup more water. Knead for about 6 minutes more, until the dough springs back on itself after poking it with your finger. 

  • Step 3

    Apply ½ teaspoon of oil to your hands, and shape the dough into a loose ball.

  • Step 4

    Place the dough into a large bowl and cover it with a towel. Set aside and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour. Knead the dough again by hand for just a moment to release any excess air. Transfer the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Put a towel on top of the dough and let it rise for another 40 minutes or until doubled in size. 

  • Step 5

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

  • Step 6

    Transfer the baking sheet with the proofed dough into the oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapping on it. 

  • Step 7

    Let the dabo cool for 15 to 20 minutes on the baking sheet and serve at room temperature.