hi from Addis Ababa
hello, I'm Sarah, I'm British and live in Ethiopia. I make most of my own bread in the UK, although I'm not an expert by any means, but I'm having issues here so I am hoping someone can help with my very specific enquiry!
No one knows what I'm talking about when I ask if there is any such thing as 'strong' flour - all flour here is called 'plain' and it makes a very cake/ biscuit-like bread - I guess it is quite soft/ low in gluten. Is there by any small chance another bread-making enthusiast on this forum who could tell me a) if it exists here and b) either how to ask for it in Amharic or where to buy it in Addis Ababa?!
Or is there anything you can do with 'plain' flour to help make better bread? Most shop bread is pretty poor and insubstantial, but there is one type of delicious and chewy bread (called ambasha/ himbasha) - I don't know if they have a different kind of flour (people I have asked said no) or what they do to make it a better texture - any ideas?
thanks for your help!