Independence Day, and Bread Rolls with sesame

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This is the flag of Ghana. From Wikipedia“The red represents the blood of those who died in the country’s struggle for independence from the United Kingdom, the gold represents the mineral wealth of the country, the green symbolises the country’s rich forests and natural wealth, and the black star is the symbol of African emancipation.”  Very interesting.

Yesterday was March 6, Independence Day for the Republic of Ghana. Congratulations! The Gold Coast region declared independence from the United Kingdom on 6 March 1957 and established the nation of Ghana.
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After a massive electric storm Saturday night, rolling in from the Gulf of Guinea and lighting up the night sky for several hours, the weather is much better. We watched some of the the celebrations on TV, a national parade of school children and security services (by the look of it) at the Black Star Square. Very quiet in our part of town this weekend. We had a friend coming for lunch, so I made these bread rolls with sesame seeds. Electricity is so expensive, and as I was making an apple cake for dessert (following Toad in the Hole for lunch, since our friend wanted traditional British food), I thought I’d bake some crusty bread rolls at the same time, to take advantage of the oven being on.
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Independence Day, and Bread Rolls with sesame

400 ml water
1/2 tsp dry yeast
400 gr white bread flour
100 gr wholewheat bread flour
1 tsp salt

To top: 1/4 cup sesame seeds

Mix ingredients to a smooth dough, cover and leave to rise. This might be 8-10 hours in a cool kitchen; here, it is 33C and humid, so I left it for just three hours and then continued. Tip out dough onto floured countertop, and divide it into two sausages of dough. Cut each sausage into six pieces, and shape into balls (equally sized, round or oval, shapes as you prefer), on a baking tray with baking parchment. Brush with water, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Leave to rise another 15 minutes or so, while you heat oven to 200C, fan assisted.  Bake 25 minutes or so, until they are nicely golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.

Today is a holiday here and I am up in Akosombo, north of Accra. Even hotter here! We are cooling off in shade at a fancy hotel here before heading off to see the Akosombo dam. Reading about crime and dark freezing Norwegian winter in this Jon Nesbo book while sweating in the hot shade seems really strange. Nice to be out of town though, trip report to follow.

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