Delicious & Nutritious Stove Top Muffins Recipe

Are you in the mood for something warm, soft, and delectable? Look no further than Diphaphata, a stove-top muffin recipe hailing from Botswana.

This simple yet savory flatbread is made using minimum ingredients yet results in a soft, dense, and chewy treat that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or as a side dish for dinner. One bite of this flavorful bread will transport you to the heart of Africa.

Whether you’re a pro-baker or just starting, diphaphata is an easy-to-make treat that will impress your taste buds and your guests. So heat up your skillet, grab your flour and sugar, and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Diphaphata (Stove Top Muffins)
Diphaphata (Stove Top Muffins)

Are you tired of eating the same old boring muffins day after day? Well, let me introduce you to a recipe that will change your mind about muffins forever! I’m talking about Diphaphata – the stove top muffins that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

What makes this recipe so special, you ask? For starters, it requires only a handful of simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Flour, baking powder, sugar, milk – that’s all you need. No yeast. No complicated instructions. Just a few steps and you’ll have fresh, warm muffins in no time.

The best part? Diphaphata is a versatile recipe that can be adapted to any occasion. Want to make breakfast more exciting? Serve Diphaphata with scrambled eggs or fresh fruit. Need a quick snack for your afternoon break? Grab a muffin and enjoy it with tea or coffee. Hosting a party or a BBQ? Use Diphaphata as a base for stuffing or turn it into finger sandwiches.

But don’t just take my word for it. Diphaphata is an authentic recipe from Botswana, where it’s been enjoyed for generations. It’s known as Xaxaba (or phaphatha) and it’s an essential part of the traditional cuisine. It’s soft and dense, yet chewy, and it pairs perfectly with spicy sauces or savory dips.

In fact, Diphaphata has become so popular that variations of the recipe are now being shared all over the world. From English muffins to flatbread, the possibilities are endless. And when it comes to vegetarian recipes, Diphaphata is one of the best stove top options out there.

So if you’re looking for an easy-to-make, delicious and versatile recipe that will impress your family and friends, look no further than Diphaphata – the stove top muffins that will elevate your cooking game to new heights.

Ingredient List

 Hot and fresh off the griddle: Diphaphata muffins!
Hot and fresh off the griddle: Diphaphata muffins!

Get Ready for a Minimal and Satisfying Ingredient List

Get ready to bake some delicious diphaphata stove top muffins with the use of minimum ingredients. In fact, you only need to get your hands on 4 cups of flour, 1 pinch of salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 cup of milk. Use any type of milk that suits your taste: freshly squeezed cow’s milk, plant-based milk or simply just water. A choice of water will still make the muffins soft and dense but we suggest using milk to add a bit more flavor.

Optional Ingredients

For those looking for an extra punch of sweetness or variety, 1 cup of sugar can be added to the dry mixture for a more traditional taste. If spices are your thing, try adding in some cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice to the dry mixture (although these are not included in the classic recipe).

With this minimalist ingredient approach, you’ll have a batch of diphaphata stove top muffins done using minimum ingredients in no time!

The Recipe How-To

 Simple, speedy and mouthwatering stove top muffins.
Simple, speedy and mouthwatering stove top muffins.

Now that you got yourself excited with these Diphaphata Stove Top Muffins, let’s get the ball rolling! This easy and delicious recipe is sure to impress even the pickiest eaters. In this section, I’ll guide you through the steps to baking these muffins with ease.


  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Water (as needed)
  • Extra flour for dusting

Before we start mixing, it’s important to note that adding too much water can make the mixture too thin, resulting in flat muffins. On the other hand, not enough water will cause dry muffins. The key is to add water gradually as needed.

Dough mixing

  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  2. Gradually add the milk into the mixture and knead into dough.

  3. If your dough feels too dry or crumbly, gradually add water as needed until a firm but supple dough is formed.

  4. Knead and roll out your dough on a floured surface until its about 1/4 inch thick.

  5. Cut thick rounds roughly two inches wide or use a cookie cutter.

Cooking Diphaphata

  1. On low-medium heat, preheat a flat pan or skillet.

  2. Once heated up, place each cut-out onto the pan ensuring there is some spacing between them.

  3. Allow it to cook for about a minute on one side until the surface has formed light brown spots.

  4. Flip each diphaphata over and allow it to cook through.

  5. Brush each diphaphata with butter or olive oil immediately after removing from heat and serve hot!

As simple as that! You’re now equipped with all the knowledge required to make delicious Diphaphata Stove Top Muffins at home like an expert baker 🙂

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for a quick and easy breakfast on-the-go.
Perfect for a quick and easy breakfast on-the-go.

Now, let’s get creative with some substitutions and variations on this delectable recipe!

First off, for a gluten-free option, feel free to use a gluten-free flour blend in place of regular all-purpose flour. It may affect the texture a bit but it will still be delicious.

For a sweeter muffin, try adding in some dried fruit like raisins or cranberries, or even some chocolate chips if you’re feeling indulgent.

If you’re looking to spice things up, consider adding in some chopped jalapenos or other spicy peppers to give your muffins a kick. Just make sure to adjust your amount based on your personal spice tolerance.

For a savory twist, try mixing in some herbs like rosemary, thyme or sage to create herb-infused muffins that would be perfect alongside a bowl of soup or stew.

And why not experiment with different types of milk? Coconut milk or almond milk could add an interesting nutty flavor to the muffins.

Finally, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try cutting the muffins open and using them as a base for sandwich ingredients like bacon and eggs for breakfast or turkey and veggies for lunch!

With these substitutions and variations, you can make this recipe truly yours and enjoy it in new and exciting ways every time.

Serving and Pairing

 Piping hot and ready in less than 20 minutes!
Piping hot and ready in less than 20 minutes!

When it comes to serving your freshly baked diphaphata stove top muffins, the options are endless. These soft yet dense, chewy yet fluffy flatbreads can be enjoyed in so many ways.

For breakfast or brunch, I suggest serving them warm with some butter or jam on the side. You can also try slicing them in half and making a delicious breakfast sandwich stuffed with cheese, eggs, bacon or any meat or vegetables of your choice.

If you’re looking for a unique appetizer for your next gathering or game night, diphaphata stove top muffins make perfect mini flatbreads! Top them off with some hummus, tzatziki sauce or your favorite dip along with some veggies for a crowd-pleasing snack.

For lunch or dinner, serve the diphaphata as a side dish to your favorite curry, soup, stew or salad. You can even use them as a base for homemade pizza! Simply add your toppings of choice and pop them back on the stove top until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

These versatile little muffins also pair well with anything grilled, smoked or barbecued. The dough for these muffins does not contain yeast and the recipe uses minimum ingredients – this makes them ideal for camping trips and outdoor picnics!

In conclusion, whether eaten alone as a snack, served as an appetizer, paired with mains or used as sandwich bread, the diphaphata stove top muffins offer endless possibilities to satisfy your cravings. So go ahead and get creative – the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect recipe for a lazy weekend brunch.
The perfect recipe for a lazy weekend brunch.

There’s nothing better than having fresh, hot muffins straight from the oven, but sometimes life happens, and we need to make them ahead of time. Fortunately, these Diphaphata (Stove Top Muffins) are a great make-ahead option!

To make-ahead: Simply prepare the dough according to the recipe instructions, cover it in plastic wrap, and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, you can easily cook them on the stovetop for a quick breakfast or snack anytime during the day.

When it comes to storing these muffins, they can be kept at room temperature for up to two days. If you want them to last longer, I recommend storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. When ready to eat, let them come to room temperature before reheating.

Speaking of reheating, these Diphaphata muffins are just as delicious when reheated as they were fresh out of the pan. To reheat, simply pop them in the toaster or heat them on the stovetop with a little bit of butter until they’re warm and crispy.

Regardless of how you choose to store or reheat your Diphaphata muffins, they will always have that soft but dense chewy texture that makes them irresistible. So go ahead and plan ahead with confidence knowing that your next batch of muffins will still taste amazing hours later!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A puffier and airier alternative to traditional muffins.
A puffier and airier alternative to traditional muffins.

Baking is a precise science, and even the slightest variation in ingredients can make a big difference in the outcome of your diphaphata stove top muffins. Here are some tips to ensure perfect results every time.

First, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before starting. Room temperature ingredients combine more easily, and will give you a better texture and rise. If you forget to take your milk out of the fridge ahead of time, you can simply warm it up gently on the stove or in the microwave until it comes to room temperature.

Next, be sure to sift your dry ingredients together before adding them to the wet mixture. This helps distribute the baking powder evenly throughout the flour, which will ensure that your muffins rise properly.

Pay attention to the thickness of your batter as you mix. Your batter should be thick enough to drop off a spoon in clumps, but not so thick that it’s difficult to stir. If it’s too thick, add a bit more milk or water–just a tablespoon at a time–until it reaches the right consistency.

When cooking on the stove top, be patient and use medium-low heat. If you rush things by turning up the heat, your muffins may cook unevenly and burn on the outside while remaining raw on the inside.

Finally, if you’re making stuffing muffins, consider adding some extra herbs or spices for added flavor. Sage is a popular choice for traditional stuffing flavors, or you could mix things up with some chopped rosemary or thyme.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to soft, dense, chewy diphaphata stove top muffins that are sure to impress!

Bottom Line

Now that you have the recipe for the delicious Diphaphata (Stove Top Muffins), it’s time for you to gather all the ingredients and head to the kitchen! You will not be disappointed, trust me.

This recipe shows that a little bit of creativity goes a long way. By using only a few basic ingredients, you can create something truly special. The soft, dense, and chewy texture combined with the flavors of milk and Sage stuffing will make this recipe your new go-to.

Moreover, with no yeast required, it’s easy to make anytime. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced cook, you’ll love how simple this recipe is.

So go ahead, try out this Botswana favorite and impress everyone at home. With these easy-to-follow steps, you’ll be done in no time. And when it comes to serving and pairing, feel free to experiment – there are no rules here!

In conclusion, the Diphaphata (Stove Top Muffins) is not just a delicious flatbread; it’s a symbol of Botswana’s flavorful cuisine. So make sure to give it a place in your cookbook and provide yourself an opportunity to taste the unique culinary scene of Botswana without leaving your kitchen.

Diphaphata (Stove Top Muffins)

Diphaphata (Stove Top Muffins) Recipe

This recipe is from "Extending the Table: Recipes and Stories from Argentina to Zambia". This particular recipe is from Botswana. Typically diphaphata (pronounced dee-pah-PAH-tah) is made with yeast, but this baking powder method is also common. I really liked the taste of these muffins. They taste like a cross between biscuits, English muffins, and a chewy bread. The recipe is presented as written in the cookbook, with my (notes) after having made a batch.
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Course: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: South African
Keyword: < 60 Mins, African, Breads, Easy, Inexpensive, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Lunch, Stove Top, Very Low Carbs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 muffins
Calories: 504.5kcal


  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup milk (I used a bit more) or 1 cup water (I used a bit more)


  • Knead everything together to a rollable dough. (The dough will be very stiff. You might have to add some more liquid to get your dough to come together. I ended up using 2/3 cup milk for a half batch.).
  • Flatten with hands or rolling pin. (Get the rolling pin. I'm telling you this stuff is STIFF!).
  • Cut into 3-4 inch circles. (No, it doesn't say how flat to roll it. I made mine about 1/4 " thick. You don't want it to be too thick, or the center won't get cooked.).
  • Place heavy frypan over low heat. (I ended up having to turn mine up to medium, medium low.) Sprinkle with flour or spray with cooking spray to keep dough from sticking. Place bread circles in pan and brown on both sides, about 10 minutes each side. (Once I got the temperature right, this was accurate, but on low the circles weren't browning at all even after almost 30 minutes. I was able to get all 5 that I cut from a half batch into my pan at once, and they do not puff sideways, so it is okay to put them right next to each other.).
  • These muffins puffed up to nearly 4 times their original height, with a dense chewy interior. It's a very plainly flavored bread, but it was good.

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Serving: 128g | Calories: 504.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 101.4g | Protein: 14.9g | Fat: 3.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 8.5mg | Sodium: 434.2mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 2.4g

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