Communal Bread Ovens in the Medina, Marrakech
Moroccan bread or Khobz, is an important part of the country’s cuisine. It’s a flatbread, made with white or wholewheat flour with a thick crust and it’s served at every meal. It is used like a utensil to scoop food and to soak up the delicious tajine sauces. Not all families within the Marrakech Medina (and other cities in Morocco) have ovens so if you wander through the streets in the morning you may see women, or sometimes children, carrying metal trays of dough, biscuits or tajines to the communal bread oven. Every district or neighbourhood has a communal bread oven, a hammam (one male and one female) often alongside the oven to share the heat source, and a mosque. The locals drop off the dough with the baker and for a few dirhams he bakes their bread or biscuits or tajines.
I like to stay in the Medina when I am visiting Marrakech so that I can explore the narrow streets and get a glimpse of local life. These shots are from the communal bread oven near Riad 72 (more about this wonderful Riad in a later post) in Bab Doukkala in the Medina.
Wajid, the baker, with Khobz dough ready for baking.
Making room for more bread.
Flatbread cooling on the tiles and on the racks waiting for collection. Typical Moroccan biscuits ready for collection far right.
Traditionally Moroccans have used exotic, brightly coloured, lidded baskets called tbiqa to store the bread. These hand-woven baskets are made from palm leaf, which is covered in wool in a variety of colour combinations and patterns. You can see our selection of these quirky baskets here.
Moroccan bread baskets