How to make jamaican hard dough bread

Updated February 21, 2017

Hard dough bread was introduced to the Jamaicans by the Chinese and is now a staple in Jamaican homes. Hard dough bread is similar to a Pullman loaf. It is a great bread for spreads such as butter or jam. Jamaican hard dough bread can be stored in the freezer and still retain its freshness. However, storing it in the refrigerator will actually cause the bread to go stale faster.

Pour 1 pint warm water into a large bowl. Add yeast and 1 tsp granulated sugar. Let the yeast dissolve in the water for 10 minutes.

Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Add the yeast mixture and another ¾ cup warm water to the bowl. Mix well to create a pliable dough.

Knead the dough heartily. You can do this by hand or use an electric mixer equipped with a dough hook.

Clover the dough with a damp cloth. Place the dough in a warm place of at least 25 degrees C. Let the dough sit for 1½ hours.

Knead the dough. Punch the dough and be rough with it. You want to mix the dough and the flour completely.

Shape the dough into loaves. Place in two 9-inch-by-5-inch greased loaf pans. Leave the dough to rise for 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 177 degrees C.

Brush the tops of the loaves with a thin layer of milk.

Bake for 35 minutes. The tops will be a golden brown when the bread is finished.


Store your Jamaican hard dough bread in airtight bags.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 ½ lbs. all-purpose flour
  • ½ oz. fresh yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 large bowls
  • Sifter
  • Electric mixer with dough hook (optional)
  • 2 greased 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pans
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Launie Sorrels is a veteran who has worked as a chef and has more than two decades of martial arts training. His writing has developed from his experience as a quality assurance manager for Microsoft and IBM. Sorrels has a degree in computer science and is currently working on his journalism degree.