Jamaican Hard Dough Bread: A Deliciously Traditional Treat

If your taste buds are tantalized by the flavor of Caribbean classics, you must try Jamaican Hard Dough Bread. This aromatic and scrumptious bread is an integral part of Jamaica’s culinary heritage and is guaranteed to bring a burst of island flavor to any meal.

In some ways, the making of Jamaican Hard Dough Bread is reminiscent of classic French brioche: a light, fluffy texture with a crisp, golden exterior. The difference is that this bread is made with a combination of all-purpose flour, bread flour, sugar, instant yeast, and butter, as opposed to the traditional French brioche recipe which calls for a combination of butter, eggs and flour.


– 2 ¼ cups All purpose flour
– 2 ¼ cups Bread flour
– ¼ cup granulated sugar
– 2 teaspoons instant yeast
– 1 ½ teaspoons salt
– 1¼ cups warm water
– 1 tablespoon melted butter


1. In a large bowl, combine the all purpose flour, bread flour, sugar, instant yeast and salt.

2. Add the warm water and melted butter to the flour mixture and stir until all the ingredients are combined.

3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 8-10 minutes.

4. Once the dough has been kneaded, shape it into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rise for approximately 1 hour.

5. Once the dough has risen, punch it down, form it into a loaf shape, and place it in a greased loaf pan.

6. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake the bread for 30-35 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown.

7. Remove from the oven and brush the top of the bread with melted butter. Let the bread cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy this traditional Jamaican treat and savor the distinctive flavor and texture of Hard Dough Bread. The flavors and aroma are sure to evoke a feeling of home, wherever you are.

If you loved this recipe, you may also enjoy other Jamaican classics like Jamaican Steamed Bun, Jamaican Coconut Bread, or Jamaican Rice and Peas. All of these are sure to transport you to the islands.