Bake Yourself a Slice of Caribbean Sunshine with Trinidad Bread

Are you ready to bring the bright flavors of the Caribbean to your kitchen? Let’s make Trinidad bread—it’s a traditional dish with plenty of originality and tantalizing tastes.

This recipe has a deep history spanning back centuries and working its way through generations of culture and cuisine. In a way, it’s a reflection of the beauty and diversity of the Caribbean culture. The best part — all of that tastes delicious, too!


  • 3-4 cups White all-purpose flour (1 cup for kneading, the rest for flouring the board)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons Active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil or Solid shortening
  • 1-1½ cup Hot water (115ºF or 46ºC)
  • Cornmeal for dusting


  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir until the yeast, sugar and salt are dissolved.
  2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the oil and the hot water.
  3. Mix and knead the dough until it is stretchy and elastic.
  4. Shape into a round, flatten it slightly and check for how soft or firm it feels to you.
  5. Place on a board sprinkled with flour, cornmeal or rice flour and allow to rise for about 1 hour in a warm place.
  6. Cut a slash through the top with a sharp knife and place in the oven preheated to 400°F (200°C).
  7. After 30 minutes turn the bread on its side and bake for another 30 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool.

Trinidad bread is perfect as a side dish, with butter or just toasted and enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee. It’s great for that special occasion or just to make any day extra special. The golden brown color, the warm and inviting aroma of freshly-baked bread and the soft and fluffy texture all definitely come together for a truly unique and delicious experience.

Trinidad bread is very similar to Indian parathas and Latin American tortillas but with a distinct flavor from the use of dark brown sugar that adds just a hint of sweetness balanced with the salt. It’s a great way to get creative with a traditional recipe and introduce something new and exciting to your recipe repertoire.

So why not unearth the flavors of the Caribbean and bring a little sunshine to your kitchen? Give this delightful Trinidad bread a try and let us know what you think!