Easy Jamaican Hard Dough Bread

November 9, 2016
A popular Jamaican delicacy, this bread is firm on the outside, dense and tender on the inside. 

With a slightly sweeter hint than other bread, it's perfect for sandwiches that require a firm base.

Jamaican Hard Dough Bread

In this post I'll be showing you how to make this amazing bread and will be introducing you to another easy sandwich bread that is popular in other parts of the Caribbean.

Well, well, look at me making bread and being so happy about it.

Every week I go to the grocery I grab a loaf of hard dough bread and a loaf of potato bread. Before I could turn around, for sure the hard dough is done.

Where de bread went?

This firm, slightly sweet bread is a heavy bread that is perfect for making sandwiches.

You know those nice turkey sandwiches, with cheese and lettuce and tomato. Yum!!

Or paired with some jerk chicken to sap up the sauce.

This may not be the exact replica of the authentic bread, it comes pretty close.

I must say I am especially proud that my bread journey has come to the point where I'm happy to bake.

If you remember when I made the Orange Currant Bread I was gloating about this new yeast my mom sent me after I cried so many times about failed baking.

It was a winner.

So now I've started baking up a storm with yeast.

All my failed recipes are now working amazingly. I think I also learned some patience too.

This bread is pretty easy to make. You do not have to have a mixer to make it. You will have to put a little hand work in, though.

I've heard a few people say that kneading is so therapeutic for them and I would just shake my head and roll my eyes.

After having to knead this bread with my hands, hello. All stress was pushed into that bread.

Jamaican Hard Dough Bread rolled dough

As I mentioned yeast is used, and I've become very much loyal to this Saf instant yeast.

The only thing is that my mom sent boxes for me from Tobago and I can't seem to find it here in Florida and online the box doesn't look the same.

Expect a firm, heavier bread. .

Hard dough bread is authentic to Jamaica almost as much as "jerk" is. It's not a bread that I had in TnT and not much other islands speak about this bread.

Recipe for Jamaican Hard Dough Bread

It's a little firm on the outside, and the inside is such a nice firm but tender loaf.

How to make Jamaican Hard dough Bread

Now if only I can get my slicing of bread to be perfect.

Guess I can work on this next.

if you are looking for another sandwich bread that is smooth and buttery then check out my Caribbean Butter Loaf recipe

And also some other Caribbean bread recipes I have :

Trinidad Hops Bread
Coconut Bake
Strawberry Banana Bread
Sweet Bread

Bread, Hard dough bread, hard do bread,
Caribbean, Jamaican
Yield: Makes 1 loaf



prep time: 1 hourcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 1 H & 35 M
An easy recipe for Jamaican hard dough ("hard-do") bread that is almost a sweeter version of a pullman bread. Great for sandwiches




  1. Set oven to 350 degrees while dough is covered and resting
  2. Mix flour, yeast, sugar, and salt together
  3. Slice up butter into small pieces and rub with fingers into flour mix (better if you have a dough blender)
  4. Gradually add water to mixture till incorporated
  5. Knead dough till mixture is like elastic (about 10 minutes)
  6. In a greased bowl, add dough and cover with a damp towel for approx 45 minutes
  7. Take dough out of the bowl and punch down the mixture
  8. With a rolling pin, on a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into as close to a rectangle as possible.
  9. Then tightly roll the dough up and place in greased baking pan (if the roll is a little longer than the pan, push in ends of the roll to shorten roll)
  10. Leave in pan to sit for 30 minutes
  11. Beat egg white and brush bread with beaten egg
  12. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until bread is brown in color

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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.