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.

JA loaf of baked hard dough bread with some slices on a cutting board

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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.

A box of the yeast I used to make the bread

You do not need a mixer to make this bread. 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.

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

I have been able to always be successful using this brand of yeast. But you can use whatever yeast you are accustomed to.

Expect a firm, heavier bread. 

The uncooked dough rolled up and showing the tightness of the roll

What is hard dough bread?

Hard dough bread is authentic to Jamaica almost as much as "jerk" is. 

It's not a bread that is popular in any other island if I recall. 

It's a little firm on the outside, and the inside is a nice soft, tender dough. 

It’s perfect to use to make sandwiches, but I especially love using it with jerk.

It’s also great on it’s own.

Hard dough bread sliced  on a cutting board to show the inside of the bread

What do you eat hardo bread with?


No really, because it’s a sandwich loaf you can use it for anything.

It's great with cheese, or butter or jam or with ham to make sandwiches. 

You also get it with jerk chicken boxes, to sap up the sauce. 

Or even with your breakfast of some ackee and saltfish.

Storage and freezing

This recipe yields one loaf but it can be easily doubled. You might as well double it now.

Once baked, store the loaf in a bag for up to 5 days outside on the counter, but should be transferred to the fridge after to extend use.

You can also freeze. You have two options to freeze. You can freeze the dough mixture not baked or freeze after baking.

If you are freezing just the mixed dough. After mixing, I double wrap in plastic wrap then place in a ziploc bag and freeze.

When I am ready to use it, I take it out and get the dough to room temperature making sure all ice is gone.

I then put it in my loaf tin and bake as instructed.

If you decided to freeze after baking. Get the loaf to cool. Then slice it a little thicker than you would normally do. Add to a loaf bag or ziploc bag and put the freeze.

Make sure no air is in there so it turns to ice.

This option works great if you are a single or small family. You can then take out either one slice or a few. Get it to room temperature and it’s ready to use.

A loaf of hard dough bread straight out the oven sitting on a cutting board

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.