Hard dough bread

    2 hours 5 min

    This is the recipe for Jamaican Hard Do Bread (hard dough bread). You'll love this simple white bread that is just slightly sweet. Enjoy this like you would any other white loaf.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 (7g) sachet dried active baking yeast
    • 180ml warm water (45 degrees C)
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon margarine, melted
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 350g plain flour

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:1hr15min rising  ›  Ready in:2hr5min 

    1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the oil, margarine, salt and 200g flour; stir well to combine. Mix in the remaining flour, 50g at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
    3. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a loaf. Place the loaf into a lightly greased 450g loaf tin. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool in pan 5 minutes and then turn out onto rack and cool completely.

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    This so easy and a great result but I do cut corners and after proving the yeast with the sugar in water for 10 minutes, I then add it that to all other ingredients in Kitchenaid bowl and mix with dough hook attachment for 5 minutes before proving as suggested in recipe. I have always had excellent results using this more straightforward method.  -  25 Dec 2012


    thanks so much for this recipe. We struggle to get hard dough bread since we moved out of London and its one of my hubbys favourites. He is a very happy man tonight. I also made this in my kitchenaid which is great for kneading. Thanks again  -  16 Apr 2013


    I've made it 4 X's now. Easy!  -  01 May 2015