Jamaican Harddough

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Make yourself a comforting and rich loaf of homemade jamaican bread with this harddo recipe.

This lightly sweet loaf is a delicious filling bread perfect for toast and more!

Jamaican Hardough is a great bread recipe for beginner bakers and experienced folks looking for something sure to soothe the soul and fill the stomach at the same time.

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Experience Level: Beginner

This is a fairly basic white bread perfect for the home baker in need of an easy recipe that is also incredibly delicious and sure to please most everyone at the table.

There’s nothing fancy here, the addition of a bit of melted butter is the only thing that takes this from plain to extraordinary and is definitely not something that would flummox a beginner.

Optional Egg Wash

The egg wash is what gives the final loaf such a deep golden top crust. It is completely optional. If you skip it, the loaf will not be so dark but it won’t change the flavor of the final bread at all.

A golden loaf of white jamaican harddough bread sits on a cloth covered board.


I did test this recipe with all-purpose flour to keep it an easy and accessible recipe for most everyone. Bread flour could most definitely be substituted.

Some whole wheat or other other grain flour could also be substituted for some of the white flour, if desired. Add it slowly as whole grain flours absorb water differently.

If you wanted to keep it vegan or dairy-free, use vegetable oil instead of the butter. The flavor and creaminess will change slightly but you will still have a delicious yeast bread as a final product. I don’t recommend skipping the fat completely in this recipe.

How to Serve

Honestly, don’t get fancy. Serve this homemade bread like your great grandmother would.

Slice hardo bread thick and eat it alongside homemade soups.

Slices of white bread sit on a board with remaining loaf siting on a cloth behind them.

Toast it and spread with homemade jam for breakfast.

Use it for homemade french toast.

Pack it as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch.

How to Store

Let the baked loaf cool to room temperature before storing a bread box or other airtight container. The loaf should stay fresh for about 4 days this way.

For longer term storage, wrapped the cooled loaf in plastic wrap and freeze. Or slice and place the slices into a freezer bag and freeze.

Use up frozen bread within 6 months for best flavor. Let frozen bread thaw on the counter prior to serving.

Slices of white bread sit on a board with remaining loaf siting on a cloth behind them.

Jamaican Hardough Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 Loaf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Make Jamaican Harddough bread for an easy side dish or for breakfast toast that is full of comforting flavor.


  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Salted Butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 1/2 Cups Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour

Optional Egg Wash

  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon Water


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, yeast, and warm water. Let sit until foamy, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add 1 Cup of flour and melted butter. Stir just to combine. Add the salt and remaining flour.
  3. Mix with wooden spoon until everything comes together.
  4. Alternatively, use the bowl of stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. The dough will be ready when it cleans the sides of the bowl.
  5. Turn out to a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic.
  6. Place dough into a large greased bowl, turning to coat.
  7. Cover the bowl with a dry towel and let rise until doubled, 45 minutes to 1 hour, in a warm area.
  8. Grease a loaf pan.
  9. Punch dough down to deflate. Turn the dough out to a floured work surface and knead slightly.
  10. Using your finger tips flatten the dough slightly into a rectangular shape about 1/2 inch thick (more or less won't matter).
  11. Roll that sheet up into a loaf shape. Transfer dough into the greased loaf pan, seam side down.
  12. Cover the pan with a towel and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  13. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  14. Make the Egg Wash by beating together the egg and water until thoroughly combined.
  15. Gently brush the egg wash over the risen dough.
  16. Bake the loaf in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, the top will be golden brown and the loaf will sound hollow when tapped with a knuckle.
  17. Remove from the pan immediately to cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 151mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

I try but cannot guarantee this nutritional information is 100% accurate.

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