This recipe for Hard Do Bread (hard dough bread) is similar to the one sold in West Indian stores. It's a simple white bread that's just slightly sweet.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

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  • In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the oil, margarine, salt and 1 1/2 cups flour; stir well to combine. Mix in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup 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.

  • Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a loaf. Place the loaf into a lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pan. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

136.1 calories; 3.2 g protein; 25.2 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 108.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (41)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2005
I have lived and loved Jamaican hard-do-bread all my life. I moved from Kingston to Atlanta for college and found it hard to get anything fresh like back-a-yard . Although this recipe was not an exact replica, it was sure the best bread I have had since I have been in the United States. I would recommend that a dish with water be placed in the oven before and during the baking process. This extends the cooking time by 10-15 mins, but gives a soft yet dry finish,which is hard to find in any other bread. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2004
This bread is good in its own right, but I did not find that it resembled hard-do bread, and I am very familiar with hard-do bread since I grew up on it. Instead of the oil and margarine, I used shortening. It also is a bread that has a slightly sweet taste, more so than normal bread, so that is something to be aware off. I liked the bread but it was not what I expected. Read More
(41)
49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2005
I have lived and loved Jamaican hard-do-bread all my life. I moved from Kingston to Atlanta for college and found it hard to get anything fresh like back-a-yard . Although this recipe was not an exact replica, it was sure the best bread I have had since I have been in the United States. I would recommend that a dish with water be placed in the oven before and during the baking process. This extends the cooking time by 10-15 mins, but gives a soft yet dry finish,which is hard to find in any other bread. Read More
(82)
Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2004
This bread is good in its own right, but I did not find that it resembled hard-do bread, and I am very familiar with hard-do bread since I grew up on it. Instead of the oil and margarine, I used shortening. It also is a bread that has a slightly sweet taste, more so than normal bread, so that is something to be aware off. I liked the bread but it was not what I expected. Read More
(41)
Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2003
This bread is delicious. It is a heavier bread which is exactly what I was looking for and just the right sweetness...not too sweet. Thank you!: ) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2007
I don't really have any experience with this type of bread like some of the other reviewers. I have never had it in a restaurant or even heard of it. My older son picked it out for us to make because he liked the name LOL. It is really just a yeast bread that is a tiny bit sweet with a very thick almost tough crust. I guess that is how it is supposed to be...anyway we liked it alot! I hope my pic does it justice like I said I have never had or seen this type of bread. We just followed the recipe and it produced a nice simple white loaf of bread! Thanks for the post we enjoyed! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/11/2003
not my favorite but not too bad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2006
This recipe was very simple and delicious. It's not as hard as the traditional Jamaican "Hard Dough" bread but it equally enjoyable. I went a step further and made them into dinner rolls. Also I like that they stay soft for days. Bread lover-Trinbago/Antigua Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2011
This bread was excellent. I am of Jamaican decent and my aunt always sends me hard do bread from the caribbean shops. While this is not an exact replica the taste is spot on and the consistency is very very close! I will make this recipe MANY more times it is delicious and extremely close to the original. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/18/2006
I really liked this bread. It was very tasty and close to the taste of real hardo bread. Don't expect this bread to come out like the ones in the Jamaican bakery because it will not. It is alot lighter than real hardo bread. Still VERY good though. i almost ate the whole loaf in one sitting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2009
I have this bread over and over again and trust me it tastes like the real thing. This is my most used bread recipe ever!! It's a must try and a keeper!!! Read More
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