Haitian Wheat Bread


One of my favorite things growing up was warm Haitian bread dipped in hot chocolate. It's not easy to find outside of New York or Florida, so this is my own taste of home.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 7 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 47 mins
9 rolls


  • ¾ cup warm water

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • ¾ teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 1 ⅓ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 3 tablespoons shortening

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided


  1. Stir water and brown sugar together in a small bowl. Sprinkle yeast evenly over the surface. Cover with a clean cloth and let stand until yeast softens and forms a creamy foam, about 7 minutes.

  2. Mix all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, shortening, and salt together in a large bowl until shortening is thoroughly incorporated. Pour in yeast mixture; mix with your hands or a wooden spoon until dough comes together.

  3. Dust a flat work surface with flour. Knead dough until smooth and holding its shape.

  4. Lightly grease a large bowl with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Add dough; turn to coat with oil. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise until doubled, about 35 minutes.

  5. Gently punch down dough to deflate. Dust your work surface with more flour. Roll dough out until it is 1/3-inch thick. Fold in half and roll out again. Repeat this process 4 times.

  6. Fill a large baking pan with 1 inch water and place it on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  7. Lightly grease a jelly roll pan with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Cut dough into 9 pieces and place on the greased pan. Cover with a clean, damp cloth; let rise until puffy, about 25 minutes.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven above the water until browned on top, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Authentic Haitian bread does not use whole wheat flour, but I had to get some fiber in there.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
6g Fat
27g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Sodium 261mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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