Jamaican Bread Recipe
PLUS Where To Buy Local Breads
by Nemonie Cassells
I don’t care what anyone says… Jamaican bakeries make the best breads EVER! Sorry call me biased, but I love my Jamaican bread!
To hear a J’can say something very special to them is their “bread and butter”, is no idle talk :-)
Breads sells in every 'nook and cranny' of Jamaica! And I tell you, each parish will brag that a particular bakery in their parish bakes the best bread!
There are also “bread-men” who sell hot breads on the street corners too!
The Best Breads In Jamaica?
Where can you get the best breads locally? The list can be extensive, but here are the most popular in the two major cities in JA.
In Montego Bay where I live, there are a few bakeries whose breads people live by. depending on who you are of your taste, I’m sure you can have a strong debate over which bakery makes the best hard-dough bread in Montego Bay.
- Time and Patience Bakery
6 Barnett Ln. Montego Bay
44 Railway Ln. Montego Bay, St. James
This is probable the most popular bakery in Montego Bay… for bread at least. Their breads sell hot on the streets at almost any time of the day. There is nothing better than two slices of hot Time and Patience bread and butter…hmmm…
- Golden Delight Bakery
25 Dudley Kassin Dr.
Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica
Tel: 1-876-979-0237 or 1-876-940-4094
Now this bakery I hold dear to my heart, mainly because I lived walking distance away from it when I was a little girl!I remember going directly around the back where they did all the baking to get bread instead of the store at the front. Even today I believe they have the best bread in Montego Bay!
- National Bakery
43 Half Way Tree
Probably the most popular bread in Jamaica. There breads sell in every supermarket and even have distribution centers outside of Jamaica, like London and the U.S.
I personally buy their hard-dough sliced bread because is soft and tasty. Because its so delicious, bread don’t last very long at my home! Even their wheat breads are tasty… they are sure doing something right!
- The Captain’s Bakery
100 Orange Street,
This Bakery is not unique to Kingston only. As a matter of fact The Captain’s Bakeries can be found all over the Island. It is one of the popular go to places for breads where ever one is located.
If someone tells you “Yuh foot big like Captain Bread (Your feet are as big as a Captain’s Bread)” trust me, they are insulting your feet, especially if you’re a woman, because The Captain’s bread is HUGE!
Needless to say, they are delicious and nice to eat with escoveitch fish and a nice cold Red Stripe beer!
I personal have never made bread before, so unfortunately I cannot give you MY recipe. I will however share with you a very simple recipe for delicious Jamaican hard dough bread from our own Grace Foods (below).
Best Jamaican Bread Recipe
- 1 pound(s) baking flour
- 2 teaspoon(s) instant dry yeast
- 2 tablespoon(s) sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 3 tablespoon(s) Grace Prima Margarine
- 1 cup(s) cold water
- Mix together the baking flour and the instant dry yeast; mix in the sugar and salt.
- Using a dough blender or the finger tips, work Grace Prima Margarine into the flour mixture.
- Gradually add icy-cold water and mix well.
- Place dough on a lightly floured board and knead for 10-15 minutes or until dough becomes elastic.
- Place dough in a large bowl that has been greased.
- Use hand to rotate the dough inside to bowl to ensure the surface of the dough is greased.
- Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, then place on the kitchen counter and leave to ferment for 45 minutes.
- Deflate/punch down dough in order to get rid of excess carbon dioxide gas.
- Use rolling pin to roll out dough to a rectangular shape.
- Use hands to roll up the dough as tightly as possible, ensuring that the corners are folded inwardly (forming a "log" shape).
- Place in a greased loaf pan (12x6x3) and allow to proof for 35 minutes .
- Brush with egg wash.
- Place in a pre-heated oven and bake at 180°C/350°F, until done or until the bread eases away from the sides of pan.
- Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Method Note: Egg Wash - Whisk together 1 egg and 1 ounce of water and use as directed.
Deflate/Punch Down - To deflate a fully risen dough by using hand to press down the centre of the dough to force air out.
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