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Bajan Salt Bread Recipe

The majority of breads in Barbados are sweet, therefore this traditional roll, is aptly named salt bread as it is one of the only breads available on the island that isn't too sweet.

The rolls come up quite large, so we recommend that you cut the roll into 4 slices to make smaller sandwiches or when sliced down they are ideal for toasting with melted butter.

You will need the following ingredients:

6 1/2 cups of white flour
2 teaspoons of white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 packs of yeast
2 1/4 cups of warm water


Sift half of the flour and mix with salt and yeast in a large mixing bowl and slowly add warm water, mixing continually until the mixture forms a stiff dough, keep adding more sifted flour until you have a dough stiff enough to knead.

Lightly flour the work surface, and knead dough for 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic, then place in a greased bowl. Now place bowl in a warm place for 40-50 minutes until it has doubled in size. You know dough is ready, when you poke a finger in it and the indentation remains.

Pre hear oven to 425 degrees F or 220 degrees C.

Now divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll each one into a fist size ball and place on a greased baking sheet, now place in a warm place again for a further 40 minutes or again until the dough has doubled in size.

Now place in the centre of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until rolls are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.


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By: ishi
What do you do with the 2 tablespoons of oil..???
Date: Aug 17, 2016

Yes. But when do I add the sugar and the oil?
They left out that part.
Date: Oct 10, 2015

By: Desiree Hood-Gloumeau
The amount of warm water needs to be corrected as it reads 2/14 cups of warm water INSTEAD of 2 1/4 cups.
Date: Sep 22, 2015

By: Brie
Aurora, the leaf is a banana leaf! It's not required but I like to use it.
Date: Aug 5, 2015

By: May
I made this bread last night. I followed directions exactly and baked for 25 mins with preheat at 425. Bread was hard. I will try again at lower temperature and bake for 20 mins instead. Just want to confirm that the oil is just for coating the dough and not to incorporate in recipe.

Date: May 5, 2015

By: Delicia
The oil in the recipe is incorporated in the mixture. Otherwise the dough will be crusty and hard. I found that it's best to mix dry ingredients together and mix with the wet ones.
Date: Mar 27, 2015

By: Esther
Is the oil only to coat the bowl. Do I need shortening to add to the flour.
Date: Mar 17, 2015

By: Roma
I usually put the sugar, warm water and yeast together and let it sit for about 10 minutes if using fast acting yeast. The oil is used for coating the bowl that the dough will be left to rise in. Make sure that the dough is coated all over with the oil. eg... shake it (the dough)around in the bowl to coat all sides.

Date: Feb 17, 2015

By: Bajan gal
If I want to make wholewheat loaves how much wholewheat flour should
I use?
Date: Jan 10, 2015

By: Hazel
Sounds great, but at what point do I add the sugar and the oil.

Date: Dec 30, 2014

By: BB64
Great recipe. Have used it bout 6 times now and comes out great each time.
Date: Nov 8, 2014

By: Cassie
Gee...thanks so much for sharing...I just tried this recipe and it came out great..rather than making the fist size bread though, I did loafs.
Date: Jun 12, 2014

By: Cassie
Gee...thanks so much for sharing...I just tried this recipe and it came out great..rather than making the fist size bread though, I did loafs.
Date: Jun 9, 2014

By: PJ
Thank you for sharing your recipe; I tried it and it came out quite nice. The only thing i did differently was to bake it at a slightly lower temperature.
Date: Apr 16, 2014

By: Bajanheaven
Not a good recipe at all my bread came out hard I followed the directions exactly you need more details
Date: Dec 26, 2013

By: Andrea
Thanks Alan!
Date: Sep 23, 2013

By: Alan
I think that is supposed to be 2 1/4 cups Andrea :-)
Date: Sep 22, 2013

By: andrea
how many cups of warm water?
Date: Sep 7, 2013

By: Tyrone Nurse
the green leaf on the salt bread is a strip of green coconut leaf. this helps give the bread shape and is also a design. very unique.
Date: Mar 27, 2013

By: Aurora
What about the green leaf they put on top of the salt bread? What kind of leaf is it?
Date: Nov 18, 2012

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