Bajan Salt Bread

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Fresh Bajan Salt Bread is great comfort food that is used with almost anything like cheese, eggs, ham, peanut butter or fish cakes, you will find salt bread in EVERY bakery in Barbados, try our recipe today.

As the story goes, salt is the most important ingredient found in any recipe across the globe.

Salt is the one ingredient that intensifies the flavour of the other ingredients and manages to bring them together.

But beyond this, salt also strengthens the gluten structure and interacts with yeast, therefore the quantity of salt in a recipe is not to be looked at as something lacking importance.

Bajan Salt Bread


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


Sift half of the flour and mix with salt, oil, sugar, 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 the dough for 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic, then place in a greased bowl. Now place the bowl in a warm place for 40-50 minutes until it has doubled in size. You know the dough is ready when you poke a finger in it and the indentation remains.

Preheat 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 center of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until rolls are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.

Recipe Submitted by Good Old Bajan Cooking Group.

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