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I have a confession to make.  I’ve had this perfect recipe for Guyanese Plait Bread for quite some time.   In my defense I did test it quite a few times to make sure that I was sharing the perfect recipe, and that it is.

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First, let me just say that there is nothing better than freshly baked bread—with butter.    Between the three of us we devour a loaf within 24 hours.   It’s just that good.Bread-1-6

Simply put, Guyanese plait bread is white bread that isn’t too light or too dense.   It’s sturdy enough to dipping in warm stews such as Pepperpot.

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Honestly, I wish I would bake fresh bread more often but let’s face it, with the busy lives that we all lead that’s just not possible.  Having said that, make this bread!  You won’t regret it.

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Guyanese Plait Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
Author: Jehan P
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Serves: 8
Yield: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ cup plus 1 tbsp warm water at 110 degrees
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 tsp water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl place warm water and sugar, then sprinkle yeast on to water and let sit for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to proof.
  3. Add flour, melted butter and salt in the mixture with the yeast and mix to form a dough. The dough will be sticky. Add just enough flour (about 2 tablespoon) and knead for 5 to 10 minutes. A stand up mixer with the dough hook attachment would be an excellent alternative to hand kneading the dough.
  4. Cover bowl with a clothe then set in a warm place and allow to rise for 45 minutes.
  5. After 45 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead for 2 minutes to form a smooth ball, this shouldn’t take long. Next cut the dough into 3 even pieces then roll each piece into equal logs about 14 inches.
  6. Braid the 3 logs to form the loaf. Make sure both ends are secure by pressing them together firmly then tucking under.
  7. Let rise for 45 minutes in a warm place. On the cooktop of the preheated oven would be perfect.
  8. In a small bowl mix egg yolk and water with a fork then brush on the top of the bread. This will create a golden brown crust.
  9. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool, then place in a bag and seal.

This article has 39 comments

  1. Bishnu Meloram

    Looking at this bread makes me crave pepperpot. Is it ok to use this recipe to make salara?

  2. Chanceyc

    I made this today and the recipe is great. It went perfectly :)

  3. JehanP

    Bishnu, I actually have a recipe for salara thats on the blog that I think would be better suited.

  4. JehanP

    Wow Chanceyc that was quick! Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Radha

    Looks yummy! I will try it!! I am also looking for a Butterflap and Tennis Roll recipe.

  6. The Duo Dishes

    Love the new blog look! Who doesn’t enjoy a batch of homemade bread? It feels like such a time consuming thing, but when you eat a slice or seven, you wonder why you don’t do it more often!

  7. JehanP

    Thanks Duo Dishes. It can be time consuming but so worth the effort!

  8. stephanie_p

    hello there I found this recipe via Pinterest. I bake bread a few times a month, and my 11 year old daughter is learning about yeast in school right now, and told me that she wanted to make a braided loaf for her teacher!! So we are making this bread now!! Thankfully I have a kitchenaid stand mixer to do the kneading!!

  9. JehanP

    Great Stephanie, please let me know how it turns out.

  10. alli

    Will b trying this, God willing, love new blog look

  11. nandane

    Can you add whole wheat flour to the mix to make it healthier? :)

  12. JehanP

    Nandane, you can easily add whole wheat flour. I would recommend using half whole wheat and half regular flour for the best flavor.

  13. nandane

    Thank u, I’m goin to be trying ur pumpkin and sweet potatoes & corn soup today :)

  14. Deborah

    Hi Jehan: I absolutely love your site. I have been making and cooking like crazy from your site. Now you need a publisher and a book I can download on my iPad. Today I will make bread and salary. God bless

  15. Deborah

    Sorry about that. “Salara” that stupid auto correct.

  16. Lynn Crawford

    I’m going to make this but I need it to be round like the pic on Facebook. Any tips on how to get it that way?

  17. Alina

    Love your blog, I was wondering if you have a recipe for tennis-roll??!! Or is it the same with some spices?

  18. Mandy

    Love this recipe! And love your blog! I tried it yesterday and the bread was gone in a couple hours so had to make some more again last night. Can I double up on the ingredients to make a couple loaves? Thanks!

  19. Monique Harte

    Is the egg wash supposed to be 1tsp of water or 1 tbsp? I just feel like mine came out a bit darker than anticipated. It could be that I put too much on it as well.

  20. JehanP

    Monique it’ 1 teaspoon of water. Did you bake the bread on the top rack? If its too high in the oven the top can brown too quickly, it’s best to bake in the middle rack.

  21. Monique Harte

    I might’ve had it on the top rack… Can I just use butter? I’m allergic to eggs so, I tried the full recipe for my first one, it came out great! I just want to have a lighter top.

  22. Jai

    Wow! This is just what my Mum used to bake. We would sit with glasses of milk waiting for it to come out of the oven and spread butter then enjoyed.
    Jehan, thanks for this!!!
    My 1st batch, EXCELLENT!! A little too sweet for me now. I tried with less sugar, PERFECT.
    thanks, again.

  23. Simone

    I try your salara recipe and it was the the best I ever had also my husband is craving it very often now.thank you

  24. Aliya

    Hi Jehan,
    Gonna try your bread to go along with pepperpot this Christmas season. Just wondering do I put the yeast in the full 1 1/4 cup of warm water? usually when I make bread I set the yeast in maximum 1/2 cup. Thanks so much for the great recipes. I love this site and love that you’re keeping the Guyanese culture alive. Keep doing what you’re doing. =)

  25. Norma Rose

    Wow !!This bread is delicious .It kept well for a couple of days.I am a vegan so I converted to
    egg replacer and vegan butter. For the coating I mixed the egg replacer with butter the color was
    a nice brown. I like making home made bread to avoid the the unhealthy ingredients .This receipe has become my favorite.I will make a few for Christmas for my family and friends.
    Thanks for sharing.

  26. Diana

    Thank You For This Awsome Bread Recipe. I Find It To Be Fool Proof. I Will NotCall Myself A Baker At The Least, My Sister Does All Baking For The Holidays, However This Year She Has A Newborn So I Needed To Get It Done. I Used Both Your Fruit Cake And Brea Recipe. The Both Came Out Well, I Am Making A Second Batch Of Bread Right Now, We Still Have Pepperpot And Is Out Of Bread. I Am Looking Forward To Trying Other Recipes. Thanks Again.

  27. Anna

    OMG….this is great bread I made it for the first time last nite it came out wonderful…..thank you for the recipes I can’t wait to try them all

  28. Abby Z

    I mind this today and it came out perfectly. I didn’t make a big one but i will be making more tomorrow. It’s so moist and delicious, my kids and I eat almost have of it 10 minutes after it got out the oven. Thank you!

  29. Val

    This is perfect I followed this recipe exactly and it came out sooooo good

  30. Robin

    I had love this bread since I was going to high school. Thanks to the internet, I never knew I would be lucky to actually get it’s recipe, as I thought the bakery’s will forever keeps it a secret. Thanks for publishing it. I will definetly invest on the required equipment for my kitchen. I love this bread so much that I could eat it without any butter !!!!

  31. miranda

    this looks soooooo inviting …reminds me when I had bread in Guyana with pepperpot…..just a quick question…..i’m having a problem with the yeast amount….how much tablespoon or teaspoon is equal to one oz please or how many packets do I use….I have 1/4 ozs of packets of yeast so do I use 4 packets because it seems like a lot…..please advice me how to measure the yeast correctly….thank u…I definitely want to make this for my husband..

  32. JehanP

    Hi Miranda, one tablespoon is equal to 0.5 oz, so I would use two 1/4 oz packages.

  33. Neel

    I made this bread, it was delicious, Will be making again tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!

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