I love oven fresh bread but I don’t bake bread often. I mostly make homemade bread when I make pepperpot, once or twice a year. So when, one of my subscribers asked for a bread recipe and wanted a whole wheat version, I was super excited to get in the kitchen. I know, I know. I must be some kind of crazy person that gets excited about baking, but, I really do.

For this recipe I made a video tutorial. As usual there is no audio, so don’t adjust your volume. :-).

Whole Wheat Plait Bread


5.0 from 2 reviews
Guyanese Whole Wheat Plait Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Guyanese
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dry active yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon oil (for oiling the bowl)
  1. Combine 1 tbsp brown sugar, yeast and water in a small bowl. Mix until sugar dissolves. Let sit until yeast ferments (about 5 minutes).
  2. Combine milk and butter in a measuring cup. Microwave on high until butter melts. Set aside and let cool. When cool add fermented yeast.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, remaining brown sugar and salt. Mix together. Then, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add milk and yeast mixture to the dry ingredients. Knead together to make a soft dough.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface and continue to knead for 5 to 10 minutes. Shape into a tight ball. Place in a grease bowl, cover with a damp paper towel and let sit until dough doubles in size (about 1 hour).
  5. After dough rises to double its size, separate into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a strip. Plait strips together. Place plaited dough into a greased loaf pan. Cover with a damp paper towel and let sit until doubles in size.
  6. Once dough doubles, brush with a bit of water and bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When bread is golden brown, remove from oven and brush top with butter. Remove from pan and let cool.
I live in dry Denver that is also 5280 feet above sea level, so bread baking is often a challenge. I brush the top of my bread with water to prevent it from getting crusty while baking. I also bake it low and slow. Most bread recipes will say bake at 375 or 400 degrees. Try this temperature first and if for some reason it doesn't work you can increase the heat.


  1. Amelia07 December 23, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Great reCipe! The bread turned out really well, except… it was too salty! I think 1tbsp salt is too much for one bread. I’d probably do 2tsp next time. Thabk you for a great base recipe for whole wheat Plaid bread tHough. Will Go great with pepperpot! I made this recipe last year and revised it this year with the less salt and it was good., 10/10! Thanks again!

  2. Althea Brown December 23, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Oh my goodness. Thank you for pointing that out. It should be 1 teaspoon of salt but now I only use a pinch of salt in my breads so 1/2 or 1/4 teaspoon is just enough. That was a total typo. I’m surprised no one else has pointed that out. So sorry about that. I’ll get that updates ASAP

  3. Barbara benn January 25, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Just wondering if anyone has a recipe for cassava bread.

    1. Althea Brown January 25, 2020 at 9:46 am

      Google Guyanese Cassava bread recipe. I saw a couple posts for it. If I ever figure out how to make it. I will certainly share!

  4. Thorla November 2, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Thank you so much Althea for this wholewheat bread recepie. I used to live in East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, Guyana so hey neighbour. Lol. While I love my white flour bread, my husband would only use whole wheat, so thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely try it out.

    1. Althea Brown November 5, 2020 at 9:57 am

      So glad you liked it and hey neighbor!!!


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