Today I’m bringing to you the tradition of bread making with my recipe for homemade plait bread. I would like to dedicate this post to my late Grandmother Inez Glen, from West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown, Guyana. My grandmother was a master baker. She made the most delicious breads, cakes and pastries out of a homemade oven in her backyard. She passed down her cooking genes to all generations of our family and I am forever grateful that she gave us these traditions!

Bread making doesn’t have to be complicated

You don’t need fancy equipment to make plait bread! Yes, making your dough in a stand mixer with a dough hook makes life a bit easier, but it is not necessary for this plait bread recipe. This is not a quick bread. It needs time to rise, punch down and rise again before baking. But it is worth it. There is nothing better to me, than fresh baked bread, especially when paired with Pepperpot on Christmas morning. You don’t need a special occasion to make bread when it is this easy. I’m sure you have the ingredients in your pantry right now. Mix it up and let it rise, you could have plait bread in about 2 hours.

The Plait Bread Youtube Video:

 

Bread is always better with butter

If you watch the video you will see that I accidentally added 1/2 cup of butter to my dough for this plait bread instead of 1/4 cup (what I typically use) but it made the bread the softest bread I’ve ever made. No need to use 1/2 cup of butter though 1/4 of butter produces great results and is all you really need. Room temperature butter is better for this recipe but room temperature margarine or vegan butter works great too.

Other ways to roll the dough

If you are not a fan of plait bread, use this recipe to make two loaves of bread instead. After the first rise, punch down and knead the dough into a ball, then divide the dough ball in half and roll into two logs. Place on a greased baking sheet or in two loaf pans and let the dough rise again before baking. If you prefer wholewheat bread try this Guyanese Style Wholewheat Plait Bread recipe. It is an oldie but yields delicious results.

The Plait Bread Recipe:

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Plait Bread
 
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Plait Bread (Guyanese Style) is a hand kneaded white bread that is soft and buttery. It is perfect for stews and pairs nicely with Pepperpot!
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Guyanese
Serves: 4 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of dry active yeast
  • 1¼ cup of warm water (110 °F)
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 3¼ cup of all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup of room temperature butter (ok to use vegan butter), plus 1 tablespoon for basting after baking
Instructions
  1. Dissolve sugar in water then add yeast. Mix yeast into the water. Cover with a towel and set aside in a warm cool place to allow yeast to activate
  2. Add salt to flour
  3. Using a fork or your fingers cut butter into flour until a crumbly texture forms
  4. Form a well in the center of the flour and butter mixture then add the activated yeast mixture to the center of the well
  5. Mix together to slowly form a pancake batter consistency, using a whisk.
  6. Then use your hands or a rubber spatula to add the rest of the flour to the batter forming a soft dough
  7. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes into a smooth ball
  8. Place dough into a greased container, cover with a towel and allow to rise until it doubles in size. This takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour
  9. When dough doubles in size, punch down and knead again into a smooth ball
  10. Cut a 2 inch piece of dough off from the ball and set aside
  11. Divide the remaining dough into 3 equal parts and roll into even logs that are about 1.5 feet long
  12. Plait pieces into a braid
  13. Roll the 2 inch piece of dough that was set aside earlier into a long strip
  14. Place strip on top of braid
  15. Grease a baking sheet and place the plaited dough on top of the sheet
  16. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes or until it doubles in size
  17. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  18. Bake bread for 20-25 minutes, until it is golden brown
  19. Remove from the oven and brush with 1 tablespoon of butter
  20. Cover with a towel and allow to cool completely before serving
Notes
To speed up the dough rising process, I place my covered dough in a warm oven (about 200 °F) for 30 minutes. I do the same with the plaited dough before baking.

After my bread cools I place it in a bread bag to keep it fresh.

 

 

31 Comments

  1. wendy December 15, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Althea! Thank you very much for sharing these wonderful recipes with us. I’ve been a follower for years and this is my go to bread recipe (especially at Christmas time. lol). your words made me think of my amazing grandmother, mary pitt (Aunt zerry-who use to bake & sell in kitty/campbellville area). thank you again!

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    1. Althea Brown December 15, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you for being a faithful follower. I love memories of my grandmother. It’s amazing how much these women gave to their families.

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    2. wendy March 29, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Note to self: “do not type public responses from your phone.” no capitalization of proper names…ugh! lol

      getting ready to make some bread today. I really should have done the whole 30 with you while we are confined to our homes.

      stay safe

      Reply
      1. Althea Brown March 29, 2020 at 3:35 pm

        Ha. I’m starting another one (joining a global Whole30) on April 13. Come join me!

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        1. Wendy April 1, 2020 at 10:07 am

          I’m in! Let me make these tennis rolls today (your recipe), so that I can dedicate myself to the challenge. lol

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          1. Althea Brown April 1, 2020 at 10:16 am

            Haha. Ok. Awesome.

          2. Althea Brown April 1, 2020 at 10:17 am

            Hope you’re using the updated tennis roll recipe. That’s the best one.

  2. Ethel Ross December 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you do you have a recIpe book

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    1. Althea Brown December 15, 2019 at 6:09 pm

      In a sense this is my recipe book. I aspire to have a cook book one day!

      Reply
  3. Yvonne Richards December 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Althea,
    “Bread and buTter is your Jam … eh.” That was cute irony:) . I love your work in the kitchen!! You made me want to go and make brEad, but i don’t have to because my mom (your aunt ) made some … also, i would be TEMPTED to eat it all so i just don’t bake:)

    Great job with the BrEad and thank you for memories of granny.

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    1. Althea Brown December 15, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      You are beyond lucky to have your mom right there. Girl if she lived with me we would rock out in the kitchen everyday. I would record, document and write everything down. I aspire to be like her when I’m that age. Just cooking for my kids and grand kids. I learn something new about cooking EVERY single time I talk to Aunty Cheryl. I miss granny. I think about her often. Every time I want to fancy up a dish or blog post with some gadget I’m like “you think granny would use this?” 😀 I just hope this bread made her proud. My favorite memory of eating her bread was with a sweet and sour chicken stew. To this day I can’t recreate that stew. She was truly an inspiration!!!

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  4. Farah KassiM December 25, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful bread recipE!!! My mom and i have tried many bread recipe but this is the best by far! So easy and comes out Soft, fluffy and so Delicious everytime!

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    1. Althea Brown December 25, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. So glad you guys tried and liked it.

      Reply
  5. Kellianne December 28, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Omgggg!!! THIs bread is everything you said it would be. DELICIOUSness!!! This is my bread recipe going forward. My family loved it too. Thank you for putting ANOTher tradition on my table.

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    1. Althea Brown December 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      You’re very welcome. I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed it! Thank you for trying my recipe and adding bread making to you family traditions!

      Reply
  6. Oma January 9, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. It was delicious. It came out so soft. I bake today and only have a quarter of it left. Lol. I was wondering if you double the recipe do you double the yeast as well. Thanks .

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    1. Althea Brown January 10, 2020 at 6:22 am

      I’m so happy it worked! If you want to make two loaves of bread double the flour, butter and liquids but not the yeast. Good luck!

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      1. Oma January 10, 2020 at 11:49 am

        Thank you so much. I appreciate what i have learn from you.

        Reply
  7. Mariam Ali March 7, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    I just made thei bread and I was totally amazed at how perfect it came out. I have alWays wanted to bake bread,.I dId Try one tIme wHen I was younger and living in Guyana but it was A dIsAster. I threw out. This bread is soft aNd amazing. Thank you for sharing this Recipe. Wish i can post a picture of it. Thank you again.

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    1. Althea Brown March 7, 2020 at 9:20 pm

      I’m so happy you tried and had success with this recipe. Now that you’ve made bread you have to try tennis rolls. If you are on Facebook you can share pictures on my Facebook page. Facebook.com/metemgee or just search for metemgee. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. Mariam Ali July 12, 2020 at 9:56 am

        I did and also I need to tell you this. I love to look at ur videos and listen to you. I looked at your roti video. Man you make roti making into an art. I have been cooking roti since I was 10 years old and still cooking them. Taught all my kids to make them too. I was so over making roti, until I saw ur video and how lovingly you made each one. Now roti making has taken on a new meaning for me. You have an amazing way to present cooking! Keep up the good work. I am so tempted to share your recipes on my Facebook page but not sure how well recipes and quotes go together. Have a great day.

        Reply
  8. Simone March 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I made this today and it was dicine! First time.making bread and was really pleased at how w
    Well it came.out. just as good as tou said it would be. I’ve already shared with multiple people. Thanknyou!

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    1. Althea Brown March 30, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much for trying the recipe and for sharing. Glad it came out great! It’s a favorite in my home.

      Reply
  9. Tandieka April 18, 2020 at 11:21 am

    I used this recipe to make a loaf at christmas time to accompany my pepperpot, it came out great!

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  10. Marg April 19, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Hi Althea, thank you for this recipe!! It came out amazing when I baked it the other day, I wish I could post a picture for you. The whole house loved it. I wanted to make it a few more times and was wondering if i had to adjust the cook time or temperature if I was making 2 loaves to be in the oven at the same time. Please let me know what you think. Thank you again and I will be making more of your recipes in the future!!!

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    1. Althea Brown April 19, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Hi There. Thank you so much for this and for sharing. No need to adjust cooking time or temperature while baking two loaves. If you mix the two loaves in one batch you don’t need to increase the yeast in the recipe. Thanks again.

      Reply
  11. Caroline May 16, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    One of Best instructions ive had since my graNdmOthers teachings. Im not one to read directions, i prefer to watch them. I usually Just read the ingredients and get straight into watching. This vIdeo was clear and i enjoyed hearing her background of How she started getting into baKing. I ended up using the hOle stick of butter instead of the 1/4. I do agree the bread is softer and taste scrumPtious! My bread was even baked in a toaster oveN!! Thank you! You have made this guyanese proud!

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    1. Althea Brown May 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you so much for the support. More butter = yummy bread.

      Reply
    2. Mala P June 25, 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Althea!
      This recipe is amazing! Since Covid I started baking more and was happy to find your recipe. It’s soft and delicious. I’ve been baking this every week 😅

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      1. Althea Brown June 26, 2020 at 4:24 am

        Thank you so much. I love the smell of bread baking, so I can only imagine what a weekly treat that is!

        Reply
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