Trinidad Hops Bread (recipe)

Trinidad Hops Bread

Oh sweet sweet blogosphere. Does my devotion have no end!? It’s the middle of the night and I have a sudden hankering for Hops! Now what is hops? I am sure for most of you you are thinking about some kind of grain and the beermaking process. No no no no no no. Hops is the most basic of breakfast breads/buns here in Trinidad. I have no idea how it got its name, maybe it has to do with the lengthy yeast development stage before flour is added? Its distinctive smell, taste and shape I think are some of the earliest memories of morning for many a Trini child. I know that there was a ‘Hops man’ who visited my Aunt’s area and I would love to be at her home when he arrived with his freshly baked batch! So now that I am up and I have gotten a few hits already looking for a Hops recipe I thought hmmm why not make some tonight. I am sure it will be a welcome morning surprise for my parents as well :) lol

Note: Even though Hops is traditionally made solely with white flour, my family always adds wholewheat to everything (health benefits people!) so my Hops Recipe reflects this. I think it gives it a lovely nuttiness while keeping the light airiness that you expect from such a roll :)


Hops Bread (adapted from the Naparima Girls Cookbook)

1 package dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp melted shortening
4 cups white flour
2 cups wholewheat flour
2 1/2 cups warm water
2 tsp salt

1. Pour warm water into a large bowl
2. Dissolve sugar in water
3. Dissolve yeast over sugar and water and allow to develop for 10 minutes
4. Stir yeast mixture with a fork and add melted shortening
5. Gradually stir in flour and salt.
6. Knead for 8 to 10 minutes adding flour if necessary to make a medium stiff dough

7. Grease bowl and top of dough, cover and allow to rest for 20-25 minutes
8. Punch down dough, form in balls, place on greased trays

9. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled (1 – 1.5 hours)

10. Bake in a 400F oven for 15 minutes

Makes 12-14 hops

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  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Marsha – muahahaha my mother don’t bake… well she did years ago… but i never watched her… i dunno… it just kinda happened.. my first few attempts were doorstops… :lol: trial and error til i found something that worked for me :)

  • Marsha

    Ok I feel justified in being jealous LOL :)

  • Marsha

    Ok I feel justified in being jealous LOL :)

  • Marsha

    Ok I feel justified in being jealous LOL :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Marsha – steupz :P

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Marsha – steupz :P

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    So occasionally I reread your posts :-)
    And I just checked out the pandesal pics on Flickr – so, is the “Pan de Sal” related to Bajan Salt Bread? Some of the pics look like salt bread and some look crustier, like hops. So very interesting. I supposed to be sleeping but now I want to search. Sleep…surf…sleep…search…sigh.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      i dunno this salt bread of which you speak :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    So occasionally I reread your posts :-)
    And I just checked out the pandesal pics on Flickr – so, is the “Pan de Sal” related to Bajan Salt Bread? Some of the pics look like salt bread and some look crustier, like hops. So very interesting. I supposed to be sleeping but now I want to search. Sleep…surf…sleep…search…sigh.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      i dunno this salt bread of which you speak :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    It’s not salty. At all. But not sweet either. Just bread, baked up in a big sort of oval shape – supposed to be a single serving roll, but they’re more like twice that I think.
    Recipe here – www.totallybarbados.com/barbados/About_Barbados/Local_Information/Barbados_Food/Barbados_Recipes/4119.htm

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hehe yuh mashin up d threadz :D lol :D i’ll bookmark that recipe to try :D !

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        My brain is fried from cricket in the sun yesterday – not a passing cloud in Kensington.
        Hmm, how many more excuses can I come up with when I forget to “Reply to Thread” ;-)

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          what/where is kensington? that is b’dos or guyana? this cup still going on ? whatwhat?

          • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

            Kensington Oval is in Little England of course, Barbados. We still only in the 2nd round of CWC.

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            oh … can you detect my interest level? :lol:

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            oh … can you detect my interest level? :lol:

          • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

            Oh completely – your fascination simply leaps from the page. Which is why I stand by, prepared to keep you updated and answer any niggling queries you may have. Why I can begin, right here, right now, an exposition on the current Aus v Sri match. I only await your signal ;-)

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            how come your name/icon doesn’t show on my bloglog reader roll :cry: ?

          • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

            Hmmm…I can see it. Don’t know what’s up.

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            do you have it set to be invisi on my site (clicking the red square) ? :(

          • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

            Kensington Oval is in Little England of course, Barbados. We still only in the 2nd round of CWC.

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    It’s not salty. At all. But not sweet either. Just bread, baked up in a big sort of oval shape – supposed to be a single serving roll, but they’re more like twice that I think.
    Recipe here – www.totallybarbados.com/barbados/About_Barbados/Local_Information/Barbados_Food/Barbados_Recipes/4119.htm

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      hehe yuh mashin up d threadz :D lol :D i’ll bookmark that recipe to try :D !

      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        My brain is fried from cricket in the sun yesterday – not a passing cloud in Kensington.
        Hmm, how many more excuses can I come up with when I forget to “Reply to Thread” ;-)

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          what/where is kensington? that is b’dos or guyana? this cup still going on ? whatwhat?

          • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

            Kensington Oval is in Little England of course, Barbados. We still only in the 2nd round of CWC.

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            oh … can you detect my interest level? :lol:

          • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

            Oh completely – your fascination simply leaps from the page. Which is why I stand by, prepared to keep you updated and answer any niggling queries you may have. Why I can begin, right here, right now, an exposition on the current Aus v Sri match. I only await your signal ;-)

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            how come your name/icon doesn’t show on my bloglog reader roll :cry: ?

          • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

            Hmmm…I can see it. Don’t know what’s up.

          • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

            do you have it set to be invisi on my site (clicking the red square) ? :(

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Looking all over for a picture – Cynthia had one! tastesofguyana.blogspot.com/2007/03/these-are-few.html

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      ooooo!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      ooooo!

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Looking all over for a picture – Cynthia had one! tastesofguyana.blogspot.com/2007/03/these-are-few.html

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      ooooo!

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Is it working now? I don’t know anything about an invisible box/setting

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Is it working now? I don’t know anything about an invisible box/setting

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      no :( you still hidden away :( if you hover your mouse over your icon in the reader’s roll itwill tell you to click to hide/unhide… :*(

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      no :( you still hidden away :( if you hover your mouse over your icon in the reader’s roll itwill tell you to click to hide/unhide… :*(

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina
      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        hovered my mouse and it asked if I wanted to be invisible, and I didn’t so didn’t click the X
        and this link says “There is currently no hide list.”
        Sigh.

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          i’ll report it as a bug :cry: … i wanna see chennette :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Is it working now? I don’t know anything about an invisible box/setting

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      no :( you still hidden away :( if you hover your mouse over your icon in the reader’s roll itwill tell you to click to hide/unhide… :*(

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina
      • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

        hovered my mouse and it asked if I wanted to be invisible, and I didn’t so didn’t click the X
        and this link says “There is currently no hide list.”
        Sigh.

        • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

          i’ll report it as a bug :cry: … i wanna see chennette :D

  • http://etherwork.net/blog/ ejm

    Your hops look delicious, Sarina. Just to clarify, is a packet of yeast about 2+1/2tsp? And does your recipe make 9 or 18 hops?

    -Elizabeth

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      thanks Elizabeth :D Yes a packet of yeast is approx the 2.5 tsp size :) My recipe made 12-14 hops :)

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      thanks Elizabeth :D Yes a packet of yeast is approx the 2.5 tsp size :) My recipe made 12-14 hops :)

  • http://etherwork.net/blog/ ejm

    Your hops look delicious, Sarina. Just to clarify, is a packet of yeast about 2+1/2tsp? And does your recipe make 9 or 18 hops?

    -Elizabeth

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      thanks Elizabeth :D Yes a packet of yeast is approx the 2.5 tsp size :) My recipe made 12-14 hops :)

  • Ramona Ramdeen

    The hops was good but how about the receipe for currents roll

  • Ramona Ramdeen

    The hops was good but how about the receipe for currents roll

  • Ramona Ramdeen

    The hops was good but how about the receipe for currents roll

  • Rea Rahaman

    do you have the receipe for doubles? I would very much like a copy. thank you

  • Rea Rahaman

    do you have the receipe for doubles? I would very much like a copy. thank you

  • MARLON

    Question?

    Do you have a recipe for butter bread?

    Your response would be appreciated

    ty

  • MARLON

    Question?

    Do you have a recipe for butter bread?

    Your response would be appreciated

    ty

  • Sweet

    So *this* is the recipe I’ve been looking for! Every reciped I tried tastes nothing like what mom used to make. She always made bread but I never knew it was called “hops” bread. Interesting. I shall try this recipe.

  • Sweet

    So *this* is the recipe I’ve been looking for! Every reciped I tried tastes nothing like what mom used to make. She always made bread but I never knew it was called “hops” bread. Interesting. I shall try this recipe.

  • sweetrini

    Hi everyone happy holidays to u and family I did try the baking this recipe using whole wheat flour and I make the long bread and my bf love the way it came out so now I am baking bread for him every weekend

  • sweetrini

    Hi everyone happy holidays to u and family I did try the baking this recipe using whole wheat flour and I make the long bread and my bf love the way it came out so now I am baking bread for him every weekend

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    since you don’t get trackbacks…mom made hops:

    lilandra.com/blog/archives/2008/06/15/mom-made-hops-bread/

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    since you don’t get trackbacks…mom made hops:

    lilandra.com/blog/archives/2008/06/15/mom-made-hops-bread/

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – nyam! :) wish i knew how to fix the trackbacks… been trying for over a year… it’s intermittent :(

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – nyam! :) wish i knew how to fix the trackbacks… been trying for over a year… it’s intermittent :(

  • http://www.trinigourmet.com Samantha

    I gonna try this although flour and i don’t agree

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      oh gorm, don’t make yourself sick now :)

  • http://www.trinigourmet.com Samantha

    I gonna try this although flour and i don’t agree

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      oh gorm, don’t make yourself sick now :)

  • venessa bruton

    well i did try that hops bread,all i can say was WOW…….
    it was so easy to make,i never thougth i chould bake bread until i’ve try makein hops,the rescipe was very easy to read and understand.
    and my bread came out very nice.
    cookin,cleanin,watchin etc was nothing for me to do until it came to bakein bread,i had a big problem then i try make hops one day and the first time i tryed it it came out so well i had to try it again.
    now that the only bread i use home,and what makes it even better is that i made it home all by myself,NICEEEEE.

  • venessa bruton

    well i did try that hops bread,all i can say was WOW…….
    it was so easy to make,i never thougth i chould bake bread until i’ve try makein hops,the rescipe was very easy to read and understand.
    and my bread came out very nice.
    cookin,cleanin,watchin etc was nothing for me to do until it came to bakein bread,i had a big problem then i try make hops one day and the first time i tryed it it came out so well i had to try it again.
    now that the only bread i use home,and what makes it even better is that i made it home all by myself,NICEEEEE.

  • http://www.AbengNews.com Mark

    Sarina, I found your hops bread while searching for a Bajan salt bread recipe. Now I have both I’ll try them to recreate the Caribbean in cold Canada. Thanks.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Justice in a Framework of Injustice? =-.

  • http://www.AbengNews.com Mark

    Sarina, I found your hops bread while searching for a Bajan salt bread recipe. Now I have both I’ll try them to recreate the Caribbean in cold Canada. Thanks.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Justice in a Framework of Injustice? =-.

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  • Longtime Baker

    Being in the baking business for a long time….way back when we used to make hops bread with hops as the levening agent ( hence the name "Hops Bread") this recipe is a far far cry from hops to say the least. please go do some more research, since trinidadians NEVER made Hops Bread from Wholewheat flour. 'Wholewheat Hops' was only introduced when the health craze kicked in. Thus leaving the original recipe in shambles For all those health crazed idiots out there…Hops Bread is probably the only White flour bread that can match any health bread that is on the market now, since it is only made with Flour, Salt, Yeast (or Hops..if you can get it) and Shortening.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PLease don't present yourself to be something you are not…By this recipe, you are definitely NOT a Baker

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Trinigourmet Sarina

      I believe I was quite clear in pointing out that white flour is the traditional method and that wholewheat is a variation that my family prefers. I'll let them know they are 'idiots'. Cheers ;)

    • Jaz Borden

      Yeah, so Longtime Baker, if you have nothing of merit to say, especially in a non abrasive manner, keep your comments to yourself and stop tainting the blogosphere. I think I'll have a lot of people backing me on that. You have a good day now :-)

    • trinikee

      Hello Longtime Baker, I have been looking for another hops bread recipe and it sounds like you have a lot of experience in baking, so can you provide us with your version of the recipe? Thanks.

  • Longtime Baker

    Being in the baking business for a long time….way back when we used to make hops bread with hops as the levening agent ( hence the name "Hops Bread") this recipe is a far far cry from hops to say the least. please go do some more research, since trinidadians NEVER made Hops Bread from Wholewheat flour. 'Wholewheat Hops' was only introduced when the health craze kicked in. Thus leaving the original recipe in shambles For all those health crazed idiots out there…Hops Bread is probably the only White flour bread that can match any health bread that is on the market now, since it is only made with Flour, Salt, Yeast (or Hops..if you can get it) and Shortening.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PLease don't present yourself to be something you are not…By this recipe, you are definitely NOT a Baker

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Trinigourmet Sarina

      I believe I was quite clear in pointing out that white flour is the traditional method and that wholewheat is a variation that my family prefers. I'll let them know they are 'idiots'. Cheers ;)

    • Jaz Borden

      Yeah, so Longtime Baker, if you have nothing of merit to say, especially in a non abrasive manner, keep your comments to yourself and stop tainting the blogosphere. I think I'll have a lot of people backing me on that. You have a good day now :-)

    • trinikee

      Hello Longtime Baker, I have been looking for another hops bread recipe and it sounds like you have a lot of experience in baking, so can you provide us with your version of the recipe? Thanks.

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