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://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Yay – a hops recipe! Just the thing for this weekend, as my sister has gone and posted bread and channa pics on her Flickr!

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    Yay – a hops recipe! Just the thing for this weekend, as my sister has gone and posted bread and channa pics on her Flickr!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    o niceness! :D i saw the maleeda (sp?) on yours? i never knew that was the name ! i love that thing real bad :D i’ll link to it lolz! where is your sis flickr? :) is she in trini? :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    o niceness! :D i saw the maleeda (sp?) on yours? i never knew that was the name ! i love that thing real bad :D i’ll link to it lolz! where is your sis flickr? :) is she in trini? :)

  • maggie

    Hooray!! I’ve been hankering for hops bread lately; the last time I had it I was twelve, and we used to drive to Butterflake Bakery (in Marabella, I think?) to get them. There’s nothing like cold butter melting inside a warm hops bread, and sometimes we’d get red pork and black pudding to eat with it. Heaven!

    Next time my sister’s over, I am definitely trying this recipe; I need her here because I can’t knead bread worth a damn. *g*

  • maggie

    Hooray!! I’ve been hankering for hops bread lately; the last time I had it I was twelve, and we used to drive to Butterflake Bakery (in Marabella, I think?) to get them. There’s nothing like cold butter melting inside a warm hops bread, and sometimes we’d get red pork and black pudding to eat with it. Heaven!

    Next time my sister’s over, I am definitely trying this recipe; I need her here because I can’t knead bread worth a damn. *g*

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    LOLZ! Let me know how it turns out Maggie :D I finished baking these at around 5:30 this morning (yes madness i know, but ‘when yuh ketch ah vaps!’) and that first slab of butter drenching the insides was heaven in my mouth!!! :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    LOLZ! Let me know how it turns out Maggie :D I finished baking these at around 5:30 this morning (yes madness i know, but ‘when yuh ketch ah vaps!’) and that first slab of butter drenching the insides was heaven in my mouth!!! :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    My sister currently only has her mobile phone for photography, but she is torturing me anyway from back home in Trinidad. www.flickr.com/photos/lilandra.
    And oh, whenever hops was hot, we’d get a quart and a half, and all of us in the car on the way home would polish off the half, ripping out the sweet fluffy insides to savour, then demolishing the crustiness of the outsides. We finish the hops before we got home, whether we bought it in San Juan on the way to Central, or from Couva proper.

    • Kim

      The tiny old wooden shack on San Juan hill which was the official "hops shop" of the area. It was 7 mins walk from my house. 6pm every day and more on weekends. We ate it with everything – from zaboca to salt fish. Ah hongry now!!

    • Kim

      The tiny old wooden shack on San Juan hill which was the official "hops shop" of the area. It was 7 mins walk from my house. 6pm every day and more on weekends. We ate it with everything – from zaboca to salt fish. Ah hongry now!!

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    My sister currently only has her mobile phone for photography, but she is torturing me anyway from back home in Trinidad. www.flickr.com/photos/lilandra.
    And oh, whenever hops was hot, we’d get a quart and a half, and all of us in the car on the way home would polish off the half, ripping out the sweet fluffy insides to savour, then demolishing the crustiness of the outsides. We finish the hops before we got home, whether we bought it in San Juan on the way to Central, or from Couva proper.

    • Kim

      The tiny old wooden shack on San Juan hill which was the official "hops shop" of the area. It was 7 mins walk from my house. 6pm every day and more on weekends. We ate it with everything – from zaboca to salt fish. Ah hongry now!!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    i think there is some culinary version of crack in those fluffy insides :D i eat them to bursting :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    i think there is some culinary version of crack in those fluffy insides :D i eat them to bursting :D

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com Veron

    When I was living in the Philippines, we ate bread for breakfast and late evening. It’s this bread called pandesal. It’s always so good to get them nice and hot from the bakery. I can just smell the aroma right now from your pictures!

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com Veron

    When I was living in the Philippines, we ate bread for breakfast and late evening. It’s this bread called pandesal. It’s always so good to get them nice and hot from the bakery. I can just smell the aroma right now from your pictures!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    How interesting Veron :) I will look up this pandesal now :) Thanks for dropping by! :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    How interesting Veron :) I will look up this pandesal now :) Thanks for dropping by! :D

  • http://malluspice.blogspot.com/ shaheen

    Hi , i am new to ur site and it has so many interesting recipes!This bread seems similar to the no knead bread.Is it? BTW, do u have a recipe for a sweet potato pone?

  • http://malluspice.blogspot.com/ shaheen

    Hi , i am new to ur site and it has so many interesting recipes!This bread seems similar to the no knead bread.Is it? BTW, do u have a recipe for a sweet potato pone?

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Hi Shaheen, I am loving your site too! :D Hops is not that similar to the no knead bread I don’t think? Well the preparation is quite different for one. But I have not made the no knead bread yet, so maybe in taste and texture they are similar, but I’m guessing not at this point :) I do have a recipe for Sweet Potato Pone :) I will email it to you, and will be posting it soon :) Thanks for visiting :) !

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Hi Shaheen, I am loving your site too! :D Hops is not that similar to the no knead bread I don’t think? Well the preparation is quite different for one. But I have not made the no knead bread yet, so maybe in taste and texture they are similar, but I’m guessing not at this point :) I do have a recipe for Sweet Potato Pone :) I will email it to you, and will be posting it soon :) Thanks for visiting :) !

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i just googled…pandesal is… Pan de Sal!!
    *sigh*
    Have you ever looked at a Filipino map? It’s so much fun looking at place names and such!

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i just googled…pandesal is… Pan de Sal!!
    *sigh*
    Have you ever looked at a Filipino map? It’s so much fun looking at place names and such!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – that’s like when one day i was lying down and it hit me that parasol was Para Sol … :lol:

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – that’s like when one day i was lying down and it hit me that parasol was Para Sol … :lol:

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    lololol

    i searched on flickr and it really does look like hops

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    lololol

    i searched on flickr and it really does look like hops

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – flickr is fun :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – flickr is fun :)

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    yes
    i spend many hours at work searching for chocolate and cupcakes and pizza and stuff
    :)

    or browsing thru camera finder cuz i don’t got a camera yet

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    yes
    i spend many hours at work searching for chocolate and cupcakes and pizza and stuff
    :)

    or browsing thru camera finder cuz i don’t got a camera yet

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – when yuh gettin’ camera? :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – when yuh gettin’ camera? :)

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i dunno. never :-(

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i dunno. never :-(

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – nah, you go get it soon :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – nah, you go get it soon :)

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i hope so
    oh well
    i am learning to take pix with a camera phone…a very impressive skill
    how else will i take pix when i make hajj
    hehehe

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i hope so
    oh well
    i am learning to take pix with a camera phone…a very impressive skill
    how else will i take pix when i make hajj
    hehehe

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – you will have new camera for hajj :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Lilandra – you will have new camera for hajj :)

  • Marsha

    This is even harder than the biscuits for me!

  • Marsha

    This is even harder than the biscuits for me!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Marsha – we go have to make a baking lime!!! :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Marsha – we go have to make a baking lime!!! :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Marsha – we go have to make a baking lime!!! :D

  • Marsha

    Yeh but how you learn to bake? From watching yuh mudder?

  • Marsha

    Yeh but how you learn to bake? From watching yuh mudder?

  • Marsha

    Yeh but how you learn to bake? From watching yuh mudder?

  • 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 :)

  • 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 :)

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