Simple Trinidad Hops Bread Recipe

This is my mother-in-law’s Trini hops bread recipe. It uses simple ingredients and is pretty easy to make. And the hops are so soft and fluffy.

For more bread recipes, try my white bread, whole wheat bread with nuts and seeds and focaccia bread with rosemary.

Hops bread in stainless steel tray out of the oven

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Ingredients for Trinidad hops bread

For this recipe, you’ll need: all purpose flour, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, milk and warm water.

Simple ingredients are really all you need to make this hops bread. But you can add seasonings and spices to make the hops more flavorful. I like adding in chopped chives, rosemary, garlic powder or oregano. Of course, you can add whatever flavors you like.

How to make this Trini hops bread

This is a fairly exact recipe so if you measure out all of the ingredients correctly, you’ll need very little additional flour or liquid while kneading. I’ve recreated this recipe exactly many times – it’s completely fool proof.

Activate the yeast

Step 1: To start making Trini hops bread, you must activate the yeast. To do this, mix the sugar, milk, warm water and yeast. Give everything a good stir and leave to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

rub butter into flour

Knead the dough

Step 2: Mix the flour and salt together.

Step 3: Once that’s done, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until you have a coarse consistency.

Step 4: Add the liquid and activated yeast slowly to the flour and butter and start kneading. Continue adding the liquid until the dough comes together nicely. Use your knuckles to help the dough form those gluten bonds. Or if you are not a fan of kneading by hand, use your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment (I use the KitchenAid stand mixer, which you can find on Amazon). Knead until the dough is soft and smooth.

trini hops kneading the dough

Leave to rest

Step 5: Cover the dough and keep in a warm place to rest for one hour. The dough should double in size by then.

trini hops raised dough

Step 6: Punch down and reform the smooth, soft dough. Cover and leave to rest for another hour.

Shape the Trini hops bread

Step 7: The dough should be double in size again. Punch down for the second time and divide the dough into 3-inch or 4-inch dough balls. You can make smaller hops bread if you like too, but generally 3-inch dough balls work well.

Step 8: Flatten the dough balls and pull the edges together. Roll on the palm of your hand or your countertop. This will make your dough balls smoother (I’m working on getting mine smoother, I’m not there yet).

roll out hops bread

Step 9: Place the dough balls in a buttered or parchment-lined baking tray. Cover again and leave to rest for 30 more minutes.

Step 10: Ten to fifteen minutes before the thirty minutes are up, preheat your oven at 375°F.


Step 11: The Trini hops have risen nicely, so now it’s time to pop them in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 12: Remove from the heat and brush with melted butter. Serve hot.

brush butter on hot homemade hops

Trinis love freshly baked hops bread with butter and cheese. Ham and hops are another favorite especially around Christmas time. See what else Trinis love to eat for Christmas here.

cut trini homemade hops

Trinidad hops bread recipe

Trinidad hops bread recipe

Trini hops bread or dinner rolls are soft, fluffy bread rolls that are enjoyed at any time of the day. It is delicious when served hot with butter, cheese, ham, meat, or veggies.
Prep Time2 hours 50 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time3 hours 15 minutes
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: hops bread, Trini hops
Servings: 12
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Ros Singh


  • 580 g flour
  • 65 g butter
  • 1/2 pk yeast
  • 8 g sugar
  • 7 g salt
  • 200 mL milk
  • 230 mL warm water


  • Mix warm water, milk, sugar and yeast.
  • Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Place flour and salt in a large bowl. Mix.
  • Crumble the butter into the dry ingredients.
  • Add the water, milk, yeast mixture to the dry ingredients.
  • Knead for 10 minutes.
  • Cover and set aside to proof for 1 hour.
  • Punch down.
  • Cover and rest for 1 hour.
  • Divide the dough into 3-inch to 4-inch dough balls.
  • Roll the dough balls to shape them into hops.
  • Place on a baking tray.
  • Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven for 375°F.
  • Bake the hops for 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Brush melted butter onto the bread.
  • Serve hot.

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