I have a confession to make.  I’ve had this perfect recipe for Guyanese Plait Bread for quite some time.   In my defense I did test it quite a few times to make sure that I was sharing the perfect recipe, and that it is.


First, let me just say that there is nothing better than freshly baked bread—with butter.    Between the three of us we devour a loaf within 24 hours.   It’s just that good.Bread-1-6

Simply put, Guyanese plait bread is white bread that isn’t too light or too dense.   It’s sturdy enough to dipping in warm stews such as Pepperpot.


Honestly, I wish I would bake fresh bread more often but let’s face it, with the busy lives that we all lead that’s just not possible.  Having said that, make this bread!  You won’t regret it.



Guyanese Plait Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
Author: Jehan P
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Serves: 8
Yield: 1 loaf
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1 ¼ cup  warm water at 110 degrees
  • ¼ cup melted butter + 1 tbsp extra to brush on the bread
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl place warm water and sugar, then sprinkle yeast on to water and let sit for 10 minutes to allow the yeast to proof.
  3. Add flour, melted butter and salt in the mixture with the yeast and mix to form a dough. The dough will be sticky. Add just enough flour (about 2 tablespoon) and knead for 5 to 10 minutes. A stand up mixer with the dough hook attachment would be an excellent alternative to hand kneading the dough.
  4. Cover bowl with a cloth then set in a warm place and allow to rise for 45 minutes.
  5. After 45 minutes, remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead for 2 minutes to form a smooth ball, this shouldn’t take long. Next cut the dough into 3 even pieces then roll each piece into equal logs about 14 inches.
  6. Braid the 3 logs to form the loaf. Make sure both ends are secure by pressing them together firmly then tucking under.
  7. Let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place. On the cook top of the preheated oven would be perfect.
  8. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and immediately brush with melted bread then allow to cool; then place in a bag and seal to store for up to 5 days.




  1. Bishnu Meloram
    June 2, 2013 / 8:27 pm

    Looking at this bread makes me crave pepperpot. Is it ok to use this recipe to make salara?

  2. Chanceyc
    June 3, 2013 / 12:30 pm

    I made this today and the recipe is great. It went perfectly 🙂

  3. JehanP
    June 3, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    Bishnu, I actually have a recipe for salara thats on the blog that I think would be better suited.

  4. JehanP
    June 3, 2013 / 5:59 pm

    Wow Chanceyc that was quick! Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Radha
    June 4, 2013 / 12:04 pm

    Looks yummy! I will try it!! I am also looking for a Butterflap and Tennis Roll recipe.

  6. June 4, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    Love the new blog look! Who doesn’t enjoy a batch of homemade bread? It feels like such a time consuming thing, but when you eat a slice or seven, you wonder why you don’t do it more often!

  7. JehanP
    June 5, 2013 / 4:59 am

    Thanks Duo Dishes. It can be time consuming but so worth the effort!

  8. stephanie_p
    June 11, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    hello there I found this recipe via Pinterest. I bake bread a few times a month, and my 11 year old daughter is learning about yeast in school right now, and told me that she wanted to make a braided loaf for her teacher!! So we are making this bread now!! Thankfully I have a kitchenaid stand mixer to do the kneading!!

  9. JehanP
    June 11, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    Great Stephanie, please let me know how it turns out.

  10. alli
    June 16, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    Will b trying this, God willing, love new blog look

  11. nandane
    June 18, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    Can you add whole wheat flour to the mix to make it healthier? 🙂

  12. JehanP
    June 19, 2013 / 10:39 am

    Nandane, you can easily add whole wheat flour. I would recommend using half whole wheat and half regular flour for the best flavor.

  13. JehanP
    June 19, 2013 / 10:41 am

    Thanks Alli.

  14. nandane
    June 23, 2013 / 5:34 am

    Thank u, I’m goin to be trying ur pumpkin and sweet potatoes & corn soup today 🙂

  15. Deborah
    July 28, 2013 / 11:06 am

    Hi Jehan: I absolutely love your site. I have been making and cooking like crazy from your site. Now you need a publisher and a book I can download on my iPad. Today I will make bread and salary. God bless

  16. Deborah
    July 28, 2013 / 11:08 am

    Sorry about that. “Salara” that stupid auto correct.

  17. Deborah
    July 31, 2013 / 4:45 am

    Made the bread. Love it.

  18. Lynn Crawford
    August 25, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    I’m going to make this but I need it to be round like the pic on Facebook. Any tips on how to get it that way?

  19. Alina
    August 31, 2013 / 2:20 am

    Love your blog, I was wondering if you have a recipe for tennis-roll??!! Or is it the same with some spices?

  20. JehanP
    September 9, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Alina, I’m working on a tennis roll recipe.

  21. Mandy
    September 18, 2013 / 6:27 am

    Love this recipe! And love your blog! I tried it yesterday and the bread was gone in a couple hours so had to make some more again last night. Can I double up on the ingredients to make a couple loaves? Thanks!

  22. JehanP
    September 19, 2013 / 11:18 am

    You can absolutely double it. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  23. Monique Harte
    October 2, 2013 / 2:22 am

    Is the egg wash supposed to be 1tsp of water or 1 tbsp? I just feel like mine came out a bit darker than anticipated. It could be that I put too much on it as well.

  24. JehanP
    October 2, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    Monique it’ 1 teaspoon of water. Did you bake the bread on the top rack? If its too high in the oven the top can brown too quickly, it’s best to bake in the middle rack.

  25. Monique Harte
    October 7, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    I might’ve had it on the top rack… Can I just use butter? I’m allergic to eggs so, I tried the full recipe for my first one, it came out great! I just want to have a lighter top.

  26. Jai
    November 24, 2013 / 6:16 am

    Wow! This is just what my Mum used to bake. We would sit with glasses of milk waiting for it to come out of the oven and spread butter then enjoyed.
    Jehan, thanks for this!!!
    My 1st batch, EXCELLENT!! A little too sweet for me now. I tried with less sugar, PERFECT.
    thanks, again.

  27. Simone
    December 15, 2013 / 11:14 am

    I try your salara recipe and it was the the best I ever had also my husband is craving it very often now.thank you

  28. Aliya
    December 17, 2013 / 11:46 am

    Hi Jehan,
    Gonna try your bread to go along with pepperpot this Christmas season. Just wondering do I put the yeast in the full 1 1/4 cup of warm water? usually when I make bread I set the yeast in maximum 1/2 cup. Thanks so much for the great recipes. I love this site and love that you’re keeping the Guyanese culture alive. Keep doing what you’re doing. =)

  29. Norma Rose
    December 22, 2013 / 11:31 pm

    Wow !!This bread is delicious .It kept well for a couple of days.I am a vegan so I converted to
    egg replacer and vegan butter. For the coating I mixed the egg replacer with butter the color was
    a nice brown. I like making home made bread to avoid the the unhealthy ingredients .This receipe has become my favorite.I will make a few for Christmas for my family and friends.
    Thanks for sharing.

  30. JehanP
    December 23, 2013 / 11:45 am

    Aliya, I add the yeast to all of the liquid.

  31. Diana
    December 25, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    Thank You For This Awsome Bread Recipe. I Find It To Be Fool Proof. I Will NotCall Myself A Baker At The Least, My Sister Does All Baking For The Holidays, However This Year She Has A Newborn So I Needed To Get It Done. I Used Both Your Fruit Cake And Brea Recipe. The Both Came Out Well, I Am Making A Second Batch Of Bread Right Now, We Still Have Pepperpot And Is Out Of Bread. I Am Looking Forward To Trying Other Recipes. Thanks Again.

  32. Anna
    January 24, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    OMG….this is great bread I made it for the first time last nite it came out wonderful…..thank you for the recipes I can’t wait to try them all

  33. Abby Z
    February 21, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    I mind this today and it came out perfectly. I didn’t make a big one but i will be making more tomorrow. It’s so moist and delicious, my kids and I eat almost have of it 10 minutes after it got out the oven. Thank you!

  34. Val
    March 30, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    This is perfect I followed this recipe exactly and it came out sooooo good

  35. April 9, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    I had love this bread since I was going to high school. Thanks to the internet, I never knew I would be lucky to actually get it’s recipe, as I thought the bakery’s will forever keeps it a secret. Thanks for publishing it. I will definetly invest on the required equipment for my kitchen. I love this bread so much that I could eat it without any butter !!!!

  36. April 20, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    this looks soooooo inviting …reminds me when I had bread in Guyana with pepperpot…..just a quick question…..i’m having a problem with the yeast amount….how much tablespoon or teaspoon is equal to one oz please or how many packets do I use….I have 1/4 ozs of packets of yeast so do I use 4 packets because it seems like a lot…..please advice me how to measure the yeast correctly….thank u…I definitely want to make this for my husband..

  37. JehanP
    April 21, 2014 / 7:54 am

    Hi Miranda, one tablespoon is equal to 0.5 oz, so I would use two 1/4 oz packages.

  38. Neel
    July 3, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    I made this bread, it was delicious, Will be making again tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!

  39. Sheena
    November 11, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    This recipe is awesome !! I make it so many times. I made butterflap with this recipe too

  40. Priya
    December 11, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    My first time making bread,was awesome. Couldn’t resist the looks of yours. Very soft and rich! But ,I add some milk and lessen the water. Thank you so much …. Keep the fantasic recipes coming 🙂 Happy Holiday’s …. Do have any bake/rost lamb recipe?

  41. JehanP
    December 12, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    Priya, I glad you enjoyed it! No I don’t have a recipe for lamb.

  42. simeone
    December 19, 2014 / 8:30 am

    Hi jehan i have tried a lot of your Recipes and the all came out so food…thanks for Sharing…do u have the recipe for Whole Wheat Bread?

  43. JehanP
    December 19, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Simeone, simply replace the flour with whole wheat flour.

  44. Kar
    December 22, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    Hi Jehan, quick question for you.. if you use a dough hook attachment on a mixer to knead the dough, how long should you knead it for? Is it the same 5 – 10 mins?

  45. pamela
    December 22, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    hi Jehan what kind of cup (measurement ) must I use because I would like to try and make the bread

  46. JehanP
    December 22, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    Pamela its a meausuring cup that measures 8 ounces.

  47. JehanP
    December 22, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    Yes, about 5 mins.

  48. Vis
    December 24, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    As a novice baker I found your plait bread very helpful – the bread turned out perfectly!

  49. Diana
    April 30, 2015 / 11:49 am

    Thank you soooo much for your Guyana bread recipe! I’ve never attempted bread before and this turned out perfectly. My family devoured a whole loaf with some tea in one sitting. Guess I’ll need to double the recipe next time!

  50. dianea
    December 5, 2015 / 4:27 pm

    Have a try this recipes

  51. Desiree Thomas
    December 20, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    I tried your recipe and my bread was so soft. Thanks a bunch!!!

  52. Regina
    December 30, 2015 / 11:56 am

    After trying many bread recipes, I came across this one. Our Guyanese bread, I love it!!

  53. Bibi
    January 30, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Excellent recipe for the Guyanese plait bread- turned out perfect. Will be trying the tennis roll next.

  54. Kamie
    April 21, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    Love your recipe!! Just made it !! Yummy it won’t last a day!! Wow! Thank you for making it so easy! Never will I buy bread again

  55. Farina Mohamed
    December 11, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Hi Jehan

    Can I use instant yeast? And will it be the same amount?

  56. JehanP
    December 11, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Farina, you can and yes it will be the same amount.

  57. Devita
    January 3, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    This bread recipe is absolutely amazing. I have been making it every year for Christmas for the past 2 years. I goes well with my sister’s pepper pot dish. My nephew loves it so much he can literally just sit and eat that bread without anything on it. I never buy bread from the store anymore. Thank you so much for sharing.

  58. JehanP
    January 5, 2017 / 10:33 am

    That’s good to hear Devita. Thank you for your feedback.

  59. Jen Leonard
    February 6, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Hi Jehang love your recipes. Great job keep.

  60. JehanP
    February 6, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Thank you!