Christmas Cookin’: Hops Bread

Yummy, hot, crunchy hops bread is definitely a Christmas staple. Of course, hops bread is available year round and we Trinis love to go to the bakery to smell that freshly baked bread and bring a hot quart home to quickly slap on some butter and cheese!

There’s very little that beats a hot hops and cheese or a hops toasted with butter and cheese on the tahwah! It’s just a ball of bread but it speaks comfort on another level!

You can eat hops with just about anything, peanut butter and jelly, geera chicken and pork, channa, chow mein, you name it! Hops can be served with literally anything! But perhaps its most famous partner is ham for Christmas! Biting into the fluffy bread and getting the juicy ham in your mouth IS Christmas!

NOTHING beats home made hops!

Let’s get straight into this recipe. It yields about 34 hops so you can adapt to suit.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 14 cups flour
  • 2 packs instant yeast
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter and 1/4 cup melted butter to brush bread
  • 5 cups hot water

METHOD

  1. Place flour, yeast, sugar and salt into a bowl and mix to combine





  2. Dissolve butter in water until it completely melts



  3. Pour water and butter mixture into flour mixture

  4. Knead until a smooth elastic dough is formed (I split my dough in two so they could have risen properly)

  5. Grease dish and cover with a towel and leave in a warm area to rise for 1 hour

  6. Punch down dough to release air
  7. Line baking trays with wax paper and form balls out of the dough about 3 inches in diameter

  8. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise for 45 minutes

  9. Melt butter and brush on the tops of the bread


  10. Place in a preheated oven at 400°F for 25-30 minutes
  11. When bread is fully cooked remove and serve with ham or butter! (I didn’t let mine get too brown because the convection in my oven was malfunctioning and some were getting too dark but a golden brown colour is perfect)

These were delicious!