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Hawaiian Sweet Bread Recipe

Hawaiian Sweet Bread Recipe

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 large loaf 1x


Straight from Hawaii – this Hawaiian Sweet Bread Recipe is light and slightly sweet and goes well with any Hawaiian meal.



  • 1/2 cup milk, warmed
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk or light cream
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • large pinch nutmeg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten, plus 1 egg beaten for glaze
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix milk, yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Allow to stand until the mixture is bubbly.
  2. In a saucepan, warm the evaporated milk. Add the butter, nutmeg, sugar and lemon peel. Stir until the butter is melted.
  3. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, the yeast mixture and the salt. Add enough of the evaporated milk mixture just to form a soft dough. Knead for 15 minutes.
  4. Allow the loaf to rise to double it’s size. Punch it down and let it rise again. Form into a round loaf and allow to rise one more time.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325F. Mix the egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush it on top of the loaf of bread.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes.

Recipe Notes:

adapted from The Food of Paradise