Tastes of Hawaii Recipe – Ono French Bread (Hawaiian Style) From Kauai's Old Plantation Days

Week 5—Ono French Bread (Hawaiian style)!

Ono French Bread Recipe

(Crisp-crusted French bread hot from your own oven!)

  • 3 pkgs. (1/4 oz. each) yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. Hawaiian macadamia honey
  • 5 ½ cups unbleached flour OR 3 ½ cups unbleached flour and 1 Tbsp. salt +2 cups cake flour


Combine yeast, ¼ cup of warm water, and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Place flour and 2 teaspoons of salt in a large bowl; make a well in the center of the flour and add the yeast mixture, remaining 1 ¾ cups of warm water, and honey. Blend until dough is moist. Turn out onto a flour coated board. Kneed for 10 to 15 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and velvety. Place in a buttered bowl; cover and place in a warm draft-free place until doubled in bulk. Punch down and shape into 2 loves and let rise again.

Make a glaze by combining the 2/3 cup water, cornstarch, and the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt; blend well. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Score top of the loaves and brush with the glaze. Place in the oven and brush with the glaze every 10 minutes of baking time. Cool loaves in pans for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove loaves from pans and cool on rack. Makes 2 loaves.

As mentioned in my first recipe blog, Hawaii is a wonderful mix of cultures and each of these peoples brought with them their customs and foods. The early plantation days saw these combining cultures creating foods that are unique only to Hawaii.

We thank these early pioneers who planted and nurtured these plantation fields and created many of these amazing recipes. Because we have this rich Hawaiian heritage, I started this running blog that features recipes with a Hawaiian flair. If you love collecting recipes, please check back so that you can collect your favorites.

These will be recipes I’ve gotten from old Hawaiian cookbooks, family, and friends that have been willing to share their family “secrets.” I’m going to try to limit these recipes to those with ingredients that can be found almost anywhere, so don’t worry, you won’t have to shop for Poi or other food items that you can only find here in Hawaii!

Collecting and sharing recipes of Hawaii is our hobby, but our passion is helping people with their real estate needs. Hawaii offers some of the most beautiful islands in the world and we believe Kauai has some of the very best real estate available. My sister and I work as a team to help people make their dreams come true. Please contact us with your real estate needs, we are here to assist.

Ilona Coffey, RS

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