Tastes of Hawaii Recipe – A Variation on Hawaiian Sweet Bread From Kauai’s Old Plantation Days

Week 52 – A variation on Hawaiian Sweet Bread (this is a modern version of the old Plantation recipe and is quite yummy!)

Gosh, it’s hard to believe that we are already at week 52 of our Old Plantation recipe blogs. So here you have it – a full year’s worth of recipes. I hope you’ve enjoy some of these. I know I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to share them with you.  As we say here in Hawaii, hope you have found some of these to be “Ono”. 

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Hawaiian Sweet Bread Recipe

  • 7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups flour, potato flakes, sugar, yeast, salt, and ginger.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water, butter and pineapple juice to 120-130 degrees F.
  3. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened.
  4. Add eggs; beat until smooth.
  5. Beat in vanilla.
  6. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  7. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
  8. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.
  9. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/4 hours.
  10. Punch dough down.
  11. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into thirds.
  12. Shape each into a ball.
  13. Place in three greased 9-in. round baking pans.
  14. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  15. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  16. Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly.
  17. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.

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.

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View of the back home this custom home facing the first Green

The first thing you will notice when you walk into this home is the attention to detail. Nothing has been overlooked starting with the orientation that maximizes both the views and the tradewinds, and ending with custom features this home provides. It won’t last long and is priced at $1,595,000. It’s truly one-of-a-kind! 

Views of the outdoors from the Great Room

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