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Hawaiian Bread in the Bread Machine

My experiment with Hawaiian bread mix made me curious about Hawaiian bread.  What would it taste like if I made it from scratch?  As it turns out, it tasted even better than the mix.

Hawaiian Bread
¾ cup pineapple juice
1 egg
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 ½ Tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons milk
1 ½ teaspoons yeast

This makes a two pound loaf. Follow the instructions that came with your bread machine in terms of which ingredients to put in the bread machine first.  Use the basic setting.  Make sure you check on the dough after five or ten  minutes of kneading.  Just pop the top of the bread machine and see how the dough is doing.  It should be a smooth, round ball.  If it’s too dry add liquid a tablespoon at a time until it looks OK.  If it looks too wet,  add flour a tablespoon at a time until it looks OK.  Most of the time though, the above amounts should be just right.

I made mine with the bread machine set at medium crust.  It came out a little darker than I’d like.  The next time I’m going to use the light crust setting.

We found the crust to be extra flaky and the bread had a cake-like texture.  It was great!

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  1. Kristy Richardson

    Can you taste the pineapple flavor, or does it just give a nice bright acidity ot the bread? I bet this would be lovely with some dried cherries too, yum!

    1. Marsha

      I could taste the slightest bit of pineapple. I also noticed a little pineapple aroma. However the Man of the House didn’t notice it at all. We both noticed the distinctive cake-like texture of the bread. It’s very good.

  2. Flora

    Thanks for posting this recipe. My family loves King’s Hawaiian bread. I tried your recipe last night and everybody loved it. I did need to add 1 tablespoon of milk.

    I’m glad to have found your website and will be trying more of your recipes. Thanks!

  3. tiffany

    Can i halve the recipe for my 1-pound bread machine?

    1. Marsha

      Tiffany, It would seem like that should work, doesn’t it? It’s not that simple though. The yeast amount and the salt amount can be especially tricky.

      Let us know if you develop a one pound version though. I’m sure you’re not the only one with that question.

  4. Devane

    I just received my bread machine, it was a gift from a wonderful friend of mine, I am so excited to get to the store an buy flour an try some of your recipes,,, this is an adventure, all the pictures look so yummy, I will take one of my first loaf..i can hardly wait. I am glad i found your so very interesting website.

  5. Janice

    I made this bread but I felt like it was a little dense and I couldn’t taste much of the sweetness of the pineapple. Do you recommend any adjustments to the recipe? Thank you.

  6. Stephanie N

    I’m so excited to make this! Just checking: the two tablespoons milk, that’s just liquid milk? Not milk powder? It seems like it’s grouped with the non-liquid items, so I thought I should check. Thanks!

    1. Marsha

      Hi Stephanie – That’s liquid milk. I may need to reorder the items so I don’t confuse other people. Anyway, let me know how it turns out.

  7. linda

    Wonderful recipe. Great to make a ham sandwich and french toast. Yum!

    1. Marsha

      This would be great for a ham sandwich . . . OK, now I’m hungry. 🙂

  8. Maria

    Do you have to use whole milk or can I use 2%?

    1. Marsha

      Hi Maria, 2% should be fine.

  9. Roxane

    I don’t ever cook in my bread machine and I was wondering what temp and how long should this bread be cooked in oven after done in the bread machine…thanks….I tried another recipe (from another website) for Hawaiian bread and didn’t like it much…this one sounds so good I am anxious to try it out…..

    1. Marsha

      Hi Roxanne, While you’ve only baked bread in the oven, I’ve only baked bread in the machine. 🙂 Maybe you can use the baking instructions from the last recipe you tried. Or if anyone has ideas, feel free to leave a comment.

      1. Kathi

        I prefer to bake bread in the oven rather than the bread machine too. I haven’t tried this recipe yet (can’t wait!) but I usually bake my breads at 350* for 30 minutes.

        1. Marsha

          Kathi, Thanks for commenting. Let me know how it goes and if you have any tips on baking this in the oven.

  10. Diane

    The recipe sounds delicious. I want to try making it as rolls. My kids love making sliders on the small portions. Glad to have found your site!

  11. Maria

    Do you use the Bread Machine Yeast or can you use the packets of Rapid Rise Yeast?

    1. Marsha

      I’d use the bread machine yeast. For a rapid rise recipe you’d need a different amount of yeast.

      1. staceyjw

        Ah-ha. Couldn’t figure out why it didn’t rise right, but the different yeast is probably the culprit. I never used a bread maker, as it’s my neighbors. I wonder if I can find a conversion for the two types of yeast….

        It was STILL good. I am still eating all of it. Its just thick and dense- not a bad outcome.

  12. Maria

    Sorry for all the questions, but I am ready to make this finally. Your recipe calls for one egg..do you just put the egg in there or do you beat if first?
    Thank you

    1. Marsha

      Good question! I beat it.

  13. Stan S.

    My attempt at Hawaiian bread failed miserably; the yeast rose perhaps 10% and I am assuming now that the strength of the pineapple juice clobbered it. I tried watering down a concentrate but perhaps should have just used juice.

    1. Marsha

      Stan, I’m sorry it didn’t work out. Thanks for sharing what happened though. I’m sure you’ve saved others the same problem.

    2. Jess

      do you keep your yeast in the fridge or over the stove? this can mess it up. also, if your juice is cold, it would mess it up too. yeast is activated by heat and liquid, so if your ingredients are too cold it won’t activate, or if they are too warm it will kill it or activate it too much too soon. if you keep your yeast in a cabinet instead of the fridge, or be sure to pull it out so that it is room temp when it’s time to use it, that will help alot.

      1. Jen

        This is the first mention of letting my yeast warm up in a jar if I keep it in the fridge. I always seem to have lackluster results with all my yeast based endeavors. It’s warming up on the counter now, hopefully it will make this recipe better! Thanks for the suggestion!

  14. Katie

    Dry milk or milk milk?

    1. Marsha

      milk milk 🙂

  15. Nicole

    I don’t have a bread machine. Can this be adapted?

    1. Marsha

      I’m sure it can, but I don’t have much experience in that. Anyone else?

  16. Tammy

    I have my loaf in the machine now, as I was cleaning up, I noticed the thermometer on the counter and had an “oh crap” moment. I did not warm anything up! I did have to add more milk so I did heat that up. I am hoping that it works or I will have to make it again. I have the juice, egg and milk on the counter just in case. But you only said in your recipe to add ingredients as instructed so I forgot! Fingers crossed, I don’t have much faith this loaf will work but I will let you know!

  17. Liz

    So, here am I, Florida starch queen, hoping to impress w/my bread making skills, yet stumped by a simple problem. What kind of thermometer do I use to check temp of liquids to ensure yeast does it’s thing?

    1. Marsha

      Hey Liz, I’m actually not a great one to ask. My Zo preheats everything for me so I don’t use one. I did some research though and I think that something like this might work for you: CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer

      1. Mary

        Great suggestion Marsha. That’s the same thermometer I use and it hasn’t failed me yet. Its a quick reading..important when you dont’ want to lose heat…or get burned.

  18. john

    Would fat free milk work?

    What setting on the machine do you use on this? White bread?

    1. Marsha

      Hi John, I use the basic, white bread setting. If you have a crust setting, I’d recommend using the light setting. No worries though, if you don’t have that. And I think that fat free milk would work just fine.

      1. John


    2. Nikki

      I use fat free milk and I use the sweet setting on my bread machine. It always turns out yummy!

      I have it mixing right now. today I substituted 1/2 cup of coconut flour for 1/2 cup of regular flour. I had to add a few drops of milk to get the dough to the consistency it needs. I am making dinner rolls out of this recipe. I will let you know how it turns out.

      1. Marsha

        Sounds great! Yes, please let me know how it turns out.

  19. john

    Unbelievable! So good! I added two tablespoons of milk because it was looking a little dry. The extra milk may have deadened the pineapple taste a bit so I am going to try two tablespoons of pineapple juice instead.

    Seriously so good! Thanks!

  20. kristie

    My bread machine calls for dry milk so what do I do…

    1. Marsha

      Hi Kristie, Hmmmm . . . I wonder if your bread machine owners manual features recipes using dry milk. That doesn’t mean that you can’t use real milk in your machine. The only situation I can think of where it wouldn’t be OK to use milk would be if your machine has a timed starter. So you wouldn’t want to use milk if you added the ingredients and then the machine started making bread 10 hours later.

      1. Mary

        Kristie, mine calls for dry milk too, but I use regular milk and just adjust the recipe liquids. I haven’t had an issue yet…knock wood.

  21. Stacey Ervin

    Do you use the “Basic” bread setting for this? My machine has choices of types of settings along with crust colors.

    1. Marsha

      Hi Stacey, I’d use the basic setting and select light crust. I hope you like the bread!

  22. Barry

    All I can say is – YUM!

    My loaf was denser than the original – Why? How do you get a fluffier texture?

  23. Marsha

    Barry, I’m glad you liked it! I’m not sure what to say about the fluffier texture. Maybe using a milk with higher fat content might make a small difference, but I’m not sure.

  24. evelyn

    Anyone used this recipe to make hamburger buns?

  25. Mary

    What weight do you use for measuring your cup of flour?

    1. Marsha

      Hi Mary, I know that many people recommend weighing the flour. But to be honest, I don’t have the patience for that method. I just scoop it into the measuring cup and then use a knife to sweep off the excess.

  26. Texan99

    Evelyn there is a “homemade hamburger” recipe on Texas Recipes that is wonderful, makes 12 buns. I mix then in my bread machine and take it out to make into the rolls.

  27. Irene

    Hiya! This recipe looks scrumptious and I can’t wait to try it. Do you use active dry yeast or instant yeast?


    1. Marsha

      Great question. I use instant yeast.

      1. Robin

        But you can use the active dry yeast right?

        1. Marsha

          Hi Robin, I use instant yeast, but I’m sure this recipe could be done with active dry yeast. I’m not sure of the amount though. This website has some tips on that – https://meditationsandbread.com/2013/01/16/instant-yeast-versus-active-dry-and-how-to-substitute/ Let us know if you figure out how much active dry yeast to add and I’ll put that in the recipe.

  28. Brenda

    I tried your recipe. Delicious! I also made French toast after the bread was a few days old. Best French toast I have ever eaten. Thank you for sharing. Love your site.

    1. Marsha

      Brenda, I’m so glad you liked it! Now I want French toast . . . .

  29. Merelee Bernard

    I just made this on my new bread machine, wow, delist. I even added some fresh pineapple in my fruit and nut dispenser or follow your machine directions for add ins. Thank you, need recipes as great and easy as his one.

    1. Marsha

      Merelee, thanks so glad for sharing your experience. I’m glad you liked it!

  30. Steve

    I’m a novice with breadmakers, starting with a couple different used ones from the Salvation Army and Goodwill stores. This was the only Hawaiian sweet bread recipe that used pineapple juice. I tweaked it just a bit per your (or someone’s) suggestion by adding one teaspoon of milk. It’s just ridiculous how tasty and perfect this bread is! Thank you for you website and insight. 🙂

  31. Michelle

    I have a Zo BB-CEC20 and the first time I made this I ended up having to add a lot of liquid. We liked it, but it didn’t have that true Hawaiian bread flavor. The second time I made it I used a full cup of pineapple juice, a little more than 2 TBS of almond milk, and coconut oil instead of olive oil. It comes out perfect!!! I have made it this way several times and it comes out absolutely perfect, just like Hawaiian bread, every single time! 🙂 Thank you so much for the recipe and your website! 🙂

  32. Melissa

    Have this in my Zo right now can’t wait!

  33. Steve

    After trying a couple different used bread makers from the Salvation Army and Goodwill, I bought a Zo BB-CEC20 and I’m loving it. I make a loaf of some type of bread every 4-5 days but my favorite is still this Hawaiian sweet bread recipe. It seems like many of the breads i make are only really good for toast but this recipe is great for either sandwiches or toast.

    Thank you so much for this website and your recipe!

    ~ Steve

  34. Gloria

    I bake my loaf of 7 grains in the oven at 375F 35 minutes, but sweet breads has other ingredients, is better to bake the rolls and the loaf at 350F 30 minutes. Check the bread after 20 minutes, if it look’s golden brown, cover the last 10 minutes with aluminum foil. That prefent too much color.

  35. kendra

    On my first try the crust came out really tough. Any suggestions??

    1. Marsha

      If your machine has a “crust” setting you could try setting it on “light”.

  36. Karl

    I made this last week for the first time, it didn’t like it was Gona rise but it did and tasted great, makes really good sandwich bread

  37. Megan

    I’m allergic to pineapple but I really want to try making Hawaiian sweet bread. Any suggestions for substitutions for pineapple juice?

  38. Gypsy

    A little ginger added to this recipe is fabulous with the pineapple flavour. Also more pineapple works great too.

  39. Randy

    The Hawaiian Sweet Bread, do you use the basic setti9ng or the sweet setting on the bread machine.

    1. Marsha

      Hi Randy, Thanks for asking! Use the basic setting.

  40. Cindy Perry

    Hi Marsha,
    I know this is the Hawaiian bread recipe but I wanted to ask you about my banana bread. It came out a little gummy…could it be that all my ingredients were not room temperature?

    1. Marsha

      This is a great question. I think the “gummy” area is not quite cooked. I have the same trouble and that’s why there aren’t any banana bread recipes on the site. I haven’t found one that gets fully cooked in the bread machine. And that’s while using my Zo that preheats everything. I’ll let you know if I find a recipe that works on the bread machine, but so far no luck.

      1. Corinna

        It did not say in the beginning set on basic so I started like I’m making sweet bread hope it is ok too

        1. Marsha

          Corinna, thanks for leaving a comment. The basic setting is the one to use. I’ve added that to the recipe now.

  41. GW

    Great googly-mooglies! I am 52 and have been baking bread since I was a teenager. THIS recipe is the BEST and it’s the best flavored loaf of bread I have ever made. (BAR-NONE)
    I made 1 “change”……I switched out olive oil for “cooking grade” coconut oil (virgin coconut oil tastes like coconut……mine does not).
    I actually purchased ham for this yesterday because one reviewer said it makes the best ham sammies. I am going to put that to the test here ever so soon but am sure I will have curled toes from sheer happiness.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this!
    By the way……ANYONE buying pineapple juice for this: 1-6 ounce can of Dole pineapple juice is equal to 3/4 cups of juice.
    God Bless…….

    1. Marsha

      Thanks so much for the kind words. AND thanks or the tip about the coconut oil!

  42. Erica

    I made this a few days ago. it was good. my family thought it could use more sugar but they just want it to taste like Kings Hawiian bread.

    1. Marsha

      Thanks for leaving the recipe review! You’re right that it’s not as sweet as King’s.

  43. Richard Tripp

    Really good sandwich bread. I was trying to make the recipe as written but used 1 cup of pineapple juice in error. Added flour to compensate ~1/4 cup.

    Flour: Gold Medal Bread Flour
    Yeast: SAF Instant Gold (better for sweet or high acid breads) Straight from the freezer
    Pineapple Juice: Canned Del Monte
    Olive oil: Generic Walmart Extra Virgin

    Breadmaker: Hamilton Beach HomeBaker 29882

    Added ingredients as per directions from Hamilton Beach. Liquids first then dry ingredient and then the yeast. Nothing was warmed and the yeast was still frozen. Set up bread machine for 2lb loaf, sweet bread cycle, light crust.

    The bread rose to completely fill the machine — perfect — with good texture and great taste. I just finished a ham and extra sharp cheddar cheese sandwich with Jack Daniels mustard. Really really nice.

    Thanks for the recipe. It couldn’t have come out any better and will be made again and again.

    1. Marsha

      Thanks for sharing!

  44. Dania

    I will try this recipe this weekend. I am wondering, do you use a bread slicer and if so, which one?. I have bread knives at home and a bread slicer, but i feel like the slicer doesn’t work so great because the bread machine makes tall loaves. The bread knives work better, but it’s hard to get slices that have equal thickness from top to bottom. What are your thoughts?

    1. Marsha

      Dania, I use a bread knife. However, cutting even slices took some practice! The slices look fine now, but at the beginning the bread slices were a little wonky. 🙂

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