Sunday, October 16, 2011

Caribbean Coconut Bread

For someone who doesn't like to cook, I sure am whipping up a lot of goodies these days, aren't I?

Truth is, I had some to-die-for coconut bread from a Rasta street vendor a few days ago and despite making forays into town every day since to find him again, I have not.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands.  It doesn't hurt that it's pretty easy* to make and coconut anything is Scott's favorite thing in the world and I wanted to make him a little treat for when he came home.  Plus, coconut bread is quintessentially Caribbean and I'm on a roll with this Caribbean cooking thing...

Here's the recipe if you want a taste of the Caribbean in your home!  This particular recipe yields a dense, DELICIOUS bread.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 6 Tbsps. soft margarine, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 small coconut, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (optional)

  1. Preheat oven at 350°F/180°C
  2. Sift dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Combine sugar, beaten egg, coconut milk, melted margarine, vanilla, and grated coconut.
  4. Scrape mixture into a greased loaf pan and shape as best you can with a spatula.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until done (when you can prick it with a toothpick and it comes out clean).

Thanks to the Caribbean Choice website for this recipe which I altered a bit to suit our tastes!

Brittany & Scott

* Except grating the coconut!!  That is NOT easy and takes a lot of time.  You will break a sweat and may or may not lose a finger in the process.  Fresh is best, but I'm sure you can buy pre-shaved coconut if time is an issue or you just don't feel up to the chore.


Anonymous said...

I think it's time for you to start putting together a "Cruising Caribbean Cookbook"! The three C's of Sea!
Ok, you'll need to work on the title too! ;-)

GalleySwap said...

I just made this. Sans the raisins as well and I used coconut oil. Hard to get fresh coconuts here in the Pacific Northwest so I opted for the lazy route and used grated coconut out of a bag. A new favorite around here! Thanks for the great idea!

Sorcerer33 said...

Can't wait to try this.

Anonymous said...

When you say coconut milk- can you use the milk from the fresh coconut? I see there's a tin in the photo, so just curious!

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