Bajan Sweet Bread Recipe
This traditional Bajan cake is delightful served with hot tea; it can be buttered if preferred.
You will need the following ingredients:
» 2 1/2 cups grated coconut
» 1/2 cup melted butter
» 4 cups flour
» 1 tablespoon shortening
» 1 tablespoon baking powder
» 1 teaspoon salt
» 3/4 cup sugar
» 1 cup raisins
» 1 egg, beaten
» 1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
» 1 teaspoon almond essence
In large mixing bowl add all of the flour, baking powder, and salt. Melt the butter in a saucepan. In another bowl mix the coconut, the majority of the sugar - leave some back for covering the loaves later, raisins, egg, milk, almond essence, vanilla essence and melted butter. Mix well until you have a creamy paste. Add this to the bowl with the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until you form stiff dough.
Now divide the mixture between the baking tins. Now boil the water. Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar, with some hot water and brush the top of each loaf.
Bake in the centre of the oven for 1 hour. Leave to cool in tins before serving. When cooled slice and serve with a fresh pot of tea.
Author: Brett Callaghan
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My grandparents were born in Barbados, and my grandmother made coconut bread, and coo-coo. My mom never got the recipes, I just returned from Barbados, and purchased 3 loafs... also, a coconut pastry. Please add more receipes. thank you
Date: Jul 23, 2013
By: Shirley Goulden
All lovely Bajan recipes which I'll try. I was looking for a recipe for Pone, would appreciate if you have one.
Date: May 21, 2013
Why has someone not corrected this recipe, most of the comments say that it is wrong.
Please correct ASAP!!!
Date: Dec 20, 2012
So, I am in 6th grade and we did a Latin America Project and I got Barbados. I had to make a food and chose this recipe...in was looking at the comments and saw it was the wrong recipe! This recipe turned into a stale tasting muffin.
Date: May 10, 2012
My grandmother was born and raised in Barbados. She used to make a bread she called coconut bread. But it was in small kinda round balls that had pieces of coconut in them. She never made it in a loaf. Would you happen to have a recdipe for this.
Date: May 10, 2012
By: barbados lover
i think there is a mix in the amount of ingreidents because that is alot of flour and water
Date: Apr 28, 2012
By: harry k
I am not a pro but I do know this recipe is definitely not appealing .
Date: Feb 5, 2012
By: puddin in tane
why are you taking so long to change this recipe.
Date: Jan 2, 2012
wow it is so hard to get a recipie...I am a Canadian Bajan doing her first christmas withou moms help and even I can see this recipe won't work someone please help!!!
Date: Dec 22, 2011
This is a totally wrong bajan sweet bread.
Date: Dec 15, 2011
I see many people posting that this recipe is incorrect. Can someone please post a correct recipe? I am visiting my family for Christmas and would love to take a loaf of sweet bread with me. Thank you!!!
Date: Dec 11, 2011
We had to add a ton of water to make it dough. We wasted all of our money of 5lbs of flour and 4 cups of water for a glaze!?!
Date: Nov 21, 2011
Please provide the correct recipe....
Date: Nov 9, 2011
By: L Walkes
I like most of the readers know this recipe is incorrect for Sweet Bread. Several Bajan in N.Y bake a nice sweet bread. e.g Pride and joy 89th and Ave N, Bklyn. Cookspur restuarant, Nostrand & St.John' Pl, Bklyn, Allen's bakery, Nostrand near Maple St. Brooklyn.
Date: Jul 8, 2011
By: Marcia Drayton
Pleeeeease correct or remove this recipe. It is very embarassing as a bajan, especially for such a website to promote this recipe for all the world to see!!!!!. May I offer my recipe?
Date: Apr 28, 2011
this is not totally bajan this is messed up
sugar ratio to flour is wrong, the water and milk protion can be either or but less water, no spice. not a bajan sweet bread. sounds more like unsweetened pone...@ frangipangi u can put eggs in sweet bread.... is this recipe a joke so that the person can learn how to make sweet bread by our comments...lol thinker
Date: Feb 4, 2011
Very misleading for a first timer. Too much flour and where is the nutmeg and spice or cinnamon.A really good spruce up would be to add some mixed peel to the recipe and oh! set aside some coconut add a little nutmeg,spice sugar essence mix it all together and place a a little in the middle of each bread before you bake. DELICIOUS.
Date: Jan 23, 2011
What about nutmeg and allspice? The ingredients are completely wrong, I say WRONG!!!!
Date: Dec 31, 2010
By: Eilda Blackman
That recipe is so wrong i make the best sweet bread in Barbados and i have never seen a recipe like that.
Date: Nov 16, 2010
This recipe is completely incorrect. Please don't try it. You'll have a huge mess on your hands. 5 lbs of flour!!!
Date: Sep 4, 2010
With all the comments that indicate the posted recipe is clearly incorrect, why has it not been taken down? I agree that the quantities are off. Stuuupppsssss!!!!
Date: Dec 17, 2009
First, there are no eggs in coconut bread. Second, some of the coconut, sugar and mixed essence (not vanilla) is set aside. At the time, vanilla essence was too expensive, so we had to mek do wid de mix one. They really should redo and rewrite dis one.
If ya lookin fa a good sweet bread and ya in Brooklyn,check out de Bajan Cafe on Schenectady and E New York Avenue.
Date: Oct 17, 2009
By: Bob Salton
I believe it is 5 cups flour NOT 5 lbs
recipe is wrong...for sure
Date: Sep 21, 2009
That recipe has a problem.
Please have the " COOK" review it again.
Date: Jun 17, 2009
no good recipe
Date: Jun 12, 2009
By: Mr M
Strange recipie ill try it anyway.
Date: Jun 9, 2009
I agree with the other posters. Something seems wrong with this recipe. I think I'll pass thank you. But I really love bajan sweetbread. Can't find it here in NY.
Date: Feb 9, 2009
Did you say 4 CUPS of WATER???? Never!
Date: Nov 15, 2008
By: Mrs H
The ratio of flour to sugar seems wrong. Should be more like 1 lb sugar to 11/2 lb flour, with 1/2 lb butter or margarine and 3/4 cup of water.
Date: Jun 28, 2008
By: Mrs P
This seems like a big mistake... I will just have to try it in Barbados to see if it really is worth the trouble.
Date: May 19, 2008
Is it really 5 pounds of flour?
Date: Apr 3, 2008
seems like you switched the sugar and water amounts
Date: Feb 10, 2007
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