Conkies are a favorite with every Barbadian family and are made traditionally in November to celebrate Independence.
They are quite heavy so you won’t need more than one per person.
Please find details below on how to make this Bajan treat.
You will need:
» Sharp knife
» Large mixing bowl
» Fresh green Banana leaves
» 2 cups of corn flour
» ½ cup plain flour
» 6oz of margarine or lard
» 1 egg
» 1 cup of whole milk
» I tsp salt
» 1lb brown sugar
» 4oz raisins
» 1 tsp of spice
» 1 tsp of almond essence
» ¼ Pumpkin
» Sweet potato
» Take your fresh green banana leaves and strip the leaves from the stalk with a sharp knife, then you need to singe the leaves over a naked flame just long enough to make them pliable.
» Now tear your leaves into squares big enough to wrap your conkie mixture into.
» Next you will need to grate your pumpkin, coconut and sweet potato into a large mixing bowl.
» Next add your raisins, sugar, salt, spice, almond essence, nutmeg, corn flour and plain flour and mix it all together.
» Beat your egg and add that to the mixing bowl.
» Now you can add your milk and margarine or lard, the mixture should now be stiff to mix.
» Now place a few dollops of mixture on each banana leaf and fold the leaf around the mixture.
» Now place your conkies on the steamer and cook until firm.
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For those who are Bajans remember that lard wasn't always available so a cup of cooking oil will also work.I would suggest not using eggs.The taste of Conkies will always bring back memories of Barbados and Mom working all night long folding leaves.No leaves here so use foil paper cut in 8 by 8 squares.
Date: Feb 15, 2013
Is "spice" allspice?
Date: Feb 10, 2013
i am a bajan, no milk no eggs, but you can try if you please
Date: Jan 2, 2013
I grew up seeing granny and my mom using evaporated milk when making conkies. It helps to keep them moist and nice especially if you refrigerate them. Without the milk the conkies will have a dry finish. Eggs can be optional but be careful it is adviseable to eat all of them as soon as posssible if you make them using eggs
Date: Dec 24, 2012
I am a Bajan woman, and have NEVER seen milk, or eggs used in Bajan Conkies.
Date: Dec 6, 2012
If you do not have a steamer, you can use the shank of the banana or fig leaf by cutting them in pieces to fit into the pot. then add water beiow the level of the shanks in the pot and there you have your steamer.
Date: Nov 18, 2012
I am a Grenadian. I have watch and later assisted my grandmother in making conkie. I now make it quite often. There is no milk and no eggs.
Date: Aug 12, 2012
By: Beverley Marsh
I am a proud Barbadian and i make conkies but i never used milk but this time i would try it with milk and see if it makes a different.
Date: Nov 26, 2011
ive made conkis lots of time, its one of my favourite deserts ive tried it many different ways, what i would tell u guys is there are no one ways of making this delecious desert.egge, milk and potatoes are optional,personally i never put coconut husk i only use d coconut milk after i strained it.it is a delight every one should try conkies . enjoy
Date: Apr 22, 2011
For persons who are not able to make their own conkies, is there any place in barbados that I can purchase some delicious ones, Thanks
Date: Dec 11, 2010
I agree with James. Everyone has their own preference. Milk can be added to conkies. Its a matter of choice. The end result with be the same great tasting conkies. If you've not tried it, then don't knock it.
Date: Oct 20, 2010
I think that persons making comments should think before making them. Each chef have thier own way of cooking. Back in the days certain ingredients were not available. No problem with making some changes if the product has the same outcome. I'm sure those commiting did not try the recipe.
Date: Mar 31, 2010
. . . and also
egg very optional !!!
Date: Jan 5, 2010
thnx 4 de recipe. any bajan food does water my taste buds.bigup bajans
i is a bajan too and my grandmudda is mek conkies wid milk too,
1. grated ingredients mixed together
2. dry ingredients all mixed together and well combined
4. butter or margarine slowly
melted over low heat
5. milk and water added to melted fat
6. pour liquid into other combined ingredients and mix until smooth and pliable
7. raisins (optional). wash and dry well with crepe paper or kitchen towel
8. sift flower over raisins (to prevent from sinking to the bottom of the "dough)
>more or less milk in preference of water
>more or less butter or marg in preference for more or less lard
>more or less water in preference of milk
> essence of any sort what is available
>wheat flour or rye or grounded musli (crushed in mortar)
>raisins more or less or none.
LOTS n LOTS of yummy)))))
Date: Jan 5, 2010
Sorry, but I have to agree with Sandra. NO MILK. However, I tried this recipe without milk and it was tasteful.
Date: Mar 7, 2009
By: sandra clarke
Barbados conkies don't have in milk I am a born bajan and i never see milk in conkies yet.
Date: Dec 28, 2008
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