Bajan Sweet Bread Recipe

Traditional Bajan sweet bread is delightful and 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
  • One tablespoon shortening
  • One tablespoon of baking powder
  • One teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • One egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
  • One teaspoon of almond essence


  1. Add all the flour, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  3. Mix the coconut and most of the sugar in another bowl – leave some back to cover the loaves later, raisins, egg, milk, almond essence, vanilla essence, and melted butter.
  4. Mix well until you have a creamy paste.
  5. Add this to the bowl with the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until you form a stiff dough.
  6. Now divide the mixture between the baking tins.
  7. Now boil the water.
  8. Mix two tablespoons of sugar with some hot water and brush the top of each loaf.
  9. Bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour.
  10. Leave to cool in tins before serving; slice and serve with a fresh pot of tea.

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