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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.


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Visitor Rating: 4.45 from 11 users
Information Assumed Accurate On: May 5, 2012
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By: Mina
Your sweetbread recipe is incorrect, it's missing a lot of ingredients
Date: Sep 13, 2016

By: Monica
Seemso like many families have their own version of sweet breads and all slightly different. One size don't fit all, if there's ingredients omitted that u like surely just add them,likewise omit those u don't. Not very supportive to critise people who are simply sharing their own family recepies
Date: Sep 11, 2016

By: Malik K
I'm a novice making coconut bread for the second time. I confused this site with the original site I used due to the bajan colors in the background.

Whether or not the ingredients used are correct are not, I do not know. However the fact that in the ingredients you list several things that you do not mention in the recipe, that you mention things in the recipe that you do not have in the ingredients, and that you don't specify basic things like temperatures really threw me off.

Please correct this recipe for others beginners who might stumble upon this site.
Date: Jan 4, 2016

By: Charlize
I am horrified at the rude comments!

If you think you have a better recipe, post it. It is obnoxious to criticize and say it is no good without offering up what's better!

The comments here make Bajans sound like people you don't want to meet, which is not the case!!!
Date: Dec 26, 2015

By: Phyllis
I found this while searching for an alternate recipe to my Coconut bread. I will not use this recipe but I sure enjoyed reading all the comments. We Bajans sure are an outspoken bunch and have a blatant sense of humour. I Love it!
Date: Dec 18, 2015

By: Kathy-Ann
I followed this recipie for 2 years now & it came out great!!!! Everyone loved it !!! I'm not sure what the other folks are doing wrong, but this recipie works. I have received great reviews from fellow Bajans..
Date: Dec 8, 2015

By: Bickley
Please note this sweet bread, coconut bread got coconut center made with ground coconut mixed essence nutmeg and allspice and Bajan sugar .T
Date: Sep 17, 2015

By: Kay Corbier
This is a poor excuse for sweet bread. I have my family recipe in my head and came on here to check ratios and was appalled. Where are the spices?! Where is the sugar cake like mixture for the centre? Someone needs to fix this recipe. I hate to imagine what this must taste like.
Date: Aug 10, 2015

By: Shelly
Flat and tasteless
Date: Jul 30, 2015

By: Candice Goddard
To whom it may concern there are some errors in this recipe which require correction, for example you've mixed up almond essence and vanilla essence and you didn't mention any water on the ingredients list but somehow told us to boil it in the instructions. You might like to consider editing the recipe.
Date: Jul 10, 2015

By: Joseph
None of these recipes state the required temperature of the oven
Date: Feb 7, 2015

By: Gail
This recipe is off by far. There is nothing about this recipe that arouses the tastebuds.
Date: Oct 26, 2014

By: Judi
i married a Bajan, this is his Ma's recipe she gave me...its quite a dense loaf but delicious:

1 1/3 cups white sugar
1 cup butter/margarine
2 eggs (beat the eggs and add to mixture 1 by 1)
1 tsp almond essence
2-3 cups grated coconut
6 cups flour ( or as much as you can work into the batter comfortably)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup coconut milk, i use a whole tin
1 cup seedless raisins
1 cup glace cherries cut into 1/2s

beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy
add the almond essence and eggs beat until blended
add all the remaining ingredients, alternating wet and dry in order to mix and finish mixing with wooden spoon until batter is well blended

grease and flour 2 loaf pans, fill pans almost to top
bake 325 for 45 - 60 minutes
loaves are done when split on top and skewer inserted in center comes out clean and dry.

a heavy dense loaf perfect with a cup of sweet tea
Date: Sep 23, 2014

By: GG
where is the spice and nutmeg
Date: Sep 23, 2014

By: Brenda
Your mixture says vanilla but you don't have how much of it to put in since you don't have it listed on the recipe list. Now I'm in the middle of my bread and I have no idea of how much vanilla to put in. Next time try your own recipe first.
Date: Jul 16, 2014

By: diane williams
the amount of coconut is too much for the amount of flour,unless you're gonna use some as a filling.
Date: Jun 24, 2014

By: Carol
I like this recipe. Very close to mine. Coconut bread should always have shortening

Date: Mar 15, 2014

By: Carol
I like this recipe. Very close to mine. Coconut bread should always have shortening

Date: Mar 15, 2014

By: sandy
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

By: shariyfah
Why has someone not corrected this recipe, most of the comments say that it is wrong.
Please correct ASAP!!!
Date: Dec 20, 2012

By: Georgai
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

By: Dee
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

By: ellen
This is a totally wrong bajan sweet bread.
Date: Dec 15, 2011

By: Trotty
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

By: Bob
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

By: LoreenTappin
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

By: destiny
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

By: Agnes
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

By: Chacha
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

By: ros
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

By: BajanAlways
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

By: Frangipani
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

By: Frannie
That recipe has a problem.
Please have the " COOK" review it again.
Date: Jun 17, 2009

By: Oliver
no good recipe

Date: Jun 12, 2009

By: Mr M
Strange recipie ill try it anyway.
Date: Jun 9, 2009

By: Eurica
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

By: Val
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

By: Mary
Is it really 5 pounds of flour?
Date: Apr 3, 2008

By: Judy
seems like you switched the sugar and water amounts
Date: Feb 10, 2007

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