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How to make coconut sweet bread.

trinidad sweet breadMy grandmother seems to posses the “sweet-hand” for making a killer coconut sweetbread and though I’ve never formally asked her to share it with me, I’ve been playing around with developing a recipe to try and match hers. However with her 94 years of experience, I doubt I’ll ever be able to come close to equaling hers. This morning I started off the day GRAND… with a large cup of tea and a couple slices of fresh-baked coconut sweet bread and it took me right back to my child hood.

You’ll Need…

4 1/2 cups flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup mixed fruit (cherry, orange peel etc)
1/2 cup sultana or raisins
3 cups coconut, grated (not dried or sweetened)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
2 eggs, well-beaten
3/4 cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons almond essence
1/2 lb butter (2 sticks) melted and cooled.

* If you don’t have the mixed fruit, use: 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherry and 1/2 cup mixed peel.

In a large mixing bowl put the flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking powder… using a whisk, work a few times to incorporate the dry ingredients.

trinidad coconut sewwtbread

Then add the mixed fruit, grated coconut, raisins and sugar and whisk together. It will become a bit lumpy as the mixed fruit will be a bit wet.

trinidad sweetbread recipe

trini coconut sweet bread

The final step is to whisk the 2 eggs in a small bowl and add the milk as well as the melted butter and almond essence, then pour into the main bowl with everything else.

coconut sweetbread

how to make coconut sweet bread

While we work the mixture preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Now using a cooking spoon or fork, work the batter until everything is incorporated into a batter (it will be almost cookie dough like) and not like a cake or bread batter. Don’t try to knead like you would normal bread. I really wish I had a pic to show you what the dough would look like, but my camera’s battery died and I couldn’t allow the dough to sit. It will be wet, heavy, sticky and very hard to work with the spoon.

Now all we need to do is grease your bread pans and pour in enough mixture about 3/4  the depth of the pan. You’ll need 2 pans. When your oven is ready place the 2 pans on the middle rack and allow to bake for about 60 minutes. At about 50 minutes I would recommend that you do a toothpick test by placing a toothpick in the middle of the bread and removing. If it’s clean when you remove it, the bread is cooked in the middle. If you find that the toothpick comes out with dough stuck to it, it means you’ll have to cook it a bit longer.

coconut sweet bread recipe

To add a nice touch, remove from the oven when done cooking all the way though. Then in a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon warm water and 1 tablespoon sugar to form a glaze. Using this glaze, brush the bread and then sprinkle the top with some sugar and place back in the oven from about 5 minutes.

Remove from the pans and allow to cool before cutting. When you cut the coconut bread you will notice that it will not cut clean and will crumble.. this is natural!

trini sweet bread recipe

trinidad coconut sweetbread recipe

coconut sweet bread

Tip 1: When the coconut sweetbread is cooled, I would recommend that you wrap with plastic wrap to seal it off from air or it will dry up and become very crumbly.

Tip 2. Since there’s fresh grated coconut this bread can go bad relatively fast. I would leave it on the counter for about 3 days and after that store in the fridge for a few days more. However, I’m sure you’ll find that this bread won’t last long as your family will devour it very fast.

* I was tempted to use the shredded coconut you can get in the baking section of the grocery store, but was advised against it. As I was told the end product would not be as good as using fresh grated coconut. However if you do use the store bought shredded coconut and use it for this recipe, I’d love to know about your end results. BTW, make sure you use the finest shred you can get if this is your only option. (maybe you can pre-soak the shreaded coconut in the milk if you don’t have access to fresh grated coconut.)

Happy Cooking.


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115 Responses to “How to make coconut sweet bread.”

  1. Jean Gordon says:

    Hi Chris:
    This sounds great! I have to try this soon! Thank you for posting this recipe; I have been looking for a recipe like this one for years, so as soon as I make it I will tell you how it came out, but surely I will be using freshly grated coconut! Keep up the good work!


    Jean Gordon.

  2. Jenny says:

    I tried this and it was great. Thank you

  3. Oliver Moe says:

    I been trying to find Jamaican beef pattys and I guess im looking in all the wrong places

  4. Sharon says:

    I made it with store shreded coconut and it came out great

  5. Glen says:

    Been looking for this recipe for the longest while

  6. Vonda says:

    I made this for my bajan boyfriend . It came out well except I used a glass pan it took forever to bake at 325

  7. nikki says:

    Hi chris,
    I have searched high and low for a good Trini sweet bread recipe! I am happy to say that I have finally found what I was looking for! This sweet bread was super easy to make and made the kitchen warm with the spicy nutty aroma! The taste was heavenly
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. Angela says:

    Do. I need. To use eggs

  9. Jay says:

    Hey Chris, I just came across this sweet bread recipe and I have to say this is a great recipe because I used the things I had on hand and it came out great. I am accustom to sweet bread with fresh grated coconut. So these are the things that I used (1) coconut flour and added coconut milk to it before mixing it into the flour. (2) self rising flour and added two teaspoons of baking powder. (3) for the fruit raisins and craisins. Your sweet bread was so tempting I had to try it now. Next time I will try it with the fresh grated coconut.

  10. Pat says:

    I used the grated coconut from the supermarket and it was perfect, I did not taste any different than if I had used fresh grated coconut……

  11. Charleen says:

    This is a truly authentic Bajan sweetbread recipe! Thanks for posting this!

  12. Michelle K says:

    Hey Chris this is great. Instead of the fruits you use, I sometimes add some of the leftover fruits that I soaked for my Christmas cake. Adds a bit more moisture to it, so you can reduce liquid a tad. The flavours are lovely depending on what you soaked the fruits in.


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