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

  1. Gella says:

    Hi Chris – I Lurve your recipes, just made chicken pelau and sweetbread. Luv you lots! Keep up the good work, you’ve bought a ray of sunshine to my home in London.

  2. judith lord says:

    Hi Chris I love checking out your website I left home since 1969 and at times I hunger for the taste of home there is nothing like it when ever there is a need I always go to your website to get a refresher course I am in heaven when I am fixing my Trinidad dishes. Love everything you dishes up. Happy happy holidays.

  3. Debra says:

    This recipe rocks…. I’m bajan have never made sweetbreads in my life, used this recipe wow, I made 150 breads in a 3 day period , did the recipe by 4 . I used margarine instead of butter , believe it or not dried unsweetened coconut soaked it in milk was perfect, I used brown cane sugar , cranberries instead of mixed fruit and I cut the sugar by a quarter, and this recipe still was perfect.

  4. Dee says:

    Hi Chris,I made your coconut bread and I have to say it was awesome, I mix the ingredients in my mixer and I used cranberry instead of mix peel,I also add 3 tablespoon of original sour cream to the evaporated milk and it came out so moist. Thank you so much.. Ps.. It was my first time making it..

  5. Kathy-Ann Bullard-Charles says:

    I followed the recipe and the sweetbread came out just perfect, ( and it’s my 1st attempt too). So now I don’t need to ask my Aunt to bake for me. Thanks Chris.

  6. Riiba says:

    Chris I just love this recipe…i use it all the time! A cup of coffee and sweetbread is heaven for me!!

  7. its in the oven right now I forgot to put extract in it I’m allergic to almonds and I was going to put in the mixed essence but forgot to put that in so hopefully it will still tastes great… much for helping me reconnecting some of the flavors from my childhood in Trinidad.

  8. Vashti says:

    Really great, this was welcomed by me and the pictures looked so good to. thanks

  9. Brenda says:

    Looks tasty

  10. Allison says:

    I have tried several recipes and this is by far the best. Thanks

  11. Meera says:

    This is the most amazing and perfect sweetbread recipie…I am sure my husband loves me a little bit more everytime I make a batch!!!

  12. Alicia Melina Singh says:

    Thank you Chris for sharing your recipes with us. I have used your recipe for Sweet bread on several occasions and it is excellent. I have also done the Oven Roasted Pork,Hops bread and I”m eternally grateful to you. Keep up the awesome work you are doing. Happy holidays to you and your family and God’s richest blessings also.

  13. sherry says:

    add a bit of freshly grated ginger!

  14. Renee Sobers says:

    I want to say that I cooked my Turkey with the recipe given and made the Turkey tender and very tasty. I also made a pork roast and use the ingredients also and put it a slow cooker while the Turkey was cooking in the over and boy oh boy the best tasting Thanksgiving. My parents are from Trinidad and Barbados. Thanks again

  15. Ms. DOXY says:

    Just great. I love the taste of real coconut. This was a great reminder of Christmas in T’dad.


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