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

  1. amber says:

    I made this today and it’s yummy…..but instead of white sugar I used 11/2 cup brown sugar.

  2. Roxanne says:

    Hello Chris, I came across 2 recipe in November last year when I wanted to try making coconut bread and I decided to try yours instead of the other because of the texture seen in the picture of yours and I am happy to say the bread came out soooooooooo good that I have been baking it every week for my family and sometimes friends. Thank you very much for this recipe. I must say though that I omit the eggs but the texture looks the same. moist and so delicious. To anyone wondering if they should try this one, stop wondering and try it now you would happy that you did.

    Thanks again Chris.

  3. Odel says:

    Excellent!!! God be my help I’m gonna try this today. Thanks Chris.

  4. sandra says:

    Made this with dry coconut from the store. Added coconut milk to the dry coconut to make it moist. This bread came out fantastic !

  5. Angie says:

    I tried it with the store bought dried coconut and it came out lovely

  6. Letisha says:

    Mr Chris i want to say that i tried your recipe for the first time using shredded sweet coconut flakes lol the very thing you said not to do and i’m here to tell you that the sweetbread came out real nice and so tasty it reminded me of my moms. Thanks so much for the recipe! Merry Christmas

  7. Angela Y says:

    Just made this recipie it came out really great.

  8. shirley Greenidge says:

    Try the coconut bread. It was delicious and very easy.

  9. Erline says:

    I never baked before, last Thursday I try this bread, it come our great, now it monday my husband ask me to bake again. Thanks .

  10. Angela says:

    I tried this it turned out perfect. However I used only half of the sugar in the recipie and it is sweet enough. Love it !!!

  11. QueenB says:

    Hi Chris, thanks so much for this recipe. One of the best coconut sweetbreads I have ever tasted is from Barbados. I am so excited! Believe me, I will try this recipe and let you know the results.

  12. Ann says:

    Hello Chris tried your coconut sweet bread recipe soooooo!good thanks.keep on cooking!

  13. mandy says:

    Hi chris ive tried a few attemots to make this for my bajan partner but the outside always goes very hard and he says its to hard what am I doing wrong

    • carl says:

      someone said that is burns on the outside. You need to lower the temperature on the stove. Not every oven is calibrated correctly. Maybe your oven dial says 325 but is actually cooking at 375, thus the bun bun. It happen to me too. Lower the temperature, longer cooking time, watch it to see that it does not burn and for done-ness. Also, for straight coconut bread only, then use six cups of coconut and forget about the raisins and other additions.

  14. Shauna Hall says:

    Hi Chris i am about to try your receipt i know how to bake sweetbread but i would like to try it a diffrent way like i am craving this good old bajan sweetbread.


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