Truth is, I had some to-die-for coconut bread from a Rasta street vendor a few days ago and despite making forays into town every day since to find him again, I have not. So I decided to take matters into my own hands. It doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty easy* to make and coconut anything is Scott’s favorite thing in the world and I wanted to make him a little treat for when he came home. Plus, coconut bread is quintessentially Caribbean and I’m on a roll with this Caribbean cooking thing…
Here’s the recipe if you want a taste of the Caribbean in your home! This particular recipe yields a dense, DELICIOUS bread.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 6 Tbsps. soft margarine, melted
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 small coconut, peeled and grated
- 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
- 1. Preheat oven at 350°F/180°C
- 2. Sift dry ingredients in a bowl.
- 3. Combine sugar, beaten egg, coconut milk, melted margarine, vanilla, and grated coconut.
- 4. Scrape mixture into a greased loaf pan and shape as best you can with a spatula.
- 5. Bake for 30 minutes or until done (when you can prick it with a toothpick and it comes out clean).
Thanks to the Caribbean Choice website for this recipe which I altered a bit to suit our tastes!
Brittany & Scott
* Except grating the coconut!! That is NOT easy and takes a lot of time. You will break a sweat and may or may not lose a finger in the process. Fresh is best, but I’m sure you can buy pre-shaved coconut if time is an issue or you just don’t feel up to the chore.