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Recipe - Bajan Sweet Bread

Makes approximately 3 medium sized breads

  • 2 lb self rising flour
  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • ¾ lb butter
  • ¼ lb shortening (optional)
  • 1 grated coconut (approx. 3 cups)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • Raisins (optional)
  • Cherries (optional)

sweetbreadPreheat oven to 350 degrees F.Mix all dry ingredients together (except fruit). Mix butter & shortening into mixture, using fingers, until mixture resembles large bread crumbs. Add fruit to mixture. Use enough liquid to bind mixture together. This could be coconut water, milk or just plain water. Knead dough for a few minutes. The longer you knead the dough, the firmer the bread becomes. Sweet bread is traditionally a firm bread, but some people like it soft & crumbly. The choice is yours. Grease & flour loaf pan. Fill pan halfway with dough. Place a slender line of coconut filling lengthwise down middle of dough. Put remaining dough on top. Cut light crisscross pattern on top with a knife for decoration. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

Coconut Filling (optional):

  • ½ cup grated coconut
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp essence
  • 2 tbsp water

Put all ingredients in small pan and place on low fire. Stir continuously for approximately 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.

 

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