Bajan Sweet Bread

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This Barbados coconut sweet bread will leave you rushing for another slice. Be sure to try this recipe and share your thoughts with us after.

The best Bajan sweet bread is made with a light almond flavor, bits of dried fruit, and dried coconut.

Bajan sweet bread like most other breads is an enriched dough, and contains ingredients like sugar, eggs, milk, and butter to add flavor to the bread.

Sweet Bread Choices

There are some types of sweet bread such as the Hawaiian and the Portuguese sweet bread that I have tried but some people just like good old grandma fluffy sweet bread recipe.

When I make coconut sweet bread no one refuses, it’s just that good. This richly textured coconut bread is a traditional favourite of all Barbadians and a west Indian delicacy. My friends in St. Lucia love it along with bread rolls.

This traditional Barbados sweet bread is soft but not too soft as it’s also a little crumbly and delightfully eaten sometimes with cheese and served with hot tea; it can be buttered if you prefer.

Barbados Sweet Bread
Barbados Sweet Bread

2 1/2 cups grated coconut
1 1/2 cup melted butter
5 cups flour
2 tbs shortening
1 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup raisins
3 eggs beaten
1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
2 tbs mixed essence
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup of chopped cherries
6 glazed cherries slice in half to place top

Raisins and cherries are optional.


In a large mixing bowl add all of the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Melt the butter in a saucepan. In another bowl mix the coconut, the majority of the sugar – leave some back for covering the loaves later, raisins, cherries, eggs, milk, mix essence, nutmeg and melted butter.

Mix well until you have a creamy paste.

Add this to the bowl with the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until you form a stiff dough.

Now divide the mixture between the baking tins. you can make a line in center n pace coconut mix with nutmeg n sugar fold back together n place three cherries at the top. Now boil the water. Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar, with some hot water and brush the top of each loaf.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Leave to cool in tins before serving. When cooled slice and serve

Recipe Submitted by Good Old Bajan Cooking Group.

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