Jamaican Coco Bread
3 tbsps. dry yeast
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tbsp. salt
1 1/2 cups butter
2 cups milk
12 cups flour
1. Dissolve the dry yeast in 3 cups of warm water, adding salt and sugar after the yeast is dissolved. Let stand for about 5 minutes until foamy.
2. Warm the 2 cups of milk with the butter. Do not boil. Add mixture to the yeast.
3. Slowly stir in the flour, one cup at a time until dough is formed and it leaves the sides of the bowl.
4. Lightly flour the table and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth. Let rest for 10 minutes.
5. Cut grapefruit-sized pieces of the dough and roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness.
6. Butter the entire circle with a pastry brush dipped in softened butter.
7. Fold in half and then in half again. Use fingers to make indentations in the dough.
8. Let rise until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees F until golden.
9. Brush the tops with butter as soon as they come out of the oven.
Makes 24 coco breads.
Recipe and Photo by Jennifer Mullings
Green Banana and Saltfish Salad
Green Banana and Saltfish Salad
- 2 tablespoons cane vinegar
- 8 small green bananas (slit the skin of the banana)
- 5 ounces/125 g. prepared saltfish
- 1 onion, sliced in rings
- 1 spring onion, chopped
- 2 ½ ounces/70 g. green chives, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, de-seeded and finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Juice from one lime
- 4 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- Ripe avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped into one-inch pieces
- Freshly ground black pepper
1. Drop one tablespoon of vinegar into a large pot of salted water (this prevents the bananas from turning black). When the water boils, add the bananas and cook for 20 minutes, or until tender.
2. Meanwhile prepare the saltfish (see below.)
3. Drain the bananas and leave until dry enough to handle. Peel the skin from the banana and cut into cubes.
4. Put fish, banana, onion, spring onion and olives in a bowl. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and then toss with the saltfish and banana mixture.
5. Sprinkle with black pepper to taste, chill for at least an hour before serving so that flavours can blend and develop.
PREPARATION OF SALT FISH
Use dried salt fish (usually cod) or smoked red herring. Rinse the dried saltfish under cold tap water then place in a pan full of water and bring to boil. Drain and cool, remove skin (if any). Using two forks or your fingers, flake into small pieces, making sure to remove any bones.
Otaheite apple is native to the Pacific Islands and is called Pomerac or Malacca Apple in other parts of the Caribbean.
Photo by Carlington Wilmot
Breadfruit & Breadfruit Flour Recipes
If you’re not living in the tropics, look for breadfruit in Caribbean, Asian stores and Latin stores.
LEARN MORE about breadfruit and breadfruit flour.
Breadfruit & Coconut Ginger Spiced Bun
Prep time: 20 mins Cook time:45 mins Total time: 1 hour 5 mins Serves: 8-10
2 tbsps. melted margarine
2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tsps. browning
2 medium eggs (beaten)
1 1/2 cups dark sugar
2 cups breadfruit flour
2 cups regular flour
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. mixed spice
2 tsps. grated ginger
1/4 cup grated coconut
1/4 lb. mixed fruit, chopped
1/4 lb. raisins, soaked
- Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
- Soak raisins in water and set aside.
- In a small sauce pot, melt margarine and allow to cool.
- Mix together in a medium mixing bowl all dry ingredients.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until foamy, add vanilla, and water. Stir in the sugar and mix until all the granules dissolve.
- Gradually add liquids to dry ingredients. Mix until smooth.
- Fold in chopped mixed fruits, raisins, grated coconut and grated ginger.
- Pour batter into a greased loaf pan, 12”x4”x3”, lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Glaze and leave to cool before slicing.
1. Combine 2 tablespoons honey with melted butter and bring to a boil.
2. Remove from flame and use a pastry brush to apply over the surface of the bun.
NOTE: To make it gluten-free, replace the regular flour with almond flour.
Get more recipes, tips, tricks and tasty treats made with Breadfruit Flour in the March 2016 issue of JamaicanEats magazine
Breadfruit Gingersnap Cookies (Recipe Below)
Ginger Snap Cookies
- 1 3/4 cups toasted breadfruit flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
- 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
- Combine first 6 ingredients in medium bowl; whisk to blend. Mix in crystallized ginger. Using electric mixer, beat brown sugar and butter in large bowl until fluffy. Add egg and molasses and beat until blended. Add flour mixture and mix just until blended. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter 2 baking sheets. Spoon sugar in thick layer onto small plate. Using wet hands, form dough into 1 1/4-inch balls; roll in sugar to coat completely. Place balls on prepared sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.
- Bake cookies until cracked on top but still soft to touch, about 12 minutes. Cool on sheets 1 minute. Carefully transfer to racks and cool.
Makes about 30 cookies.
Can be made 5 days ahead.
Store airtight at room temperature.
Recipe by Monica Fox
Find out more about the Trees That Feed Foundation (TTFF), the organisation behind the breadfruit flour industry in Jamaican and Haiti. Also get some of their recipes. www.treesthatfeed.org
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