Bajan Sweet Bread (Barbados)

"A sweet coconut bread with a light almond flavor and little bits of dried fruit. Eat a slice as a snack, dessert, or as toast for breakfast. The bread is a little crumbly (like banana bread,) and absolutely delicious! from"
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
2 loaves




  • Preheat the oven to 350*F and lightly grease a bread pan. The original recipe calls for 2 bread pans, but the bread doesn't rise at all so it bakes nicely in one pan.
  • In a mixer cream together the brown sugar, shortening and butter.
  • Add flour, salt, grated coconut, raisins, cherries, nutmeg and mix well.
  • Stir in almond extract, evaporated milk, and water, until a firm dough is formed. (You may need to add additional water.).
  • Split the dough evenly between the two pans, and use a knife to cut a diagonal criss-cross pattern on the top of each loaf. Sprinkle 1 tbsp turbinado sugar over the top of each loaf.
  • Bake for about 1 hour, until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaves comes out clean (Or a digital thermometer reads 190*F.) Cool completely in the pans before removing.

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  1. I followed the instructions to the letter and it was spot on!! Thank you very much! It was very tasty, OMG!
  2. Great flavor..requires more flour..I used 5 cups of flour and 1 full cup of sugar... other wise.. really good
  3. The main ingredients are great but the recipe as is comes out too soft (almost mushy) and requires more flour. Sweet bread should be on the tougher side. I also added a bit of baking powder which turned out nice.
  4. A slice of this with our afternoon tea was delightful. Very good flavor. I will make this again. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  1. I made the Bajan coconut sweet bread, it's a great receipt
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  2. I did not Tweak but I did bake in one pan, not two.



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