Coconut Sweet Bread

My mother-in- law makes a mean Coconut sweet bread that rivals that of St Mary’s Bakery. In fact, when I first tasted her sweet bread I thought someone bought it, and probably St Mary’s Bakery in Curepe had a new baker for its sweet bread. Man, it was that good; so good that I had to get her recipe. But more on that later, because I just have to talk about my grandmother’s love affair with coconut.

A Love Affair with All Things Coconut

My grandmother loved coconut. It was as if she waited for us to visit so she could make those wonderfully sweet delectable desserts and snacks. So, she often made tooloom, sugar cake, coconut ice cream, sucker bag (coconut flavour of course), coconut drops and coconut sweet bread. Those were our “sweet snacks”, totally different from all those shop sweets and shop cakes nowadays. Everything we snacked on then was homemade. We could have counted the ingredients, used for the sweets, on our hands. Of all the snacks, I really liked coconut sweet bread, especially with a nice glass of pineapple juice.

The Favourite Coconut Sweet Bread

I like my sweetbread with lots of candied fruits, but not too much to compromise the coconut taste. Any other way, I find it hard to call it sweetbread. So maybe I should call this recipe fruity coconut sweet bread lol! There is no doubt that this sweetbread is very flavorful. First you have the candied fruits followed by the raisins, then to top it all off you have the coconut and coconut milk to give it it’s signature taste.

So if you want to make this really good and wholesome coconut sweet bread you can’t cut any corners when making it. You must follow the recipe to the letter, or you would compromise the very taste. This is not one for experimentation – that was done already by my mother-in-law and many other mothers and grandmothers who have passed down all our time honoured Trini recipes for generations. Here’s Coconut Sweet Bread.

A Coconut Sweet Bread Recipe

coconut sweet bread


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 small coconut
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup of each: raisins, cherries, and mixed fruit.
1 egg
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. Angostura bitters
1 tsp. mixed essence
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup of coconut milk

Note: the 1 cup of coconut milk will be strained after you blend the coconut meat in 1 cup of water.

Finely grate the coconut in a blender with 1 cup of water.
Strain the coconut from the water. Set the water aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together the grated coconut, sugar and egg.

Cut in the butter. Mix well.
Add the Angostura bitters and mixed essence.

Sift together the flour and baking powder.
Mix in the nutmeg and cinnamon.
Blend together the coconut mixture, coconut water, and flour mixture.
Blend to make a soft dough.

Add the mixed fruit, raisins, and cherries to the dough. Mix well.
Pour in greased dish and bake for 350 degrees F. for about 52 minutes
or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

If you want to add a glaze to the sweet bread. All you have to do is, mix a little bit of water and sugar and brush onto the bread. Return the loaf to the oven and allow to bake for another 5 minutes.  That was coconut sweet bread; hope you enjoy it.

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21 Responses to Coconut Sweet Bread

  1. trinishelly December 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Am gonna try this for sure.I so love your recipes,thanks for doing what you do.

  2. hope1981 December 25, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    love this tried it it turn out good!

  3. bobo May 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm #


  4. Allison August 22, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    great recipe! we love sweetbread as much as we love soca! :) my grandma taught us to make without the eggs- just let your batter rise for 30 minutes before popping in oven.

  5. DeeDeeV November 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Today I’m gonna try this for the first time. Excited!

  6. lee November 25, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    I am excited to have found your site, wonderful recipes, thank you ! I do have a question , can i double the recipe for the sweet bread?

    • Felix November 25, 2012 at 5:08 am #

      Of course you can :-)

  7. Happy December 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi, what size of baking pan did you use for this recipe?

    • Felix December 6, 2012 at 12:48 am #

      It’s about 8″ x 8″ x 2″

      • Happy December 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

        Thanks alot.

  8. Dee Jay January 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    MMGood! yip all my banana bread gone so I had to make something else .
    I really enjoy making your recipes Mr Felix , thanks :)
    As usual I didnt have everything , no mixed fruits or cherries , only raisins , bread still delicious , uh smiling from ear to ear and uh gine fuh piece mo :)

  9. Neesi December 10, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    I am sooo going to try this recipe for Xmas this yr. Thank You for sharing :-)

  10. Chubs DeCheeks January 16, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    That looks good!! Do you know if this same recipe can be used in a bread maker?

    • Felix January 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

      Quite possibly.

  11. Becky March 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    Hi there…… this recipe,came out great!! Thank you for posting.
    I do have a question…… you have a recipe for coconut buns? Its a sweet bun with grated coconut in the dough ….some put honey on the top after baking. I think Vincys call it heavy bread. Anyway please lmk i would love to be able to make it.And keep the yummy recipes coming!!Thanks

  12. Patrice September 5, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    I’m new to baking. Tried this sweetbread recipe for the first time and it came out great. Surprised myself

  13. suma September 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    could i make this without eggs

  14. Alisha November 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

    Thanks so much for this!
    Mine came out a bit crumbly so couldn’t slice neatly n had trouble getting it out the dish. Any idea why?

    • Felix November 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Sorry to hear that. Even though this is a quick bread, you must also remember to mix the dough well. You are looking for a somewhat sticky dough mixture before you pour it into the baking dish to bake. Also, make sure you greease the tin well. I use shortening or coconut oil to greese my baking dish. You can also line your pan with wax paper and then greese before you pour the dough mixture. Margarine will not do well to prevent sticking. Hope this is helpful to prevent a recurrence of your mishaps. Keep baking!

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