Friday, March 6, 2009

Coconut Bake: Caribbean quick bread

Ready to breath a tropical breeze, pack your sunglass and beach slippers, we are heading to Caribbean Islands. The party is held by this beautiful blogger Meeta who found a great location for her Monthly Mingle: Caribbean cooking. It is perfect to have fun and forget the winter blues.

Now, other than the famous Reggae music, I am totally ignorant about this beautiful destination. But, being a regular visitor of Cynthia Taste like Home, I taste virtually all the Barbados cuisine right in my monitor.

The Caribbean food offers lots of fusion: African, French, Dutch, Indian and Chinese. I was pretty much tempted to cook some Trinidad-Tobago dishes. I noticed this place is much influenced by Indian cuisine like Trinidad doubles (which is our channa bathura, Trini saheena (like our palak pakodas), Trinidad kachourie (kanchori), etc… I found at Trinigourmet by Sarina truly a Caribbean gal and have a great passion for food. I landed to her site by searching the word: Coconut toto. I simply love anything coconut and when I saw the coconut bake is quiet a simple quick bread or biscuit, which has a very mild taste of sweetness and less fat. I blindly picked it.

The only mistake I made: seeing her picture, I thought she divided the dough and made two breads with the dough but actually she doubled her recipe! I realized later in her comment box! Ok, not something related to taste! But the bread is loaded of tropical flavor with coconut and it is light and airy. Great for breakfast or for the evening snack with cup of tea! Check her step-by-step pictures and bake one bread!


Coconut Bake
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Coconut bake



Ingredients:

All purpose flour: 2 cups
Salt: ¾ tsp
Baking powder: 2 tsp
Margarine or butter (cold): 1 tbsp
Grated coconut (I used fresh/desiccated unsweetened can work): ¾ cup
Sugar: 2 tbsp
Ice cold water: 2/3 cup

Method:
Shift the flour, baking soda and salt in the bowl.
Cut the cold butter and rub in the flour.
Mix the sugar, grated coconut and add the water slowly until u form firm a dough
Sprinkle some flour in work surface and knead slightly
Let the dough rest 20 minutes, covered.
Preheat the oven at 350
Flat the dough in the middle and try to roll into one big circle 2/3 inch thick
Using a fork, prick the dough by mark some wedges
Bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

Take out and let it sit 10 minutes and cut into wedges.

Enjoy with butter, jelly or cheese for your breakfast or evening tea.

You will be transported to Caribbean Island without spending many dollars!

In US, Don't forget to set ur clock at 2.00 AM, Sunday 8 th march, Daylight Saving begins!

63 comments:

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. thats a delicious recipe! Looks lovely.. eggless tooo...
I'm thinking of making some dessert for the event...

Usha said...

Looks spongy and delicious. Hey Cham I think this could be sent to the Quick bread events being hosted by Mansi of fun n food!

Cham said...

UshaWhen u do for M.Mingle it should not be linked to any other event!

Asha said...

That;s beautiful, looks like a yummy coconut scones. Great entry Cham. Enjoy. Have a fun weekend, hugs! :))

Varsha Vipins said...

Oh.oh..every blog is sizzling with Barbados food now..This looks a yummy n easy bread Cham..I am much into baking now..posted a bread just now too..:)

Pavani said...

Simple and delicious looking bread. I'm totally ignorant about Caribbean cooking. MM round up should be a good start for me. :-D Have a great weekend.

Ashwini said...

Looks so soft and fluffy..Eggless too..perfect

meeso said...

Nice recipe... really is something different for me!

sowmya said...

this is a nice recipe..a must try !!

Deepa Hari said...

Love the recipe...Looks great Cham...i too love coconut...Never tried caribbean recipes before...will try this.

LG said...

Beautiful bread cham with asian flavor! I surfed the net and made dal puri but I used whole wheat flour to make it instead of maida. Turned out good. Thanks for the link.

Divya Vikram said...

That looks great Cham! Like thengai bun!

A_and_N said...

Loving it! We are postig something tomorrow :)

This is a sure try, Cham. Mebbe, we will repost it for Mansi's event. LOL

aquadaze said...

i can almost feel the flavours in my mouth cham! sounds yum :)

Soma said...

That bread is delicious! I had made a caribbean bread with coconut but had added Rum to it too:-) I love the coconut in it!

Ankita said...

Breas with coconut yummy and super delicious.

DEESHA said...

this one is such a delicious & unique recipe

jayasree said...

Bread looks soft. And I love the flavor of coconut in breads/cakes. Bookmarked.

Dershana said...

hey, that sounds quite interesting. the coconut, when baked, would have given out such a delightful aroma!

Sanghi said...

Lovely recipe!:)

Dibs said...

Yo ho ho and yum yum yum!
Cham's coconut bake, and a bottle of rum!

rekhas kitchen said...

wow that looks so soft Ican imagine that coconut aroma mmmmm yummy

Priya said...

QUick n delicious bread...love the addition of coconut..prefect entry:)

Chitra said...

oh,coconut bread looks spongy and soft,thats really a wonderful recipe to share with:)

Happy cook said...

Well it doesn't matter as it didn't matter to the taste.
Here the time changes only in the end of March.

Madhumathi said...

Hi Cham,
I'm writing from Caribbean..Yeah just by seeing your bread,I feel like being in Caribbean now..romba ice vaikureno???
Seriously,I love this..Bookmarked this recipe..Thanks for sharing :)

Rachel said...

Good entry Cham

Ramya Bala said...

simply superb...love the coconut in this...

Sandeepa said...

Yummy bread. Thanks that you reminded me of the Time Change, had slipped my mind

Priti said...

Looks fab...I have bookmarked it ...wonderful entry dear

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

delicious bread..love coconut in anything and everything. i have tasted this bread once.. my boss who is from Barbados got us coconut bread after he was back from vacation... i will bookmark it. may be i can try with whole wheat pastry flour.

Uma said...

wow, coconut bake! looks great Cham! You're a walking encyclopaedia. You give lot of info on everything. Kudos! :)

Suma Rajesh said...

woo this looks moist and spongy cake...tempting pic..

Gita's Kitchen said...

That is one delicious bread Cham, like you said I would love to have this as an evening snack with tea...

Sujatha said...

looks so soft and yummy! nice choice for carribean cooking! I love anything with coconut.. delicious.

chuck said...

I love coconut and just looking at this bread I know it would taste wonderful!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Looks delicious and easy to bake.. I have never tried baking. will sure try this one. thanks for the recipe Cham!

Madhuram said...

Hey! I can bake that too, it doesn't have eggs. As soon as I read Caribbean I thought it must be having eggs.

Ranjani said...

looks very interesting! does the coconut get crispier as it bakes?

notyet100 said...

mmm,...yummy,..wish u happy international womens day

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. delicious recipe... looks lovely..

Ann said...

Thats great baking Cham...I loved that particulary without egg..!! Thank you for sharing..Happy womens Day.

MeetaK said...

i am sure you are aware for my love of coconut so this is really looking great to me. perfect entry and nice to see you at the mingle!

kamala said...

Hello Cham..Never made any caribbean recipes..this bread sounds so simple..I am very busy now..couldnt bloghopping..Decided to move back to India...Have a grt weekend

Preety said...

i happen to know about this cuisine only after hearing aboyt this event...i am seeing so many wonderful recipes realted to the cuisine..and yours just is the other wonderful addition..

Kayal said...

All the best for you, to grab the Cynthia's Cookbook. Also a belated Women's Day wishes Cham.

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Coconut Bread, my children luv it.

Akal's Saappadu said...

have never tasted coconut breads but i guess and feel the tropical breeze in your description; hmmm, some sunlight would do me good, hum, waiting for the vacation to come!!!

they look spongy, airy and light too! i love baking breads, should try this one of these days!!

Cham, are you from pondy too? I buy thekavaaappus from a small kadai in between jeevanandham street and sinna kadai, the name of the street is this " yena vakataaswara street".

Curry Leaf said...

Love it Cham,the pic is too tempting and delicious.Never knew about this bread.I am still working on my caribbean recipe

notyet100 said...

wish u happy holi,..cham,..:-)

Vicky Xavier. said...

Cake looks so delicious dear.

Laavanya said...

Oh that looks great Cham - i love coconut buns that we get in india and this bread must taste a bit similar i think.

Rajee said...

Lovely recipe and shouldnt miss it.

Roopa said...

I too visit Cynthia'a site and have found a lot of recipes similar to Indian dishes, I think Caribbean dishes also use coconut like our Kerala cuisine. Guess this basically happens because of the similarities in surroundings and climate. The Coconut Bake must be having that delicate exotic flavor of coconut. Love it.

Paru ... said...

Yummy Cham..I love Coconut and this quick bread looks amazing...

Mandira said...

love the banner! the bread looks delish...

Uj said...

Looks delicious.. with coconut i am sure it must have tasted great :)

n33ma said...

wow this looks easy enough and delicious!

Archy said...

Hey, nice eggless bread :)!! Nice click !!

Malar Gandhi said...

Wow, looks different and nice...

homecooked said...

Looks so delicious. Lovely entry.

Aparna said...

There's somthing about Caribbean food that appeals to me (maybe the Indian influence? :D).
This looks delicious. My husband (a complete coconut fan) would just love this.

Suparna said...

Cham, fantastic and easy bake :0
can imagine what the coconut flavour does to the bread.....yumm it's eggless too tha's the best part! great one cham,nice click
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