January 18, 2017

Everyone loves Gizzada, which is also called pinch-me-round (some people call it gizzarda or grizzarda, but I say gizzada).  It’s thought that the origin of this pastry is Jamaica’s Portuguese community and were called Guizada. They are Jamaican coconut tarts that you can find in every bakery on the island and at most Jamaican takeout places elsewhere. The shell is very simple and stiff not flaky and pairs perfectly with the sweet, spiced coconut filling. I tested a few recipes and came up with one that easy and delicious. Many of you have been asking for this recipe so you can make it at home. Well, now’s your chance! To get the authentic result it’s best to grate a fresh coconut, and using a food processor makes it easy.


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I’ve been cooking Jamaican food for my family for more than 50 years! Now I'm teaching my daughter Angela and you how to cook my treasured family recipes! I'm happy to be of service and love hearing from you so don't forget to leave a comment below.



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    Eileen Smith
    October 1, 2014

    Hello Ladies,
    I am married to a Jamaican and have been now for 28 years. I never really needed to learn a lot of the recipes because my sweet mother in law lived with us and made all the dishes. She is now elderly and can’t cook. So I decided to look up brown stew chicken and I found you guys!
    I never thought I would be able to make rice and peas. But thanks to you I can. you ladies are fantastic. I am going to try the curry beef next.

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    Esline Mills
    November 5, 2014

    Hello Fay
    Although Jamaican myself ( born in st. Ann)I have not come across gizzada before.
    They are delicious.
    Have you a recipe for grater cake? it is coconut base slices which were
    half white and half red.
    Hope you can help.

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