April 20, 2014

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Jamaican Coco Bread: I don’t know who came  up with the idea to stuff a Jamaican beef patty into a coco bread but that’s how we like it! All that dough makes it very filling, but my husband doesn’t seem to mind. On Saturday mornings when Eddie and I were a young couple we’d go to the market to buy fresh vegetables, fish and meat. The outing would always end with a trip to the bakery to buy beef patties to eat in the car on the way home. Eddie would get one patty for me and two patties stuffed into two coco breads for himself! He’d then wash them down with a bottle of cola champagne.
Eddie can’t eat like that anymore, but he definitely loved taste testing this recipe for me. I tested this Jamaican coco bread recipe three times before coming up with one that I think is good enough to share with all of you! I think it tastes better than any coco bread you can buy in a bakery … I hope you do too!

4 cups All-Purpose Flour (+ 1/2 cup for kneading)
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
2 1/2 tsp Quick-Rise Yeast  (Note: In the video I say 2 1/2 oz. Sorry, that is incorrect)
14 oz Coconut Milk or Water
4 Tbsp Melted  Butter
Cooking Tip: You can use coconut milk or water in this recipe, but I prefer using coconut milk for the added flavour. If using thick canned coconut milk, dilute it half and half with water

1. Mix flour, sugar, salt and yeast  together and set aside

2. Warm liquid (coconut milk or water) until it is more than luke warm but not too hot. You can test it on the back of your hand or use a thermometer to reach 114 degrees

3. Add 2 Tbsp of melted butter to the warm milk/water and stir

4. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and combine to make a soft, sticky dough

5. Flour rolling surface and place the dough on top

6. Knead dough, flouring the surface as needed, until dough is smooth and soft (about 10 minutes)

7. Brush bowl with melted butter and place dough inside. Cover with plastic wrap or parchment paper and a damp tea towel

8. Place bowl in warm spot for 1 to 1 1/2 hours  or until it doubles in size

9. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough and cut into smaller squares to make individual coco breads

10. Roll each square until 1/8 inch thick; brush dough with melted butter and fold over. Use a medium bowl to cut in a semi-circle.

11. Repeat Step 10 to make more; place each one on parchment-lined baking sheet(s) and brush the tops of the dough with melted butter

12. Place baking sheet(s) in warm spot for 10 minutes so dough can rise; place sheet(s) in oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown

Enjoy warm from the oven!


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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.



  • Reply
    March 11, 2013

    Hi Faye,

    I found your website and I have become addicted to it. You have taken me way back home to my childhood with my aunt and grandmother. I have recommended you to a lot of my friends.
    Thanks for the coco bread recipe and will be making it. I have one request, could you do a “how to make roti”. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes you have shown us.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      March 11, 2013

      Morning Anzela,
      Thank you for your interest and support! A Trinidadian friend taught me how to make roti years ago. It is definitely on my list of recipes to share with you all. Blessings, Fay

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    March 16, 2013

    I used to visit Jamaica quite often on business and loved the coco bread. I make lots of yeast breads but have never tried coco bread. I’ll be trying them soon, using your recipe, and will let you know how they turn out. Thanks a million for the recipe and demonstration video. Cheers!

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    March 18, 2013

    You remind me so much of my aunties and Nana Back home in Bermuda. I found your you tube video when looking for a curry chicken recipe. I LOVE coco bread and will def. be trying this. Thank you so much and Ill be trying many of your other recipes as well.

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    June 24, 2013

    I made this today and it was wonderful!!! Thank you for the recipe!

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    November 3, 2013

    Good recipe. I made my first batch last night. My wife and children LOVED it. Tasted great with my home made patties. Made a perfect after church snack. Batch # 2 is rising as I type.

    One question … how many patties should this recipe make? I made 12.

    • Reply Cook Like A Jamaican
      Cook Like A Jamaican
      November 4, 2013

      It depends on the size, but I usually make 9 or 10. Perhaps mine are a little bigger than yours. Enjoy, Fay

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    March 4, 2014

    These were simply amazing. I didnt even have any coconut milk so I just used warm water… We didnt have any patties on hand but still wanted some coco bread. What a treat! They weren’t a lot of work and very simple instructions. Cost effective too! We ate ours with nice tender steaks which was surprisingly complimenting.

    -White girl learning to cook.

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