Coconut is classified as a one-seeded drupe but can also be classified as a fruit, a nut, and a seed, which adds such a fresh taste to so many recipes which I love! As you can tell by the name of this dessert, coconut is the main base ingredient in this traditional Barbadian pastry – and let’s face it, almost everything with coconut is dreamy to eat.
Firstly I have to thank my gifted and talented friend Janelle, who has been blessed with the baking hands of the gods, for treating me with one of her signature incredibly luscious Coconut Breads. Janelle is a professional pastry chef at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Barbados, who has surprised me with many of her baked goodies over the years; but hands down this sweet bread is one of my top 3 faves from her.
Filled with an abundance of fresh coconut, maraschino cherries, and raisins, this tightly packed dessert is baked into the same rectangular shape as a loaf of bread; hence the name Coconut Bread also known as Sweet Bread by locals.
Now, not everyone bakes this bread with the moist sweet coconut center filling (seen below), but trust me, it makes a HUGE difference; it is the WOW factor, the prized possession, the GEM of the sea :). This soft filling is made with bountiful flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, which awaken the senses with every-single-bite, and leaves my sweet tooth craving more than satisfied.
I encourage you to try this sweet treat if you haven’t already. You will be glad you did.
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