Saturday, August 23, 2008

Jamaican Coco Breads

I had never heard of Coco Breads until I started searching for Jamaican recipes last week and had no idea what to expect, their name would lead you to believe they were either chocolate or had some form of coconut in them, but nope, not these babies. I found a lot of recipes for coco breads and decided to blindly try this recipe Jamaican Coco Bread Recipe Recipezaar -- but I changed it up a bit and came up with this that you can start in the bread machine (or just knead with your KA dough hook)...

Jamaican Coco Breads

(adapted for the bread machine dough cycle -- 2 lb machine -- by me)

3 teaspoons bread machine yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup warm milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 egg
3 cups bread machine flour
1/2 cup
butter, melted

Put the ingredients into your bread maker in the order suggested by your manufacturer, for mine it is liquids, flours, other dry ingredients, yeast.

With floured hands turn your dough out onto a work surface, lightly dust with flour and divide in two, the slightly roll each dough ball into two logs.

Cut into 10 portions (5 pieces per log)

Roll each portion into an approx 6 inch across circle

Brush with melted butter then fold in 1/2.

Brush with more butter and fold in 1/2 again.

Set breads on a oiled baking sheet and let them rise for 15 minutes

Bake for about 12 minutes at 400 F on middle rack or until golden brown.

Remove to cooling rack and let cool a few minutes but not too long, these are best served warm.

While doing my "research" about Coco breads I read that they are often used as a 'bun' for a Jamaican patty, which is kind of like a pasty...yeah, it seemed a little odd to me, double crust, but why not? If you google image search coco bread and patty you will see lots of pictures of how these are served in Jamaica or at Jamaican style restaurants. Kind of neat! I definitely want to try to make some vegetarian Jamaican patties in the future, they sound interesting and delicious!

These breads were amazing and everyone in my family loved them, they taste almost like a buttery dinner roll, and while I'm sure they are awesome filled with a 'patty' they would also be wonderful with jam and butter, or stuffed with just about anything... I slipped some jerk tofu in to one and it was delicious :)


Jacque said...

Those do look yummy... almost like a pita but softer.

Way to try something new. Your Jamaican dinner sounds wonderful.

Debinhawaii said...

How interesting about the bread--I wonder where the name came from then? They look good.

Sophie said...

This sounds so delicious, I'm so anxious to try it!

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Kymbelle said...

Hi Guys,

I came across this and I am Jamaican. The breads do have coconut milk in them. Hence coco bread. You can substitute the coconut milk for normal milk, soy milk etc but its not the same. I tried the substitute last night and it wasn't bad but not as good as the real thing.

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