Please wait, the site is loading...

Bajan sweet bread


Serves: 10
timePrep time: 35 mins
timeTotal time:
Bajan sweet bread
Recipe photograph by Ant Duncan
Despite the name, this isn’t actually a bread. And its dense, crumbly texture isn’t quite a cake either. It’s moist with fresh coconut and dried fruits, fragrant with spices and incredibly moreish, explaining why it’s such a popular bake in Barbados.

Serves: 10
timePrep time: 35 mins
timeTotal time:

Rate this recipe
Print Print

Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
492Kcal
Fat
18gr
Saturates
13gr
Carbs
74gr
Sugars
35gr
Fibre
4gr
Protein
6gr
Salt
0.8gr

Nadine Brown

Nadine Brown

When Nadine isn't busy developing delicious recipes and using her experience as a health food editor to create healthy treats, she's munching and reviewing her way around her beloved home town of Tottenham. Find out what she's cooking and eating on Instagram @n0sh.17
See more of Nadine Brown’s recipes
Nadine Brown

Nadine Brown

When Nadine isn't busy developing delicious recipes and using her experience as a health food editor to create healthy treats, she's munching and reviewing her way around her beloved home town of Tottenham. Find out what she's cooking and eating on Instagram @n0sh.17
See more of Nadine Brown’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 3 x 80g packs prepared coconut (or prepare from a whole coconut)
  • 40g light brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp ground mixed spice
  • 350g plain flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 225g caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp
  • 100g glacé cherries, roughly chopped and rinsed, plus 5 left whole
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g cut mixed peel
  • 100g butter, melted, plus extra to grease
  • 75ml whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Step by step

  1. Grate the coconut to give you 200g – it’s easiest using a food processor to do this – you can discard (or eat) any chunks that won’t grate easily. Combine 50g of the grated coconut with the light brown sugar, ½ teaspoon of mixed spice and 1 tablespoon of water to make the filling. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160°C, fan 140°C, gas 3 and lightly grease and line a 900g loaf tin (10 x 20cm base measurement). Sift the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, remaining mixed spice and the salt into a large bowl. Stir in 225g caster sugar followed by the chopped cherries, raisins, mixed peel and remaining 150g grated coconut.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, milk, egg and almond extract, then add to the dry ingredients. Stir together until you have a very stiff dough – this will be more like a biscuit dough then a bread or cake batter. Press half the dough into the tin then add the coconut filling down the centre, leaving a 5mm space at each end. Press the remaining dough on top, covering the filling completely, and top with the whole cherries, pressing them in lightly.
  4. Bake for about 1 hour 10 minutes or until the bread is deeply golden and a skewer comes out practically clean (a few dry crumbs are fine). Meanwhile, dissolve the extra caster sugar in 1 tablespoon of just-boiled water. Brush over the bread then return it to the oven for 5 minutes. Leave to cool in its tin, then turn out and slice to serve.

You might also like...


We value your privacy

We use cookies to help give you the best experience on our site and to allow us and third parties to customise the marketing content you see across websites and social media. For more information see our cookie policy.

Cookie Preference Centre

Learn more about what each cookie category does and choose your settings (toggle right to opt in or left to opt out). Cookie policy


Strictly Necessary

These technologies are needed to enable our websites and apps to run and to keep it secure.

Sainsbury's Magazine

These technologies tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Cookie name Duration
PHPSESSID Until the browsing session ends
device_view 1 month
recentlyViewedRecipes 1 year
subscription-{popup-version-date}-PopupClosed 12 days

Vimeo

Enables Vimeo videos on the site

Cookie name Duration
_derived_epik 1 year

Constant Commerce

Enables shopping tools for recipe ingredients

Cookie name Duration
cc_a_h 10 years
cc_a_s Until the browsing session ends

DoubleClick

DoubleClick Digital Marketing (DDM) is an integrated ad-technology platform that enables us to more effectively create, manage and grow high-impact digital marketing campaigns.

Cookie name Duration
DSID 10 days
IDE 1 year
RUL 11 months

Performance/Analytics

These technologies tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Google

Google Analytics tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Cookie name Duration
__gads 13 months
_ga 28 months
_gat 1 minute
_gid 1 day
1P_JAR 1 month
ANID 10 days
CONSENT 18 years
NID 6 months
__Secure-3PAPISID 2 years
__Secure-3PSID 2 years
__Secure-3PSIDCC 1 year

Marketing/Targeting

These technologies help us decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you. We use this data to customise the marketing content you see on websites, apps and social media. They also help us understand the performance of our marketing activities. These cookies are set by us or our carefully-selected third parties.

Pinterest

Pinterest conversion tracking gathers conversion insights and builds audiences to target based on actions our visitors have taken on the site.

Cookie name Duration
_pinterest_ct_rt 1 year
_pinterest_ct_ua 1 year
_pin_unauth 1 year

Outbrain

These technologies tell us how customers use our sites and apps and provide information to help us improve the website, apps and your browsing experience.

Cookie name Duration
outbrain_cid_fetch 5 minutes
adrl 5 weeks
apnxs 6 weeks
criteo 2 months
obuid 6 months

Twitter

Twitter conversion tracking enables us to measure our return on ad spend by tracking the actions people take after viewing or engaging with our ads on Twitter.

Cookie name Duration
personalization_id 2 years
muc 2 years
ads_prefs 5 years
auth_token 5 years
dnt 5 years
guest_id 2 years
twid 5 years