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Datsi's Authentic Jamaican Coco Bread - The Recipe!

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Jamaican Coco bread - Picture and RecipeTraditional Jamaican Coco Bread & Patty Sandwich

Would you agree with me that our Jamaican coco bread deserves a little more respect? 

What do I mean by that?

Well, you know how world-famous Jamaican patties are right? 

And rightly so!

But the signature Jamaican sandwich - even with the increasing fast food craze is still... yes, Patty and Coco Bread

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But like a step child, little is often mentioned of faithful coco bread, and when it is mentioned, it's name comes with all types of other meanings and connotations.

I can hear the coco bread crying for justice!

Well, I'm playing my part in bringing equality to the fray by sharing with you this authentic Jamaican coco bread recipe - thanks to my neighbor and family friend Datsi.

Datsi has been baking for both home an pastry shop since the 1980's; I actually called her in Canada to get the recipe!

Thanks again 'Dats' if you are reading this!

So without further adieu, here now is the delectable Jamaican coco bread recipe!

Datsi's Tasty Jamaican Coco Bread Recipe


  • 1 cup lukewarm milk (instead of water)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 small pack yeast mix
  • 2 table spoon sugar
  • 1 table spoon butter (to mix)
  • 1 table spoon shortening
  • 4 cups of baking flour (sifted)
  • 1/4 pound of melted butter (for 'spread')



  1. Mix, milk, butter, shortening, yeast and sugar until the mixture thins out and curdles
  2. Pour in the sifted flour. Mix and knead with hands to a consistent texture, but not too hard nor too soft.
  3. Put dough away for approximately 20 minutes, allowing it to set (raise)
  4. Cut the dough into about 8-10 pieces
  5. Spread each cut piece on roll board/ table and press flat (rounded) into about 8 inches in diameter, about 1/8 of an inch thick
  6. Melt butter, and spread on top surface with brush
  7. Fold it evenly (in half), spread butter again on visible (top) surface and fold again in quarter.
  8. Optional: Use a knife to cut edges to make it round
  9. Optional: Use fork to press edges to give it a grit look.
  10. Put each away for between 8-10 minutes, and then place in oven. 
  11. Bake at 165 degrees Celsius (approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 15- 20 minutes or until golden brown
  12. Remove and serve.
hot_jamaican_coco_breadHot Jamaican Coco Bread

I Should Tell You....

  • Contrary to some assumptions I noted online, there is no coconut, nor coco, in Jamaican coco bread.
  • To make our signature Jamaican sandwich, just slide in a Jamaican patty (as pictured a top) into the middle :-)

Where To Buy Jamaican Coco Bread
(If prefer to have it Ready-Made)

  • If you are in Jamaica it is probably more convenient just to stop by and purchase coco bread at one of our many pastry shops here, which includes top brands like:


    and Mothers.

  • If you are outside of Jamaica, I suggest you first try the nearest Jamaican or Caribbean supermarkets in (or nearest) your area.

  • Another option is to check out Amazon. It would be a bit more pricey, but it doesn't hurt to always check the prices to inform your decision.

If not yet done, be sure to check out Nemonie's Banana Fritters. She loves it 'gone to bed' as we say in JA!

Watch YouTube Video! Here's Fitting Jamaican Coco Bread Recipe Video 

It is a slightly modified version of Datsi's recipe but the idea is the same. Just click below to watch.

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Now over to you! Please be sure to share a comment below to let me know how you did :-) I will respond.

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