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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
If you are a fan of coconut, flaky crusts and have a particularly insatiable sweet tooth, then you will be quite excited to sink your teeth into a Jamaican Gizzada.
Gizzada isn’t necessarily a household food item in Jamaica. It is that treat that you just randomly grab from a vendor while walking down the street. It's the perfect snack for those days when the traffic is so thick that all the vehicles are at a standstill, and you need something sweet to distract you.
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Fortunately for us Jamaicans, it's quite common to find vendors selling Gizzada during the middle of traffic, stop lights, walking around the town with the gizzadas packaged in small clear bags attached to a metallic ring, along with other treats like coconut drops, roasted peanuts, grater cakes and others. These vendors are usually men and all go by the generic nickname “Nutsy”.
It's quite difficult to pinpoint which country or region first came up with the idea of making this sweet, dainty looking tart by using a buttery pinched crust and sweet coconut filling. It is very common here in Jamaica, and it is found in other Caribbean islands like Trinidad where it is simply referred to as coconut tart. In Jamaica, Gizzada is also called pinch me round, deriving from the way the crust is made.
Surprisingly to most, it is also found in Portuguese cuisine and goes by the name of queijada. It is believed that the Gizzada was originally made by the Portuguese. The story is that Portuguese Jews brought it to Jamaica in 1530 when they fled their homes to escape being persecuted for their religious beliefs, but there are no hard facts to support this.
Each gizzada has approximately 170 calories. It should not be mistaken for a highly nutritious snack, it is high in carbohydrates, sodium and potassium. The small nutritional value it contains comes in the form of vitamins, calcium, manganese and a few other properties.
This tasty coconut tart is made up of a sweet filling and flaky tart. The filling is made from grated coconut, brown sugar, ginger and other spices, all mixed. The tart is made like most tart doughs, just butter and flour.
Here is a detailed step by step recipe of how you can make your gizzada at home.
For the Tart:
For the filling:
For the filling:
Allow to cool and then enjoy.
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