Whole Wheat Jamaican Coco Bread
Jamaican Coco Bread is very popular and staple bread in Jamaica and other areas of Caribbean. The main ingredients of this bread are flour and coconut milk. This bread is mildly sweet, often split into half and served with a Jamaican Patty as sandwich. This version of Jamaican bread is baked using whole wheat flour, coconut sugar and coconut milk.
- 2 Â¼ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 Â½ tbsp coconut sugar
- Â½ tsp salt
- 1 Â½ tsp instant yeast
- 1 cup thick coconut milk taken almost from two coconuts
- 2 tbsp + 2 tbsp melted butter
- Add flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast to a large mixing bowl. Mix these dry ingredients and set it aside.
- Add the coconut milk in a small saucepan. Turn on the stove in low flame, place the pan on the stove and heat until the coconut milk is warm enough to handle using your fingertips. Turn off the flame and add 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
- Pour this warm coconut mixture into the large bowl containing the flour mixture.
- Mix gently using a spatula until both the wet and the dry ingredients are combined well into a rough dough. By now the bread dough will be sticky.
- Transfer the dough onto a clean kitchen counter slightly dusted with flour.
- Knead the dough for 10 minutes until you get soft and smooth non-sticky dough. (Grease your hands with little melted butter whenever required)
- Grease another bowl using little melted butter and place the kneaded dough inside the bowl.
- Apply little melted butter all over the dough and place the bowl covered, in a warm place for about 1 ½ to 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.
- After the dough is doubled in size, using a pizza slicer or a sharp spatula cut the dough into equal parts.
- Take a part of the dough, shape into a round ball and roll it into 1/8 inch thick circle.
- Apply melted butter on the rolled circle and fold over. Brush the top with melted butter.
- Place it on a baking tray aligned with parchment sheet.
- Repeat the same for all the parts of the dough.
- Place the baking tray in a warm place for another 15 Ã¢â¬â 30 minutes for the second rise.
- Meanwhile preheat oven at 160c.
- Place the baking tray in the preheated oven and bake the bread for 20 Ã¢â¬â 22 minutes at 160c or until the top turns golden brown.
- Apply little melted butter and allow the bread to cool on a cooling rack.
- Insert patty of your choice or serve it with any accompaniments as desired.
- To speed up the proofing process in cold weather – Microwave water for 2 minutes or until it boils. Cover and place the bowl containing the bread dough, in the microwave for the dough to double in size.
- Instead of folding over, you can as well as make small bun shaped breads and bake if required.
- The oven temperature and timings differs from one oven to another. Please adjust according to your oven settings.
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Very well explained.