Oh for a Bajan sweet bread…

Many of you have been reminiscing about enjoying special Bajan delicacies such as great cake and sweet bread at Christmas. One reader mentioned that now that she is spending her Christmas in a colder clime, she has been sweet bread-less as she did not know the recipe.

Another one of our readers, J noticed that and figured that no Bajan should have to be without sweet bread at Christmas or any time of the year for that matter and so kindly volunteered a recipe.



Dear Digital Editor,

I was enjoying your Christmas blog and I noticed that some people don’t know how to bake sweet bread.  Since it isn’t hard I am sending you this recipe for putting on the Christmas blog so that Bajans near and far can have a happy sweet bread Christmas.
N.B. – This is a mixed coconut bread.  No kneading required.

Light the oven and turn to 350 degrees Farenheit.

 Wash and dry your containers, hands and counter.


4 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 tsp mixed spice
1/4 grated nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups milk or water
1 tsp almond essence
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups grated coconut
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup baking cherries, washed, dried and cut up


Sift flour, baking powder and dry spices together into a large bowl.
Using a hand mixer cream butter and shortening together in another larger bowl.  Add sugar and beat some more until light coloured and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time and beat after each addition, add the vanilla and almond essences and beat again.
Using a pot (large) spoon fold a small portion of the flour into the creamed mixture, add some of the milk or water, add flour, then milk or water, finishing with flour.
Flour the raisins and cherries and stir into the batter, add the coconut, stir again.
Put into 2 large greased loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees Farenheit for 1 hour.
Enjoy with a cup of tea on Christmas morning!



  1. 1
    Veronica Says:

    Thanks for the sweet bread recipe. I will surely be making it this Christmas season. I am living in the United States and really missed Christmas at home. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it home next Christmas in God’s name.

  2. 2
    Mark Ray Says:

    Thanks… I will try this but I think I will add more coconut :-))

  3. 3

    Oh for the sound of ‘ MERRY CHRISTMAS ” after midnight mass and the aroma of the baked at 1:am or the feeling of the Christmas breeze on a starry moon light night !

  4. 4
    Dawn Says:

    Can someone please send me the recipe for puddin’.
    I remember my grandmother making it in tots but I never learned how to make it.


  5. 5
    Khaidji Says:

    Oh for things Bajan

    An Acrostic

    Can Smell The Ham

    Christmas has some unmistakable scents
    A fresh coat of paint, a touch of pine coming from the vents
    Newly polished furniture and glazed varnish floors
    Some poinsettia drifting in each breeze under the doors
    My sensors are heightened again and again
    Each plant’s fresh bloom, the corner Snow on the Mountain
    Lots of home made breads and tempting cookies
    Lurking fragrant of coconut bread and oven baked brownies
    There is so much that smells like this time of the year
    Home and work have it all in the air
    Each smell is differently welcomed but the best of all
    Hams baked with cloves, dressed in pineapple, through the hall
    At this season there are smells and glitz, gifts and good cheer
    Merry Christmas to all and a Prosperous New Year

  6. 6
    annette Says:

    I am home sick now.

    Thanks very much. I am going to try to make this sweet bread.

  7. 7
    Pat Says:

    I made the sweetbread, but made a few adjustments to the recipe. I increased the flour to 5 cups and the sugar to 2 cups. It was Delicious and it went over wonderful with friends and family.

  8. 8
    J Says:

    Dear Pat:

    I am glad that you had a happy sweet bread Christmas with family and friends. The good thing about sweet bread is that you can adjust it to get your own uniquely delicious result.

    Christmas is Barbados was lovely. A Happy New Year to you.

  9. 9
    Marva Says:

    I tried this recipe and it was just delicious.
    The only change I would make is to add some more sugar, 2 cups.

    Thank you kindly.

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