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Jamaican Coco Bread | Panning The Globe

Jamaican Coco Bread


Jamaican Coco Bread is perfect for sandwiches and especially good with a simple piece of grilled fish and some spicy mayo.

Recipe adapted from Rockhouse Hotel  chef Warren Rowe's recipe.



Dry Ingredients

  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 packs active dry yeast or 4 ½ teaspoons
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups milk, warmed (not more than 120º F)
  • ¼ cup water, warmed (not more than 120ºF)
  • 2 tbs softened butter (at room temp) plus more for brushing
  • 2 tbs coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mix all dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the hook attachment. Add butter, coconut oil, milk and water. Mix at low speed for 5 minutes. Dough should be a ball that can be removed from the bowl.
  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Cut into 10 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Allow balls to sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Place a small bowl of softened butter (about 3 tablespoons) and a pastry brush on your work surface. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball flat (about 7 inches diameter and 1/4-1/8 inch thick). Rub a thin layer of softened butter over the surface of each piece of dough, using a brush or your fingers. Fold dough in half. Rub a layer of butter over the top surface. Fold again. Place onto a lightly greased jellyroll pan. Repeat with remaining pieces.
  4. When all the balls are rolled, buttered, shaped and on the pan, let them sit for 10 minutes. After a ten minute rise, use the tips of your fingers to make four light impressions in each triangle of bread. It keeps the bread from puffing up too much in the oven.
  5. Bake them in the center of the preheated oven for 15-20 mins, until they are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and brush the rolls with a bit more butter. Serve warm or allow to cool and store in an airtight container for a day or two. (They are best served fresh)
  6. See notes below for Jerk fish sandwich recipe.


Make Jerk Fish Sandwiches on Coco Bread (serves 5)  Mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1 teaspoon store-bought jerk spice. Brush grill grates or cast iron grill pan with oil and preheat to medium-high. Brush 5 6-oz snapper, Mahi-mahi or tilapia fillets on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Grill fish 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked through. Open the coco bread and spread jerk mayo on the inside bottom and top, add a lettuce leave, a tomato slice and the fish. Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: jamaican

Keywords: homemade coco bread, authentic coco bread