Dessert, pastry and bread

Seva’s coconut bread recipe *

Nothing like a Caribbean sunset: Coconut bread

While we were staying at Yellowtail House on Big Corn Island, nearly every day our host Dorsey would drop by with an offer of fresh coconut bread. It was soft, buttery and so delicious. Kind of like a tropical brioche but better. We became mildly hooked on the stuff and had it nearly every morning for breakfast. According to Dorsey the best coconut bread around was made by his long time neighbour Seva who owned the restaurant next door. 

This is the Seva’s coconut bread recipe which she bakes every other day for the restaurant. It makes 10 loaves of coconut bread but could obviously be cut back for smaller quantities. Enjoy!

Coconut bread recipe: Ingredients (makes 10 loaves)

1.8kg plain flour

3/4 cup caster sugar

2 Tbsp salt

4 tsp dried yeast

250g unsalted butter, melted

1.25L coconut milk**


Coconut bread recipe: Method

  1. Grease and flour 10 baking loaf tins (24 x 13cm)
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. Gradually add in coconut milk and butter and mix well until you have a soft, slightly moist dough. Seva does this by hand but you could obviously use an electric beater.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  5. Allow the dough to rest in a warm spot for 20 minutes before tipping it out onto a well floured surface and gently knocking it back for 2-3 minutes. Divide the dough into 10 equal portions, place into baking tins and allow to rest a final time for 20 minutes.
  6. Bake dough for 1 hour until the bread has risen and has a nice golden brown crust. A skewer inserted in the middle should come out clean when the bread is properly cooked.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before diving in.
  8. Like with any fresh baked bread, Seva’s coconut bread can be served pretty much straight out of the oven with liberal lashings of good butter. Alternatively, stay tuned for our coconut bread french toast recipe.

*DISCLAIMER: We’re still on the road so recipe is yet to be tested. We’ll get to it as soon as we can. Any feedback welcome. 

**NOTE: Find our recipe for making coconut milk from scratch here.


  • Reply
    Angie Wilton
    April 11, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    We might have to try this recipe at @scratchpatisserie

    • Reply
      April 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Yes please Scratch! Hope the Blues Fest is going a treat. Wish we had some of your profiteroles with us!

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    Nicholas Perchey
    July 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I’m so glad you got this recipe. Looking forward to reliving this dream at home. Maybe with some crab.

    • Reply
      July 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Let us know when you try the recipe as we haven’t had the chance yet. Would love to be back on the Corns right now!

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