Once in a while, an unexpected combination of ingredients creates pure decadence. Jamaican coconut bread with tropical cream cheese dip is that unexpected recipe. You wouldn’t guess it by looking at the photograph, but one bite in and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
After returning from Jamaica last year, it inspired me to get creative in the kitchen. Jamaican food has a unique character of its own and classic dishes like spicy jerk chicken and fried
Until Jamaica, I had never heard of Jamaican coconut bread. While there are many versions of coconut toast on the Internet;
Though you can use plain white bread in this recipe, I absolutely adore Brioche because of its rich, buttery-soft texture. In Jamaica, they add nutmeg and cinnamon in many of their recipes. Inspired by their choice of ingredients, I incorporated each spice with a little sea salt and enhanced the flavor with Madagascar vanilla. Made from the vanilla bean, Madagascar vanilla adds a wonderful sweetness you can't get from vanilla extract.
If your local grocer doesn’t sell Brioche, no worries. You can still make this recipe with great success. Just choose your favorite fresh, soft, white bread and go with it. I used raisin bread in my last batch and it was fabulous! For an extra special (adults only) touch, try adding my authentic Jamaican rum raisins.
Try at some of my other authentic Jamaican recipes below:
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