Sweet Coconut Bread

A Bahamas recipe.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 1 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 36 mins
5 loaves


  • 3 ½ cups brown sugar

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages grated coconut

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup seedless raisins

  • 4 ounces candied mixed fruit peel

  • 4 ounces fresh cherries, pitted and cut into small pieces

  • ¼ cup baking powder

  • 1 tablespoon mixed essence

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup margarine

  • ½ cup shortening

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon water, or more if needed

  • 5 teaspoons white sugar, or more to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease five 8x4-inch baking pans.

  2. Combine brown sugar, coconut, flour, raisins, fruit peel, cherries, baking powder, mixed essence, and nutmeg in a large bowl using a large wooden spoon.

  3. Combine margarine and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave until melted, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour melted mixture into flour mixture, alternating with milk, until batter is just mixed. Add water, a teaspoon at a time, if more moisture is needed.

  4. Pour batter into the prepared baking pans, smoothing the tops with the back of a wet spoon. Sprinkle white sugar over each loaf.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Invert onto cooking racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
10g Fat
34g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 107mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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