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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pan de Coco - Coconut Bread from Dominican Republic

Pan de Coco is a coconut bread from the Latin region and the version here today comes from 'The Dominican Republic'. The recipe varies region wise and comes in both sweet and plain versions. This Dominican version is not on the sweet side and  instead these are 'heavy and salty' kind flat breads. According to the the original recipe, these are usually served with fish or meat dishes that have lot of sauce so that these breads are used to scoop those gravy kind dishes and soak up the juices.

These coconut breads are supposedly evolved from a combination of a recipe of 'Johnny cakes' brought by the English immigrants to the region and coconut, which is locally available in abundance. The coconut flavor is not pronounced much in this version though they are called coconut buns and coconut flakes are not an usual addition. These breads are more like biscuits with a crispy exterior and we had them hot from the oven, slathered with butter. 

Recipe source: Here
Ingredients: (Yields 6 breads)
2 & 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt (Reduce the qty by 1/2 tsp if salty breads are not preferred.)
1 cup coconut milk
2 tsp. coconut oil + extra for greasing baking sheet and palms 
1/4 cup coconut flakes (optional)

* Preheat the oven to 300 deg F. Grease a baking sheet and keep aside.
* Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Add coconut milk and oil to the dry ingredients and knead together to a dough. Grease your palms with oil and work the dough if it is sticky.
* Divide the dough into 6 portions and roll them into balls. Flatten them on the greased baking sheet, into discs of about 6 inches diameter. 
* Sprinkle the coconut flakes if using, on the top of the discs.
* Bake them for about 25 minutes or a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. They are not going to get brown but remain pale after baking.
* Once cool, they can be toasted quickly but at high temperature to brown them. (I skipped the step.)

This post goes to Blogging marathon #77 under the theme "Latin American Recipes". Check out the page to read what other marathoners are cooking.



Mayuri Patel said...

That's an interesting bread Suma... looks so good. I love trying out different kinds of breads.

vaishali sabnani said...

The bread looks interesting , and they definitely look more like biscuits . Good pick .

Priya Suresh said...

How delicious those bread looks, this bread is in my bookmarked list, have to bake some soon.

Srivalli said...

Very interesting and sounds fantastic Suma..I might have to check on these for my week..:)

Pavani N said...

Very interesting coconut bread recipe Suma. They look great.

Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner said...

Such a lovely pick.. Any bread which has coconut is to fall for from my side!!

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan said...

This is an interesting bread... wow learning a lot of Latin American recipes. Bookmarking it.

Nalini's Kitchen said...

That's one interesting bread,looks delicious.

Archana Potdar said...

Mmmm these look yum and are so simple to make.

Harini R said...

Interesting one. The version I made was more like bread roll.