How to Make Jamaican Coco Bread
These soft buttery loaves of bread are just as tasty as they look. If you travel to the Caribbean these delicious bread are found in every bakery and pastry shop.
The texture is soft and yet it has a compact weight that just one will fill you up. It is packed with butter on the inside that melts into the bread during baking. It is called folding bread because a section of the bread can be opened.
You can open these loaves of bread and use whatever you like to make a fulfilling sandwich and close it back without having to cut the bread.
These folding bread are so tasty, you can just warm them in the microwave oven and have it just like that with your favorite beverage, coffee or tea.
My teenager hates to eat and this bread he begged me to bake, he even joins me in the kitchen. I know you will have fun baking this bread for the family.
You will need…
3 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
- 1/2 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR
- 1TBSP ACTIVE DRY YEAST 1 TBSP SALT
- 1/2 LB MARGARINE [COLD]
- 1/2 CUP SALTED BUTTER [ROOM TEMP]
- 1 CUP WATER [ROOM TEMP] ADD MORE IF NECESSARY
 Pour flour into a bowl. Add margarine and crumble into the flour with fingers until it resembles bread crumbs.
 Add the dry yeast and mixed in, then add salt and sugar, and combine well.  Add water gradually, the texture of the dough must be very sDo not knead while still in the bowl.
MAKING THE DOUGH
Sprinkle flour lightly on a dry surface. Turn out dough on the floured surface and being to roll dough. Pull back to you and push away from you, using the palm of your hands.
TIP… Add more flour to the surface to prevent the dough from sticking. Rubbing flour or a little olive oil on your hands will keep the dough from sticking to them.
Continue rolling the dough for 8 minutes until it’s tightened. Shape dough into a smooth ball and place in a clean bowl lightly greased with olive oil. Brush a little olive oil on the top of the dough and cover with a thick towel or plastic wrap.
Leave no air space, the dough will not rise. place in a warm area [oven] for 1 hour, this is for proofing. The dough must be doubled in size, if not, leave for another 20 minutes.
MAKING THE BREAD
*Punch the dough to deflate the air, then turn it out on a floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll dough to resemble a pizza. Cut into squares using a pizza cutter.
*Brush on salted butter, then fold over and brush butter on the top, make another fold, and place on a baking sheet. Continue until all the dough is used.
While the bread is on a baking sheet, garnish the top with butter to give the end product an appetizing yellow color.
Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place for another 15 minutes to allow the bread to rise. When the timer goes beeps place the bread in the oven and bake for 25 minutes at 300 degrees celsius.
Do not overbake to prevent the bread from becoming dry. To ensure your folding bread is done, simply use your index finger to press the top, if it rises back it’s ready to leave the oven and onto your plate. It’s even better straight
from the oven.