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What is a recipe for a Trinidadian coconut bake?

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A recipe for Trinidadian coconut bake calls for flour, grated coconut, coconut milk, brown sugar and butter. The resulting bake is a flat, round loaf of bread that can be served with saltfish and tomatoes, cheese or butter.

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To make Trinidadian coconut bake, use coconut flour or finely grated coconut. To grate your own, break open a coconut and remove the meat, and then allow it to dry completely out before grating it against a steel grater or in a food processor. For the coconut milk used in the recipe, combine 1 cup of warm water and more grated coconut in a bowl. After it soaks for a few minutes, strain out the milk, and reserve for the recipe.

Sift 2 cups of unbleached all-purposed flour into a bowl with 2 tablespoons of raw brown sugar, 3 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt. After mixing the dry ingredients together, cut in 3 tablespoons of butter. Once the flour mixture has a crumbly texture, mix in 1 cup of finely grated coconut. Carefully mix in 3/4 cup of coconut milk with a wooden spoon. Knead the dough for a minute on a lightly floured surface, and form it into a ball.

After allowing the dough to sit covered for at least 30 minutes, press it into a greased round pan, and poke the surface repeatedly with a fork. After 20 minutes, brush the surface with water, and bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes.

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