Bake and buljol

Weekends at my grandmother’s house meant a huge breakfast of freshly made  coconut bake, stewed down saltfish (buljol) and real cocoa tea made from the cocoa beans that she grew on the estate behind her house.  This is exactly what I was craving this Sunday morning. I couldn’t get the authentic cocoa tea but I could certainly rustle up some bake and buljol.

coconut bake and saltfish

Coconut bake

What to use

2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 oz cold margarine

1/2 cup of coconut mik (approx. )

What to do

Sift flour with the baking powder and add salt.  Rub in margarine.  Slowly add the coconut milk and knead the mixture to make a smooth dough.  Leave to rest for about 25 minutes.  Roll out to  circle about 1 inch thick.  Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  This should serve four persons or two very hungry persons.  Serve hot.

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What to use

1 pack of of saltfish (salted cod) (preferably boneless or you will spend a lot of time picking out tiny bones)

1 pimento pepper

1/2 onion (red or white)

1 large ripe tomato (diced)

two cloves garlic (minced)

2 tbs ketchup

1 tbs olive oil

1/4 tsp lemon juice

1 tbs cilantro or shadon beni

1/2 green sweet pepper diced (didn’t use any this time around but it’s part of my usual recipe)

What to do

Place the saltfish in boiling water and soak overnight.  In the morning, rinse saltfish and shred into small pieces (removing any bones).  Rinse again and drain. You want to remove all that excess salt. Saute onion, peppers, garlic and cilantro in olive oil is large skillet over medium heat until tender.  Add saltfish, tomatoes, lemon juice and ketchup and cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Serve hot with coconut bake.

coconut bake and saltfish



  1. Excellent post thanks for sharing. Food is something I can enjoy all around. If I’m not eating it. I’m reading and looking at pictures about it.

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  2. Dang! Now I’m hungry!

  3. I keep wanting coconut bake with actual coconut bits in it, but I never get around to getting a fresh coconut and doing the necessary.
    Your bake looks lovely though!

    • Thanks Chennette. My mom actually mixes grated coconut into the dough as well as the coconut milk. Unfortunately, that is a little too much drama for me! lol

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