Monday, February 3, 2014

Jamaican Coco Bread and Veggie Patty

I wanted to cook Jamaican food. I did not know any Jamaican dishes and so I looked for something online. Coco bread with a patty appeared to be very popular.


I referred to a lot of recipes but they all used all purpose flour. I wanted to use mostly whole wheat flour so I changed the ingredients and proportions to work with whole wheat.

As for the patty filling I could not find anything vegetarian. I wanted to keep the essence of Jamaican food so I researched the spices and vegetables they use and came up with my own recipe based on what I had on hand. Deep fried patties are common in Indian cooking and in the past I had figured out baked versions of those traditional recipes like this pea dumpling. I used the same principle to create the patty. However, for the patty shell I used cold butter and cold water as used in pie shells to keep it close to authentic.

The end result was fantastic. The patty tasted really good with the bread.

You will need
For the Coco bread
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup King Arthur bread flour
1/2 tbsp sugar
a pinch of salt
1/8 oz Fleishmann instant yeast
3.5 fl oz. coconut milk
2 fl oz. water
3 tbsp. butter, divided

For the Patty shell
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/2 tbsp. butter
1 cup cold water

For the Patty filling
2 tomatoes
1/2 head of cauliflower florets
1 carrot
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. turmeric powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp. olive oil

To make the Coco bread


Mix all the dry ingredients together. In a microwavable bowl warm the coconut milk and 1 tbsp. butter for 35 secs or until the butter melts and the liquid is heated through. Pour the liquid in the dough and mix well.


Heat the water in the microwavable bowl and using a as little water as you can form a ball of dough. Knead it well for about 10 minutes.


Cover with a plastic wrap and leave aside for about an hour or until dough doubles in size.


Preheat oven to 375 F. Melt the remaining butter and keep aside. Punch down the dough and cut into lemon size pieces.


Take of the pieces in the palm of your hand form a uniform ball.


Place it on a working surface and roll it out to the desired size. I did not want to make the bread too big so I kept the disc to 5 inches in diameter. Brush the flattened dough with the melted butter.


Fold it over in half.


Arrange on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Repeat for all the pieces of dough.


Bake in the oven middle rack for 15-20 minutes. Flip them over and put them back in the oven for 5-7 minutes. They should be browned on both sides.


Cool on a rack. The bread is ready.

For the Patty shell
Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and rub it into the dough with your fingers until the butter is reduced to the size of gravel. Using the cold water form sticky dough. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.


For the Patty filling
Chop the tomatoes. Break the cauliflower in small florets. Peel and chop the carrot. Heat oil in pan and add the tomatoes. Let them cook and lose some of the liquid. Add the rest of the vegetables and spices. Season with salt. Let the vegetables cook completely. Mash gently using a potato masher such that no piece is larger than 1/2 an inch.


To put it together
Preheat oven to 425 F. Take the patty dough out of the refrigerator and divide into lemon sized balls.


Take one of the balls and and with the help of some flour roll it out on a working surface to about 4 inches in diameter.


Dip you finger in water and run it around the edges of the disc. Put a tablespoon of filling in the bottom half.


Fold over the disc to form a semi circle. Using a fork press down the edges to seal them.


Put the patty on a baking dish after applying a few drops of oil on the bottom and over the top. Repeat the process until all the dough is gone.


Place the patties in the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes. Let them cool a little on a cooling rack.


To serve stuff the patty inside the coco bread and enjoy.


I chose Coco bread with a veggie patty for week six of the 52 Week Challenge.

2 comments:

  1. Almost like a savoury samosa isn't it ? Interesting bread !

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  2. good one - very popular in New york - even sold at some pizza shops in caribbean neighborhoods although I dont eat it - I just think it is too much dough to eat in one sitting

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