Jamaican meatloaf and coco bread recipe: quite nice things to make. The meatloaf can be flavoured any way you want it. And in fact, you can use the bread dough to make callaloo loaf, ackee loaf, or a veggie loaf. The possibilities are endless.
If you go to a patty shop in Jamaica, you can’t just buy one patty and walk out! No way! You will want to try the meatloaf and also the coco bread. Then you’ll want to learn to make them yourself so I have here for you the perfect Jamaican meatloaf and coco bread recipe.
I say they are perfect because I have tested the recipe, made it several times, and this is the closest we’ve tasted to the real deal.
What are Jamaican meatloaf and coco bread?
First of all, they are not loaves, and neither do they have coco nor cocoa in. A Jamaican meatloaf is a savoury pasty made with a bread dough covering which hides a spicy and mouthwatering meat filling. The meat most commonly used is minced beef but people have been known to use other meats. There’s even a callaloo loaf and an ackee loaf.
The coco bread just has no filling. It is often used as the bread for a delicious sandwich, or to slap a patty in, if you’re feeling particularly hungry.
Here’s a picture to show you what I mean.
Ok here’s the Jamaican meatloaf and coco bread recipe you’ve come here for
For the bread mixture you will need the following:
500g flour (use strong bread flour or plain flour)
300 ml of warm water or milk
1tbsp butter (plus a little more for spreading
14 g yeast
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl (avoid putting the yeast and salt directly together at the start.)
Make a well in the centre and add the warm liquid.
Mix together until a dough is formed
Knead the dough until soft, pliable and stretchy (about 5 mins)
Grease the bowl and place the dough in the centre. Spread a little oil or melted butter on the top of the dough, cover the bowl with cling film or a clean tea towel. Place in a warm place to rise. This should take about 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
Leave the dough to rise and go on to make your filling.
For the filling, you will need the following ingredients
250 g ground beef
1 chopped onion
2 scallions, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp oil
2tsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric
I scotch bonnet pepper, chopped finely
1 tsp ground pimento
2 Maggie flavour cubes (these are the best)
2tbsp tomato purée
1/2 cup water
Sauté the onion, garlic, and scallions in oil until softened.
Add the meat and continue cooking until the meat is no longer pink. Season with salt, pepper, thyme, turmeric, curry powder, flavour cubes, pimento, and tomato purée.
Add water and give it a stir.
Cover and leave to simmer for 10 minutes
Add the breadcrumbs. Taste and adjust the flavours if necessary. Turn off the heat and leave to cool.
Now turn your attention to the dough which should be swollen and ready for the second kneading.
At this stage, your kitchen will have the smell of a Jamaican patty shop. Amazing!
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Turn out the well-risen dough onto your work surface and flatten to get rid of the air which has puffed it up.
Knead for a few minutes and then roll out onto a lightly floured surface.
Divide the mixture into 12 pieces
Roll each piece into a circle
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
Put two to three tablespoons of the filling mixture across the centre of each circle. Moisten the edges with a little water and then fold over to enclose the filling. Press down on the edges to seal. Pierce the tops of each meatloaf to allow hot air to escape during baking.
For coco bread, brush the top of one of the circles with melted and place another circle on top. Press down to flatten. Brush the top one now and then moisten the edges. Fold over and then flatten just the edges to seal.
Place loaves and coco bread on baking trays and leave in a warm place for about 10 minutes. (Make sure to leave space in between for them to rise.
Place meatloaves and coco bread to bake in the hot oven for about 20 to 30 minutes. They should be risen and golden brown.
Remove from the oven and brush with a little melted butter.
Your efforts should be well worth it.
Invite your friends over for a Jamaican feast and I tell you, they won’t believe that you actually made this all by yourself!
Next time you go to Jamaica, check out any Juici Beef restaurant and get yourself a fix of a patty, meatloaf and coco bread or whatever else you desire.
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