Through the years I have assembled more than a few West Indian bread recipes and have decided it is high time to compile them into their own post! Please note that I am more than aware that the current listing is far from exhaustive. As a result I am dividing it into two parts which will be continually updated. If you don’t see a recipe here that you would like me to add to the site please leave me a comment so that I can add it to my ever-growing “to cook” list
TriniGourmet’s West Indian Bread Recipes (in alphabetical order)
Mmm pone. A sinfully sweet childhood memory. Not a pudding, not a cake, but something somewhere in between. Pones are usually made from root vegetables. You can also make them with carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin
I don’t know why coconut rock buns appeal to me so much. I think in part it’s because of the contrast of the homely rough-hewn exterior which belies the soft airy texture of the insides. Or maybe it’s the sweet sugary crust which perfectly complements the coconut infused, raisin-studded flavours? Who knows? It may take a lifetime of consumption for me to find the answer
Growing up I never thought of cornbread as a particularly West Indian dish however it seems to have a place in the bread section of every Caribbean Cookbook that I own so I’m going to roll with it This particular recipe is one of my attention and has a little spicy kick that goes great with savoury dishes.
Hops is the most basic of breakfast breads/buns here in Trinidad. I have no idea how it got its name, maybe it has to do with the lengthy yeast development stage before flour is added? Its distinctive smell, taste and shape I think are some of the earliest memories of morning for many a Trini child.
This is a plain roti, made of white flour. Because it is the simplest roti to make, it is the most commonly consumed roti in Trinidad. It is a popular breakfast option in Trinidad, in combination with tomato choka, baigan choka (eggplant), and other vegetable dishes.
Hearty by nature, its heavy crumb it keeps you feeling satisfied for hours. Especially when taken with a savory topping. My version here, raises the fiber content through a healthy dose of wholewheat flour.
Recipes to come (if you see a recipe listed here rest assured that it will be on the site in due time, no need to ‘rush meh’ )