Monday, 5 August 2013

Life of Spice: Coconut Gizzada

Almost every street vender will have a rack of sweet pastry for sale; peanut cake, drops, grater cake and/or gizzada. Typically, each vender will have their own little jingle while looking a sale, "Nutsy Nutsy, Nutsy!" Or "Mi have grater cake, drops, gizzada! Sweet up yuh mout!" Coconut Gizzada or Gizzada for short is an excellent treat after that elaborate Sunday dinner and yuh start fi feel peckish.


2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/1/2 oz margarine
1/1/2 oz shortening
1/4 ice water

1 large coconut (grated)
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (grated)
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon margarine

1. Sieve the flour and salt for pastry
2. Add margarine and shortening and cut in flour.
3. Pour ice water and form dough
4. Shaped into a ball and allow to rest in the refrigerator for 30 mins
5. Divide dough into 8 pieces.
6. Roll each ball of pastry out flat and cut using a round tin. Making each circle 1/4 inch thick.
7. Pinch edges of the cut out dough to hold coconut filling.
8. Grease baking sheet and place pastry shell

To make Filling
1. Combine coconut , sugar, nutmeg and water
2. Place over low heat for 20 mins; stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
3. Fill shells with coconut mixture and bake for 15-20 mins

Happy Filling
God Bless you
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