Coconut Bread


I first posted this recipe 2006 at A few people from Tanzania have asked me about coconut bread. Here again.




  • 2¼ tsp dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp extra sugar
  • ¾ cups coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp oil (optional) and ¼ tsp salt(optional)
  • Dissolve 1 tsp sugar in ½ cup warm water. Then, dissolve yeast in the same mixture. Cover with a plastic wrap until the yeast rises.
  • Add into mixture the remaining sugar, oil, and ½ cup of coconut milk.
  • In a bowl, mix flour into yeast mixture. If the dough is too hard to handle, add the remaining coconut milk, about a tbsp at a time.
  • If it is too soft, add flour a little bit at a time.
  • On a flat floured surface, continue to knead the dough for 10 minutes until it becomes elastic. Move the dough to a clean lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean cloth and let it rise.
  • Once it has doudled in size, knead the dough for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Knead the dough to a loaf shape. Place the dough into a bread loaf baking pan.
  • Let it rise a little above the rim.
  • Place the baking pan in a preheated oven (180C /350F). Bake the bread for 30 to 45 minutes. If you bake a lot at your home, use oven settings that you feel more comfotable with.

  19 comments for “Coconut Bread

  1. love all food
    August 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Please post more Tanzanian recipes. I love your food.

  2. regina
    June 6, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    dada miriam naomba unifafanulie kuhusu kipimo cha tbsp na tsp

  3. November 12, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    Rose, if using a bread maker, do I need to dissolve the yeast or can I just dump in all ingredients as it’s usually done with bread makers?

    • November 13, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      If you are using the yeast recommended by the “bread maker”, then you do not have to dissolve. I also prefer to use “fast rise yeast” so that I can skip all this work. I may have to update this recipe, nowadays very few people use the old fashioned yeast that dissolves first.

      Thanks for the question Sandra, I will edith the recipe.

      Mingi Love

  4. August 5, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    Naomb recipe ya mkate wa ufuta mambo ya kufuturu!

    • August 23, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Nilisha fanya video za Ramadan, lakini naona watu wa video wamenichelewesha, kwa hiyo ntaziweka mwezi wa tisa. Nimesikitika sana. Lakini nilipata ujumbe wako baada ya kutengeneza video. Sema ntaweza fanya hivyo baadae.

  5. July 16, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    I like your coconut bread. It sounds delicious!! The different recipes on your blog are absolutely new to me but they meet my taste!
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  6. Nancy
    June 23, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    The potatoes and coconut rice were great, My guest loved them.

  7. Wema
    April 21, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Hellow Miriam, thanx a lot for the recipe,nimependa this, i’ll do it at my home and will give you feedback. Thanx a lot.

  8. severa
    January 7, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    Habari dada, nimefurahi sana kuhusu mapishi yako
    ila kuna baadhi ya recipes umeziandika kwa kingereza kama mimi nimependa sana huu mkate wa

    samahani naomba unutafsirie kwa kiswahili.


    • January 22, 2010 at 2:16 AM

      Nina Mkate wa Nazi kwa Kiswahili. Nikipata hiyo page nitakuwekea.

      Asante na karibu tena na tena

  9. Jawahar
    August 25, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Sounds good. Will have to try this out. Asante sana!

    • seth
      July 20, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      hii dry yeast nini kwa kiswahili naomba unitafsirie dada Mariam
      asante sana!

      • November 12, 2011 at 4:02 AM

        Dry yeast ni amira.
        Sorry Rose, nimekuingilia.

        • November 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

          Asante sana dear, I think I forgot to answer this. It is nice for people who knows the answers of the questions posted here they can answer and help me. I sometimes forget or not noticing some comments. I do appreciate this.

          Mingi love

          • godlisten fidelis
            March 28, 2012 at 2:28 AM

            dada tunaifurahia sana kazi yako but can you help us in swahili also hope you will work on cause there so many people who wait for it.thanks again

            • April 23, 2012 at 8:16 AM

              I am getting ready to have a 100% swahili blog of Taste of Tanzania. Lakini ntaanza mwisho wa mwaka.

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