Ia Ora Na! (hello in Tahitian)
My wife and I had the fun task of watching how to make Tahitian coconut bread @ THE POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE back in June 2014. We learned that Tahitians are known for their wild hip shaking hula style with wicked Timbaland sounding island drum beats that he probably sampled himself at some point… The Tahitian folk in this part of the POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE tour actually made the bread by cooking it in the ground like the old school Tahitians, in fact just like all polynesians would have done (no ovens existed back then. I guess we can call them underground ovens?). Also, and to my own disappointment, you can see below on the right is a poor quality picture of the recipe. Yes I took that hideous picture… (blurry, unreadable, no focus, disappointing…). I did manage to find another better quality pic though…
OK, I’m ready. Let’s make this beautiful thing! 🙂
Ingredients: grated coconut, flour, baking powder, sugar, water
1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ 175 degrees Celsius
2 – In a large bowl, mix coconut & baking powder
3 – Add Sugar & Water
4 – Add flour
(above: gradually adding flour to rest of ingredients)
5 – Mix all ingredients to a doughy texture, adding flour as needed so that dough’s not to stick
6 – Break dough into 5 pieces of equal size (we used coconut oil to line the foil). Roll each piece into a log and wrap in Aluminium foil, the place on baking tray.
7 – Bake in the oven for 1-1.5 hours
Check if the bread is cooked through… And there you have it, your very own hot and steamy coconut bread. When you slice the bread while still hot/ warm, the smell is so coconutty and delicious. Might be a little heavy depending on who you are, but absolutely perfect buttered with a nice hot cup of tea. YUMMMmmMM-O!! Stay tuned for more Poly food/ recipes & more on the POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTRE!!
TAMA’A MAITAI (Bon apetit in Tahitian) 🙂