Coconut bread

Recipe: Tahitian Coconut Bread

Coconuts are a staple food in Tahiti and a delicious way to enjoy them is by baking Tahitian coconut bread! This sweet, moist bread involves only a few ingredients and can be enjoyed at both breakfast and lunch, or any time of the day. Coconut bread is sure to be a hit, especially when it accompanies tender and flavorful Roast Mahi Mahi. We love this recipe from Martha Stewart.

Tahitian men squeezing fresh coconut flesh through a rough cloth to obtain its milk
Tahitian men squeezing fresh coconut flesh through a rough cloth to obtain its milk


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk ** For a more concentrated flavor, use coconut milk instead of regular milk.
  • 1/2 cup grated dried coconut


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix. Add the milk and coconut and mix until well combined. Put in a small greased loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until the bread is springy to touch. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack to cool before slicing.

Bon Appetit!

Also see our popular Tahitian Poisson Cru Recipe

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Bronwyn Hodge

Idyllic Islands General Manager - Growing up in a family travel business, Bronwyn has been travelling from a very young age. Her favourite experience was 3 months spent backpacking through India and Southeast Asia. She counts many countries among her ‘favourites,’ but is especially fond of Australia for its lifestyle, Cambodia for its culture and resilience, and Japan for its contrasts. She holds the proud distinction of being Goway’s only former Bollywood star – having once starred in a Coke commercial in Mumbai.

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