Coconut Bread Pudding

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Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Chef Mireille

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Coconut Bread Pudding

A spice laden flavorful bread pudding from the French influenced Caribbean island of Dominica. Perfect for holiday time!


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Bread Pudding is one of those foods that many countries have a version of. American/British/French style bread pudding usually has buttered bread slices which are then toasted and cubed.  This is then covered with a rich egg custard and then baked in a water bath.The bread pieces stay intact even after baking.

Caribbean style bread pudding, which is the kind I grew up eating, is a solid pudding made from soaked bread slices.  Although I have been eating this my entire life, this was my first attempt at making it.  My grandmother is from Dominica and on my first visit in 2007 I managed to pick up a few recipes from relatives and friends.

Before we get to the bread pudding, let’s talk a little about Caribbean bread.  Even our white bread is not as soft and doughy as American white bread.  Besides all the health benefits of baking with whole grains, the reason I always include some kind of whole grain in my bread baking is to give the bread some body and texture. 

 White bread was never in my home growing up, however I recall visiting friends and eating Wonder bread for the first time and I thought it was the most annoying thing in the world to eat with its soft texture getting stuck to the roof of my mouth.  I was probably the only kid who preferred wheat bread to white, but it all depends what you’re used to.

Caribbean white bread has more body and has a denser texture, yet it is not heavy like whole grain breads can sometimes be.  This is one thing I have never attempted to make and I am sure it would take some practice for me to get the texture right.  Until I do, I am lucky to have a little of the Caribbean here in NY. 

 Golden Krust is a popular Caribbean restaurant chain, with locations throughout all of New York and you can easily get a loaf of what they call Hard Dough Bread.  The name doesn’t sound appetizing, but trust me – you won’t regret buying this loaf of bread!  If you don’t have access to a Caribbean bakery, use an Artisan bread with body and a little density.

This will become your new favorite holiday dessert every year!!!

Coconut Bread Pudding

Coconut Bread Pudding came out the perfect texture.  Now I no longer have to wait until I visit the bakery to be able to get Caribbean style bread pudding.  I can make it myself whenever I want!

Before we get to this recipe, you might want to try our some other Caribbean treats to tempt your palate.

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Coconut Bread Pudding
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Coconut Bread Pudding

Caribbean style bread pudding is perfect to complete your holiday table.
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 12
Calories: 288kcal
Author: Chef Mireille


  • 10 slices Hard Dough bread ends trimmed and cut into large pieces
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup frozen shredded coconut defrosted (or freshly grated coconut)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • zest of 1 lime grated
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Soak bread in water for a few minutes.
  • Remove the bread and squeeze out all of the water by hand very well.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Heat milk until warm but not boiling.
  • Slowly add mix while running the mixer continuously.
  • Add nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and clove. Mix well.
  • Add lime zest, coconut and bread. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
  • Leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Lightly grease a square baking dish with butter.
  • Transfer batter to baking dish.
  • Bake for 2 hours, until the pudding is set.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.



The longer you chill the pudding, the firmer it will set. It is best to chill overnight.
Can be served chilled or at room temperature.


Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 144IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. sounds so delicious with added coconut and all spices…I really enjoyed reading the whole post.Its interesting to know about different food culture…
    thanks for linking…

  2. 5 stars
    I’m a massive fan of coconut. I’m also a massive fan of bread. Oh, and a massive fan of pudding. So kind all my favourite things in one! LOL!

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