Coconut Toto - Jamaican RecipesPublished Sep 21, 2006
Toto (pronounced toeto) is a Jamaican traditional desert that is served at most family gatherings. It is a favorite of Jamaican at home and abroad. Toto is one of the easiest Jamaican dishes to cook. Coconut flavor is the key element of this traditional Jamaican dish.
Toto has its origins in slavery. At night time slaves were hungry from being underfed. They would use coconut, molasses and flour to make totos. It was baked the traditional way with fire coals place on top of a metal sheet covering the cake pan and fire beneath the cake pan. This style of backing is where the Jamaican term “fiyah a tap an fiyah a battam” and “hell a tap an hell a battam” comes from.
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tsps. Baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
2 cups grated coconut
1 cup Evaporated milk
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Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer.
Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Add flour mixture, and coconut to butter and sugar mixture alternately with Evaporated milk.
- Spread evenly in greased shallow baking tin 8” x 12”.
- Bake at 400F about 30 minutes
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Thought I would love the concept of a coconut cake/bread, but it came out too dry!! There wasn't enough liquids or fats in this. I would like to try this again, but I would have to tweak it. It needed more of something to make it a bit moister, possibly less flour or more butter or evaporated milk. The bottom of it burnt :(. Flavor was great, just very dry.
I love this cake, since finding this recipe I have baked it so many times, nice accompaniment with a scoop of ice cream. Yum!
My family receipe is slightly different in that we use condensed milk instead of evaporated and we substitute half the coconut for sweet potato.
Like My grandmother I use evaporated milk and Red label wine as well. Please do not forget the rose water and almond; adds a unique flavor.