Fein Tau Faluma tuma Adulu Tau Yuga (Coconut Bread with Cassava Porridge)

Coconut Bread with Cassava Porridge
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Fein Tau Faluma tuma Adulu Tau Yuga (Coconut Bread with Cassava Porridge)Penny De Los Santos

The quintesential Garifuna breakfast consists of yeasty coconut bread and a warming porridge made with cassava flour. This recipe first appeared in our November 2012 issue along with Betsy Andrews's story Cassava Nation.

Fein Tau Faluma tuma Adulu Tau Yuga (Coconut Bread with Cassava Porridge)
The quintesential Garifuna breakfast consists of yeasty coconut bread and a warming porridge made with cassava flour.
Yield: serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 (¼-oz.) package active dry yeast
  • 6 12 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil, plus more for greasing
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 cups unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • 8 oz. panela, finely chopped (available at Amazon.com), or 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 23 cup cassava flour (available at Amazon.com)
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Stir together sugar, yeast, and ¼ cup water, heated to 115°, in a small bowl; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Pour into a bowl along with 2½ cups coconut milk, oil, and salt; stir until smooth. Add flour and coconut; stir until dough forms. Transfer to a floured work surface; knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  2. Punch down dough and divide into 12 equal pieces; shape each piece into a ball, and transfer to 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and let sit until puffed, about 40 minutes.
  3. Heat oven to 350°. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, bring panela, both milks, cassava flour, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and 4 cups water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat; cook until thickened, about 20 minutes. Serve with bread on the side.