Coconut Tart

Crust Ingredients

¼ cup vegetable shortening
¼ cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ cup milk
1 ½ cups flour
3 tablespoons water


3 cups fresh coconut, finely grated
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons nutmeg


Prepare the tart filling by combining all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until the liquid evaporates. Let the mixture stand until cool.

For the Curst combine shortening and butter until blended. Add sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla and mix well. Next, add the dry ingredients, including baking powder and flour, and mix until the dough becomes sticky. Knead the dough until it is stiff enough to roll. Divide the dough into two balls, one for the bottom layer and one for the top. Roll out one piece into a 9 inch pie dish. Fill the dish layered with dough with the coconut filling, and then roll the remaining dough, cut into 1 inch wide strips and braid on the top of the pie.

Bake at 350℉ for about 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let cool for 15 minutes.

This tart is a traditional Bahamian favorite which I think has it’s roots in a french torte. Enjoy! The coconut filling can be replaced with any of your favorite pie fillings with great results.

Peas n Rice Bahamian Food

Peas N Rice is to bahamians what potatoes are to most americans. A meal is not a meal with out peas n rice. Bahamian food is a fusion of many cultures and quite unique. Enjoy!


1/2 lb bacon chopped

1 small onion chopped

1/2 green pepper chopped

2 stalks celery chopped

1 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

1/2 tsp thyme leaves

Salt to taste

1 can of kidney beans (drained) You can substitute any bean you like.

6 oz can tomato paste

3 3/4 Cups water

2 Cups long grain rice


Reduce the bacon in a large pot medium low heat. When the bacon is crispy add the onion, green pepper, and celery, salt a little. Continue with the low heat until the mixture is tender.

Add the tomato paste and stir in. Add the beans. Add the water, stir, season with salt to taste and add the thyme and black pepper. Turn heat to high. When the pot reaches a boil add the rice and stir.

Top the pot with a proper fitting lid and reduce the heat to low. Set your kitchen timer for 25 mins.

After 25 mins check the rice, if done turn off the heat and let the pot sit for a further 15 minutes.