Gizzadas are tasty coconut filled tarts that people love to eat in Jamaica. Here is the recipe so that you can make these delicious treats from the comfort of your own home!
1 cup Water
1 ½ cups Grated Coconut
1 ½ lb. Brown Sugar
¼ tsp. Grated Nutmeg
1 oz. Butter
Boil water and sugar together on low heat to make syrup. Add the grated coconut and other ingredients, except butter, to the syrup and allow it to boil for 15 minutes. Stir the ingredients with a fork every now and then.
Add butter and stir ingredients for another 6 minutes or until butter is not visible in the filling. Allow the filling to cool.
Ingredients for pastry:
2 cups Flour
1 tsp. Shortening
1 tbsp. Butter
½ tsp. Salt
Sift flour and salt together. Cut in butter and shortening and add water to make dough. After making dough, place it in a plastic wrapping and keep the dough in the fridge for half an hour.
Flour the board first. Remove the dough from the fridge and use a rolling pin to roll dough on a cutting board to a ¼ inch thickness.
Using an 8-oz drinking glass, you can cut circles in the dough. Or use a cookie cutter to make the size of the pieces you desire. Pinch around the circled pieces of dough in a uniform pattern; this will give the decorated effect. You pinch the dough to make a holder for the filling.
Remove the dough pieces for the filling and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake the dough pieces at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. And then add the filling to the baked dough. Bake the gizzadas for another 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, allow them to cool and get ready to enjoy!
For the original recipe, go to http://www.jamaican-recipes.com/gizzada.html