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Gizzada Recipe Jamaican style


Coconut gizzada is an old-time favourite pastry that is loved by adults and children



2 cups flour

1/2 tsp. salt

2 1/2 oz. shortening

1/4 cup ice water


1 large coconut, grated

1 cup light brown sugar

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 tbsp. water


Preheat oven to 350 F

Sift flour and salt. Add butter and shortening and cut in flour. Pour in ice water to form a dough

With a pastry blender, two knives, or fingers, blend until mixture resembles coarse crumbs

With hands , shape into a ball and wrap in foil, waxed paper or plastic

Allow dough to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes (not freezer)

Divide pastry into 8 pieces

With hands roll each piece of dough into a ball  then use a rolling pin to roll balls flat to make a 3 inch circle 1/4 inch thick

Pinch edges to form a ridge to hold in coconut and sugar mixture

Put on greased tin sheets and partly bake shells (5-6 minutes)

To Make filling

Mix coconut , sugar, nutmeg and water  in a container. Cover container and let it sits for 20 minutes

Fill shells with coconut mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes


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