Test Kitchen Tuesday…Coconut Salara


I have always been a lover of anything coconut, but this takes the cake!!  Its a guyanese baked good named salara.  The best description would be a deliciously, fragrant,  sweetened coconut mixture rolled in a soft  sweet bread.   I’ve never made this before and for some reason have always been afraid.  I think it’s because it involves making bread.  For some reason whenever a recipe has bread anywhere in it I automatically think it’s time consuming and an aerobic workout.  Today was different, my love for all things coconut drove me to take on this task and I must say I’m pleased.  I’m currently scarfing down a piece as I write…trust me, it was worth it!!  I found this recipe on www.guyanaoutpost.com they have great guyanese recipes.

Coconut Salara

1 tbsp dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
¼ cup sugar
1 cup milk
¼ cup shortening
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp butter
1 egg white


1 cup shredded coconut
½ cup sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla essence
Red food coloring

Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon  of sugar. Mix and let stand.Warm the milk, set aside.  Combine the shortening, salt and sugar and  flour.    Add milk, egg and yeast to dry ingredients.   Knead to make a moderately stiff dough.   Shape into a ball.  Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover; let rise to double in size for about 1 hour.

Combine all the filling ingredients and set aside.  Punch down the dough and divide in half. Roll each half into an 12 inch x 8 inch rectangle, and brush with melted butter.  Sprinkle half of the filling mixture on each rectangle of dough. Roll up lengthwise and seal the edges.  Cover and let rise until double in bulk.  Mix 1 egg white with water and brush the dough.  Bake at 325 for 25 mins until golden brown.  Allow to cool before cutting.





  1. May 13, 2009 / 9:56 pm

    That sounds great! Bookmarking the recipe 🙂

  2. fruit_loop
    September 22, 2009 / 7:18 pm

    only a true guyanese would type up this recipe.
    and another would look it up. =)

    man i LOOOOVE salara.

  3. RN
    May 7, 2010 / 11:37 am

    I am trying this out this w/e hopefully it turns out like your pictures…

  4. Nalini
    May 21, 2010 / 10:15 am

    Hi, I tried this receipe last night. I didn’t think with my luck that it will come out ok, but it did. It is so easy to make and tasted so good!! If you follow the receipe exactly as it is, you’ll get perfect salara. Thanks for this receipe.

  5. JehanP
    May 22, 2010 / 7:52 am

    You’re welcome Nalini..keep visiting!

  6. lala
    June 16, 2010 / 7:34 am

    i’m trini and i love salara coconut bread it is my favorite coconut bread of all times no other can top it… thanks for the recipe

  7. urmela
    September 9, 2010 / 7:06 am

    I know salara is veggi. Never hear eggs in the dough. But will try it. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Kar
    June 21, 2012 / 9:13 am

    urmela, i usually omit eggs from all my recipes and you can never tell. I can’t wait to try this!

  9. indera
    October 26, 2012 / 12:30 pm

    I will like to know if you will cook the coconut with sugar for a few mins before putting it on the dough.


  10. JehanP
    October 28, 2012 / 10:30 am

    Indera, no you do not have to cook the coconut.

  11. Dolly
    March 2, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    I try this recipe three but the dough did not rise …I follow the recipe step by step

  12. JehanP
    March 4, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    Dolly if the dough didn’t rise it could be because your yeast is not longer active. I always buy a new package of yeast when I make food requiring yeast and I’ve even had an incident where the fresh yeast didn’t rise. Also was it left to raise in a warm place? Yeast thrives on warmth and needs it to do it’s job.

  13. Dolly
    March 5, 2013 / 5:45 pm

    Thank you!! JehanP

  14. March 19, 2013 / 3:42 pm

    Hi there, I’m off on sick leave and have been cooking up a storm with all of your recipes. Today I made chowmein, Chinese chicken and salary. I love love Salara. And I plan on making it agin next week for a fundraising event to help out my kids in Guyana . The salary was good but I like it when the coconut wet and juicy. Any tips? And I wasn’t sure how many drops of coconut to use. But it came out pretty well I think.

  15. JehanP
    March 20, 2013 / 6:05 pm

    Yadah, I wish I could help you with this but unfortunately I can’t. I do not make salara too often and as you can see this recipe was not my own. So sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  16. April 27, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    It’s all good. Everybody lugs it. So good I mek it three times since then

  17. Bebe
    May 4, 2013 / 6:03 am

    Yadah, to get it a little more juicy in the filling add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the mixture but the sugar should get it pretty juicy enough

  18. Deborah
    July 31, 2013 / 4:43 am

    I tried this recipe, it was absolutely delicious. Can’t stop baking and cooking from your site. Also I did add a tbsp of water. I remember my dad making this umteen years ago. Do you have a recipe for coconut bread.

  19. celeste
    October 28, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    Thank you for the recipe ….came out perfect

  20. ajummabunny
    December 5, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    Hello Jehan,
    I just said to my friend we should make salara hoping she would have made it or seen it made at least once. Not so, of course. So it’s off to the internet.

    Your pictures look closest to how I remember salara looking.

    I will make some alterations to the recipe to match what I grew up using.

    Thanks so much for posting!

  21. January 2, 2015 / 2:14 am

    Your bread recipe has made our Xmas family gathering memorable.Every family member is baking up a storm now,I have made six loaves so far..xmas…new year.Thank you so much for sharing.

  22. Lisa
    January 12, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    I followed your recipe closely, used 1-1/2 cups of coconut instead of 1 cup and found the end product was delicious but needed more coconut filling. I will make again using 3 cups of coconut – thanks for recipe.

  23. JehanP
    January 18, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    You’re welcome Lisa. My recipes can be used as a base, you can always adjust according to your liking!

  24. February 24, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    I tried this and couldn’t be any more pleased with the outcome! We call this ‘Slice’ in St. Vincent and it was the best slice I ever tasted! Great blog, great job! I intend to try some of your other great recipes.