Gizzada Recipe: Indulge in the Exotic Flavors of Jamaica

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Dive into the exotic and delightful flavors of Jamaica with Gizzada, a beloved pastry that's as rich in history as it is in taste. Also known as "pinch-me-round" or "gizzarda," this sweet and spicy coconut-filled tart is a traditional Jamaican delicacy enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Embark on a culinary journey to the Caribbean with our authentic Gizzada recipe.


2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cold butter, cubed

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup cold water

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)


In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt. Add the cubed cold butter and use your fingertips to rub it into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add the cold water to the flour mixture, mixing until a dough forms. Knead the dough gently until smooth, then wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a muffin tin or tart pans. In a separate bowl, combine the shredded coconut, brown sugar, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Mix well to combine. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Use a round cutter to cut out circles of dough, large enough to fit into the muffin tin or tart pans. Press each circle of dough into the prepared muffin tin or tart pans, ensuring there are no gaps or tears. Spoon the coconut filling mixture into each dough-lined muffin tin or tart pan, filling them to the top. Brush the edges of the dough with beaten egg to create a golden crust. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is set. Remove from the oven and let cool in the tin or pans for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Serve Gizzadas at room temperature as a delightful snack or dessert, perfect for enjoying with a cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee or as a sweet treat after a meal. These coconut-filled tarts are sure to transport you to the sunny shores of Jamaica with every bite.

Gizzadas are a true taste of Jamaican tradition, with their sweet coconut filling and buttery pastry crust. With our easy-to-follow recipe, you can recreate this iconic Caribbean delicacy at home and experience the flavors of Jamaica wherever you are.