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How To Make Jamaican Gizzadas

Updated: Aug 2, 2023

Soft & Chewy Coconut Gizzada, a Jamaican Traditional Pastry, and Coconut Treat

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Jamaican Coconut Gizzadas are truly delicious, tasty, and nutritious. According to my research, Gizzada or grizzada, also referred to as pinch-me-round, and known as queijada in the Portuguese language, is a pastry in Jamaican cuisine and Portuguese cuisine. The tart is contained in a small, crisp pastry shell with a pinched crust and filled with a sweet and spiced coconut filling. Here's how to make Jamaican Coconut Gizzadas!

Jamaican Coconut Gizzada

Pastry Dough Ingredients

Here are the following key ingredients that I use when I am making my pastry dough, feel free to make it your way:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup butter, cool temperature

  • 1/4 cup cold water (or as needed)


There are many ways to get to the same outcome, have fun when making your version of this delicious pastry, here's how I make it:

  1. Add flour, salt, and butter to a pan

  2. Mix to combine them and evenly distribute the butter (I did this for about 2-4 minutes). I kind of pinch the mixture to rub in the butter.

  3. Add water and continue to mix the ingredients into a dough

  4. Let the dough sit in a cool place for 30 minutes (I put it in the refrigerator)

  5. Make each gizzada dough in your preferred design. I like them round with pinched edges or folded into a tart.

Pastry Topping Ingredients

Here are the following key ingredients that I use when I am making my pastry topping for my Jamaican Coconut Gizzada, feel free to make it your way:

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut flakes

  • 3/4 brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon honey (or pancake syrup)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or flavor

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 piece root ginger

  • 1/4 cup water (or as needed)


This is how I made my topping or filling. Again, remember to enjoy, explore and feel free to do it your way:

  1. Add all your ingredients to a saucepan

  2. Place that on low heat and let cook for about 15 minutes (stir it consistently so that it doesn't get burnt)

  3. When it has the consistency that you like and the coconut is cooked, add filling to the dough shapes that you made

  4. Grease your baking pan (you can also flour the pan as well)

  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or based on your preference (I don't like it too crisp, I like it chewy)

When the gizzadas are baked, rest for a few minutes for them to cool. Enjoy! Please let me know if you enjoy this recipe. Thank you for stopping by.

See how I made this pastry multiple times in the videos below 👇🏼

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