Xardija’s Bajan Turnovers

Bajan turnovers are a favorite pastry that many Barbadians have eaten for as long as I can remember. They are a delightful combination of coconut, sugar, flour and other ingredients made by Xardija’s, that are a delightful treat you have to try yourself.


3 Cups All-purpose Flour
1 Tsp Yeast
½ Cup Granulated Sugar
½ Cup Margarine
1 Tsp salt
1 ½ Cups Water

3 Cups Grated Coconut
1 Tsp Cinnamon Powder
1 Whole Nutmeg
1 Tbsp Vanilla Essence
1 ½ Cups Brown Sugar
Castor Sugar (Optional)


1. Combine all the ingredients except the fat in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a
dough hook, on low speed to moisten. The flour may be added a small amount at a time in order to form soft dough. Scrape down the bowl.
2. Knead on medium speed to properly develop the dough for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Add margarine, a small amount at a time, and mix until it is fully incorporated into the dough.
4. Rest in a warm place until the dough is double in size, punch down to release the gases. (While dough is resting make filling)
5. In a saucepan, add sugar to caramelize. Add spices, coconut and essences and combine. Filling should be a sticking consistency. Set aside.
6. Portion and scale the into 2 oz portions.
7. Roll into two in rectangles and place a small amount of filling in the center.
8. Roll the dough into a tight cylinder and tuck ends to close.
9. Place tightly together on a lined baking sheet with the sealed side down.
10. Proof again until the turnovers have doubled in size then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius for 18- 20 minutes or until golden.
11. Glaze turnovers hot out of the oven with caramelized sugar or simple syrup. Sprinkle with castor sugar.

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