Benjamins Gizzada Recipe

15 min Cook
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There’s more than enough dessert to go around in Jamaica, and Gizzada is at the top of everyone’s list. You’ll recognize it easily as it is a small round tart with pinch-like marks around the edges for stylistic effect, which is filled with grated coconut, sugar, nutmeg, ginger, and vanilla.

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Gizzada Recipe

Gizzada Recipe

Crunch your way through the gooey center of a Gizzada for a delicious burst of flavor.
prep time
45 min
cooking time
15 min
total time
1 hour


  • Stove

  • Pot


  • 1 lb pastry flour

  • 1/2 tbsp sugar

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 1/4 lb margarine, cold

  • 1/4 lb shortening, cold

  • 3/4 cup cold water


Place flour in a large bowl, add sugar and salt and mix well.
Shred the cold margarine and shortening, add to the flour and rub in until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
Add cold water to the flour mixture and gently mix to form a pastry dough. Do not knead.
Cover the pastry and place in the refrigerator to relax for about 15-18 minutes.
Lightly dust the work surface with flour.
Remove pastry from the refrigerator and place on the floured work surface. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out the pastry.
Use a 3 1/2 - 4 inch cutter to cut the rolled pastry into circles.
Crimp the edge using the thumb of one hand and the thumb and fore finger of the other hand.
Place on a cookie sheet, fill each with about three tablespoons coconut mixture and bake in a pre-heated oven at 205 degrees C or 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
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