Bajan conkies

Bajan Conkies
Conkies are traditionally made during Independence celebratons. ( recipe –



1/2 cup flour
3/4 lb finely grated pumpkin
6 oz margarine/shortening melted
1/2 lb sweet potato (optional)
3 cups grated coconut
1 egg
1 tsp salt
4 oz raisins (optional)
3/4 lb brown sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp spice
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp almond essence
*Banana, Plantain or Fig leaves (singed over fire)


  • Combine grated coconut, sweet potato & pumpkin.
  •  Mix in sugar, spices, flour, corn flour, salt and raisins.
  •  Beat Egg and add to mixture
  •  Add milk, margarine and almond essence.
  • Mix ingredients well. Mixture should be thick and drop slowly from a spoon.
  •  Place 2 to 3 heaping tablespoons in the centre of each banana leaf square.
  • Fold the banana leaf neatly around the mixture. Be careful not to tear the leaf, else the mixture will leak.
  • Steam conkies over rack of boiling water in a large saucepan or steamer until firm to the touch.


Preparing the banana leaves

Banana leaves are used to wrap the conkie mixture, therefore you need leaves that aren’t shredded. Strip leaves from stalk with a sharp knife. Leaves are very delicate and tear easily. To use them in your recipe, you must make them pliable by briefly singeing them over an open flame. If your leaves start to curl up, that means you had them on the flame too long. If your leaves spontaneously combust, that means you were using old, dried up leaves. Please use green leaves! Tear your singed leaves into individual squares to wrap your conkies in. Many recipes recommend 8″ x 8″ squares, but they can be bigger depending on how big you want your conkies to be. Cut the leaves into pieces that you can comfortably wrap the conkies in.




19 Responses to Bajan conkies

  1. Gloria Springer
    Gloria Springer November 6, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Had my yesterday it was good

  2. Linda Fenty
    Linda Fenty November 6, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Egg in conkies , that’s a new one. Like my Mother’s cousin putting pepper in hers. Disgusting. I love conkies when they are moist and not terribly sweet.

  3. Linda Fenty
    Linda Fenty November 6, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Deborah E Tuitt-Gooding perhaps that’s why some when you purchase from the supermarket taste so awful.

  4. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond November 6, 2016 at 4:19 pm


  5. Araya Sunshine
    Araya Sunshine November 6, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    That recipe! I make and sell hundreds each year with NO EGGS, NO flour and NO MILK!! Sweet potato is a MUST!

  6. Pat-bb Patty
    Pat-bb Patty November 6, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    What egg wonna talking bout???? In all my 46 yrs I never heard about egg in conkies….no please

    • Cecilia Millar
      Cecilia Millar November 6, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      maybe they does put ithe in the oven all these new found cooka lol egg concierge cokes made of pumpkin sweet potatoes coconutcorn flour mellow kreem sugar salt and spices I also see people talk but putting in flour yuck and egg that for the oven lmao

    • Pat-bb Patty
      Pat-bb Patty November 6, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      Them gotta b new age conkies coz I don’t know nothing bout egg in them, and yuh put in sweet potato so yuh don’t need flour….sigh

  7. Araya Sunshine
    Araya Sunshine November 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    That recipe is just plain nasty!

  8. Arte Maria Benn
    Arte Maria Benn November 6, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Where de egg come in?


  9. Sharon Ward
    Sharon Ward November 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm
  10. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva November 6, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I would love to have a shipment.

  11. Alex Alleyne November 6, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Do you just away this “master recipe” just like that. Soon Bajans will be importing these tasty bites from up North. The saying will be,
    Cos we in BIM too busy and don’t need the hard work.

  12. Pat-bb Patty
    Pat-bb Patty November 6, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    When yuh put in the sweet potato u don’t need to put in flour too

  13. Cecilia Millar
    Cecilia Millar November 6, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    check me out girl real thing

  14. King Onoriode
    King Onoriode November 7, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Is nice

  15. Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa
    Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa November 7, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Gran gran nah use egg. Gran gran recipes is gospel to me so boa! I clearly mekkin dem wrong!

  16. Mudday Sally November 7, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    What eggs and flour? Please repost with a good old-fashioned BAJAN recipe

  17. stephen miller November 8, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    The process is about making conkies not baking pudding … no eggs please!

    Aaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ……


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