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Coca bread is a delicious Spanish yeast bread that resembles a thin crust pizza, topped with a tempting array of sweet or savory ingredients. Today I am sharing a sweet version of coca bread that you will want to make again and again!

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I've been wanting to make some bread lately. I think it's because I haven't made it in a while and I need that tactile sensation, to really get inside and be “one” with the dough. This was perfect because of the kneading. For some reason, I was hesitant to get my hands dirty today and just stood there for a few minutes watching the dough, waiting.
But once inside, there was no going back!

It's fun to try something new. If you're not an experienced baker, this recipe is a great place to start!

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All about coca bread

If you’ve never tried this delicious bread before, you’re in good company! Coca bread is a traditional Spanish dish that resembles a thin crust pizza. It usually consists of a crusty bread base topped with a variety of ingredients, including vegetables, meats, seafood, and herbs. The dough is often rolled out thinly and baked until golden and crispy, creating a perfect canvas for toppings.

Coca bread can be served as an appetizer, a snack, or even a light meal, making it versatile and delicious! Trust me, once you try this recipe, you won’t be able to do without it! So, grab your apron and let’s dive into the delicious world of coca bread!

Ingredients for a sweet version of coca bread.Ingredients for a sweet version of coca bread.

Coca Bread Ingredients

Here's what you need to make this Spanish sweet bread:

  • Active dry yeast
  • Hot water
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Whole milk (room temperature)
  • Large eggs
  • Unsalted butter
  • Honey

You can find the exact quantities of these essential foods in the recipe below!

First series of photos of the process for making cocoa bread.First series of photos of the process for making cocoa bread.
Second series of photos of the process for making cocoa bread.Second series of photos of the process for making cocoa bread.

How to Make Spanish Coca Sweet Bread

This recipe makes two loaves of this delicious bread! Give one as a gift or freeze it for later.

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon yeast with the warm water; let the yeast mixture sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine 1 cup sugar, 4 cups flour, and salt in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, stir the yeast mixture, milk, 3 eggs, and ½ cup melted butter into the dry ingredients until combined. Using your hands, work the remaining flour into the dough ¼ cup at a time, until the dough is no longer sticky.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough ball until it develops a smooth surface with a satiny texture and does not spring back when you touch it with your finger. This will take about 5 minutes.
  4. Form the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl, rotating the dough in the bowl to coat it completely. I like to use a drizzle of olive oil, but you can also use butter.
  5. Cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about an hour, until it doubles in volume.
Third series of photos of the process for making cocoa bread.Third series of photos of the process for making cocoa bread.

Shaping and baking bread

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Generously grease two baking sheets with a little melted butter. Invert the dough onto a clean work surface and cut in half.
  2. Place half of the dough on each prepared baking sheet and press the dough into two 8 X 17 inch rectangles with a rolling pin or your hands. Let the dough rest and rise (proof) for 15 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush each loaf with the egg wash.
  4. Generously sprinkle the surface of the dough with the remaining ¼ cup sugar and drizzle the honey over the entire surface of the bread.
  5. Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 18 minutes. Transfer the bread to wire racks to cool, then slice and serve!
Pieces of a Spanish sweet bread.Pieces of a Spanish sweet bread.
OH. MY. GOD! This bread will definitely be added to my to-have list!!

I love honey on bread or rolls, so when I read HONEY in the ingredients I knew this bread had to be something special. The honey soaked into the bread, the sugar melted and with the two together… oh, it was just HEAVEN, particularly when it was still warm, fresh out of the oven!

I HIGHLY recommend you to try it. I am sure you, your family and friends will love it! This is of course, Self choose to share it!

A Spanish bread known as Coca.A Spanish bread known as Coca.

How to store leftover coca bread

This bread will stay fresh at room temperature for 3-4 days if wrapped tightly. Store in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.

Can you freeze coca bread?

Yes, you can freeze coca bread, but make sure you store it properly. Let it cool completely to prevent condensation from forming. Then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in a freezer bag. Remove excess air.

Store flat in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until hot and crispy!

A Spanish sweet bread made with yeast.A Spanish sweet bread made with yeast.

Try these breads from other cultures too!

  • This French bread recipe makes four small loaves of delicious, crusty bread!
  • If you want good Italian bread, you have to try my grandmother's Italian bread recipe. It's so good and easy to make!
  • Another popular Italian bread is focaccia, and this garlic and rosemary focaccia is perfect!
  • Good morning to you! This Irish Soda Bread is a great quick bread for your St. Patrick's Day dinner or any time you want a quick and delicious loaf!
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Created by: by Lynne Feifer

Coca bread

Preparation time 20 minutes
Time to cook 18 minutes
Total time 2 hours 3 minutes

Coca bread is a delicious Spanish yeast bread that resembles a thin pizza and can be topped with sweet or savory ingredients. This sweet version of coca bread is one you will make again and again!

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Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon yeast with the warm water; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.

  • In a bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, 4 cups flour, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the yeast mixture, milk, 3 eggs, and ½ cup melted butter until combined. Using your hands, work the remaining flour into the dough ¼ cup at a time, until the dough is no longer sticky.

  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until it has a smooth, satiny texture and springs back when you touch it with your finger. This will take about 5 minutes.

  • Form the dough into a ball and place it in a lightly buttered bowl, rotating it in the bowl to coat it with butter.

  • Cover with cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for about an hour, until it doubles in volume.

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Generously grease two baking sheets with a little melted butter. Invert the dough onto a clean work surface and cut in half.

  • Place half of the dough on each prepared baking sheet and press into two 8 X 17 inch rectangles. Let the dough rest and rise (proof) for 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush each loaf.

  • Sprinkle the dough generously with the remaining ¼ cup sugar and drizzle with honey.

  • Bake for about 18 minutes, until golden and slightly crispy. Transfer the loaves to wire racks to cool.

Notes

This recipe makes 2 loaves.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 397kilocalorie | Carbohydrates: 68G | Protein: 8G | Fat: 11G | Saturated fats: 6G | Polyunsaturated fats: 1G | Monounsaturated fat: 3G | Trans Fats: 0.3G | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 2G | Sugar: 28G | Vitamin A: 359IU | C vitamin: 0.04mg | Soccer: 46mg | Iron: 3mg

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This post was originally published on June 24, 2011 and was day 144 of my original 365 Days of Baking. Below is an excerpt from the original post that I wanted to keep. It was updated in format and with images on July 10, 2024.

Today I witnessed something really beautiful.
I was on the StairMaster at the gym this afternoon when I looked to my left and saw an older woman with a cane who was very careful to put one foot in front of the other. With her right arm so close to her body, I thought she must have had a stroke.
It took about 7-10 minutes to get within 1.5 meters of me.
Meanwhile, her husband was setting up the bike to my right, adjusting the seat and adjusting the foot straps “just so.” He was so diligent about his task that he didn’t come over to assist her or check if she was okay. He just let her do it, probably knowing it was something she had to do on her own.
She was only a few steps away from her bike when her husband started gesturing and urging her to take those last few steps. He was SO excited that she had made it. He didn't speak, and neither did she. It looked like one, if not both, were deaf.
When she saw him smile and get excited because she was getting closer to her goal, a huge and wonderful smile lit up her face.
And it wasn't just any smile.
It was a smile that portrayed years of a marriage blessed with both struggle and happiness and yet, at the same time, it was the smile of a teenager newly in love. It was so warm and tender, and truly, Truly genuine. These two were in their 80s, if not 90s, and the love and affection between them was still so evident. And their non-verbal communication made it all the more touching.
It made my heart melt.
I don't know, I might be able to intuit things about her health and their relationship that aren't actually there.
But watching them, I could glimpse a glimpse of the future: mine and my husband's.
Mr. 365 and I in my 90s. Him cheering me on, always cheerful and funny, and me looking at him with a love so deep rooted that it goes beyond words. And I smiled, sweetly, sweetly I smiled with a sparkle in my eyes just for him.

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