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April 10, 2015

Fresh Abaco Bread

Fresh-baked island bread goes with Abaco like seawater and sunshine. Every Abaco community has a baker or bakery. In New Plymouth you can get fresh baked goods at Mo Mo’s Sugar Shack. On Man-O-War Cay, it use to be Lola Sawyer, her fresh bread and cinnamon rolls are legendary. Although we were told she isn’t baking anymore and we didn’t get to try those amazing rolls. In Hope Town it Vernon’s Grocery. The crusty brown loaves have been a key ingredient in his business for 40 years. Today he bakes a wide variety breads, including many specialty breads like banana, cranberry and guava. His tiny bakery, that is part of his grocery store, turns out an average of 100 loaves a day.

Before flour was available in the Abaco people made potato bread and dug up roots to make a bread called “pap.” The secret to the consistency, taste and popularity of Abaco bread now, is Canadian flour, which they claim is much better than U.S.

People in the Abacos appreciate the fact that it is one of the few places where fresh-baked bread can be found in grocery stores. It’s also one of the things that is very affordable in the islands. In Abaco, “sliced bread” isn’t considered all that great!

Mo Mo's Sugar Shack (bakery) in New Plymouth
Vernon's Grocery Store in Hope Town
Just one of the many loaves of bread we bought while we have been in the Abacos.

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