Thursday, January 27, 2011

Coconut Quickbread



This tasty quickbread is choc-full of coconut in several forms. The top has a crunchy sweet crust, but the bread itself is not overly sweet (making it less cake-like than some quickbreads). If you are craving something especially sweet, I would recommend spreading a slice with a bit of jam (or nutella if you're feeling particularly indulgent). Alfred enjoyed his plain with a cup of slightly sweetened hot tea.

This recipe is also nice because it requires relatively few ingredients and the preparation is very simple. It is an adaptation of several other adaptations of Bill Granger's now famous recipe. I have replaced the butter in the original recipe with expeller pressed (aka Virgin) coconut oil, a very healthy fat that lends a nice buttery taste to baked goods. If you are unable to find it, extra virgin olive oil would be a suitable substitute.

Coconut Bread
2 Eggs (see below for a vegan alternative)*
1 1/4 Cups Coconut Milk (not light)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 Cups Flour (preferably Whole Wheat Pastry Flour)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder (preferably aluminum free)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Sugar (preferably evaporated cane juice or coconut palm sugar)
1 1/2 Cups Finely Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
6 Tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil, melted

*For a vegan alternative leave out the eggs, add 2 Tablespoons of ground flax seed, and use a whole can of coconut milk rather than 1 1/4 Cups.

1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat a loaf pan with oil.
2) In a large bowl, combine the eggs, coconut milk, and vanilla.
3) In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and coconut.
4) Stir the coconut milk mixture and the flour mixture together until they are just combined.
5) Gently stir the coconut oil into the batter.
6) Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for approximately 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
7) Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan to cool completely.

Enjoy!

I have included this recipe as part of this month's Sweet or Savory (SOS)Kitchen Challenge, which features recipes using coconut oil. Be sure to check out the other recipes that employ this healthy oil.

As usual, I've also included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Induglent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Whatcha Makin' Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Foodie, and Friday Favorites. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!

14 comments:

  1. That crust does look gorgeous. I hadn't heard of Bill Granger's recipe (but now I don't even need it that I have yours). :) Thanks so much for submitting this to the SOS Challenge this month!

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  2. Hi Ricki - thank you for hosting such a great recipe sharing event each month! I hope you enjoy the recipe, and have a great weekend.

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  3. What a beautiful looking loaf! I bet the flavor is wonderful. Thanks for such a great submission to this month's SOS Kitchen Challenge!

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  4. Kim - I also must thank you for the work you put into organizing the SOS. I don't always participate in the challenges, but I always check out the recipe submissions. I'm pleased as punch I had the opportunity to get in on the fun this time!

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  5. This is something I never would have thought of. I have half a bag of coconut in the pantry I need to use up and I keep a jar of coconut oil in the bathroom of all places. It makes excellent moisturizer in the winter. It's about time I use it for its intended purpose - cooking!

    Thanks for sharing this with Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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  6. Hi Rebecca Jean - I too love using coconut oil as a moisturizer, these bitterly cold days I need to use it more often! I hope you like the recipe, let me know if you try it out!

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  7. Coconut is my most favorite thing on earth! I can not WAIT to try this!

    ps-you two are adorable:)

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  8. Hi Donna - Thanks for stopping by, we are so pleased by your enthusiasm! Be sure to let us know how yours turns out :)

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  9. This looks so yummy! I love coconut, and that crust looks just heavenly!

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  10. Hi Maggie - thanks for dropping by our little corner of the blogosphere! The crust is definetly one of the best aspects of this bread! We reheated slices in our toaster over after the first day and the crust re-crisped up nicely - it also made our whole apartment smell lovely :)

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  11. Hi you two,
    Your Coconut Bread looks amazing. I just know it will be delicious and I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for bringing it to Full Plate Thursday. You'al have a great week end and please come back!

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  12. hmmm I've never made coconut bread and I don't know why. I buy organic coconut milk by the case so I have no excuse.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Just Another Meatless Monday.

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  13. Stopping by from Full Plate Thursday to say hello! I love coconut, this looks wonderful.

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  14. Miz Helen - You have a great weekend too and we're planning to see you next week at Full Plate Thursday!

    Laura - We too love coconut milk, we're using it for rice pudding for breakfast a lot these cold winter days - and we love anything doused in curry powder and coconut milk!

    Melynda - Thanks for stopping by - please let us know how the recipe turns out if you give it a go!

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