Thursday, January 27, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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