Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cinnamon Coconut Bread



Okay if you are like me, you love bread.  Say it – I LOVE BREAD!  Did you actually say it – if you did, I am giving you a virtual high five. How many bread lovers are out there?  Probably millions, right?  If you love bread, stand up and be counted.  Hands down, give me bread over a cookie any day and I am so happy.

I have to admit that I am not one of those artisan bread bakers.  In fact, it is on my bucket list to make that perfect loaf of bread that one might think I purchased from the bakery versus me actually making it.  Perhaps even mastering the art of bread making to where a master baker would have a hard time identifying in a “bread line up” behind a that one way mirror.  I can dream at this point, but will accomplish this goal of mastering the art of bread making.

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In the meantime, I have mastered the art of the quick bread.  It is simple.  It requires accurate measuring techniques, a large bowl, a spoon for stirring and the perfect sized loaf pan and watching the timer so the bread is not over baked.  One of my favorites is beer bread by simply adding five ingredients - flour, beer, sugar, salt and butter. The result is one addictive loaf of bread – trust me. Check out my fool proof recipe here.

We welcomed a new CEO to our organization in September and she went on a whirl wind road show to meet the various branches.  One of my four branches was the first on her tour and thought it would be great welcoming to bring and share some of my baked quick breads to kick off the morning and her meeting with all of us.  I brought my Chocolate Banana Bread, Pumpkin Streusel Bread and this delicious Cinnamon Coconut Bread.  I will be sharing the pumpkin bread soon.  Personally I absolutely could not get enough of this cinnamon coconut bread and is right in my wheel house. 


Cinnamon Coconut Bread

2 large eggs
1 ¼ Cup Milk
2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 ½ Cup Flour
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Sugar
1 ½ Cup flaked Coconut + ½ Cup for the top of the loaf
6 Tablespoon Melted Butter
Non-stick cooking spray

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl mix together the eggs, milk and vanilla.

In a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Add the sugar and 1 ½ Cup coconut.  Mix well together then add the wet ingredients from the other bowl and mix well.  Add the melted butter and stir until smooth.

Spray a 9 x 5 or 8 ½ x 4 inch loaf pan with non-stick spray with flour added.  Pour batter into the pan. Sprinkle ½ cup of the coconut on top and lightly press. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean – about 1 hour to 75 minutes.  Cool in pan for five minutes and let cool on a wire rack.  


12 comments:

  1. You know I love bread and this sounds fabulous, wish I had a slice with my morning coffee! :)

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  2. Lisa, That looks absolutely delish! I do love bread and grew up baking it with my family, but I've yet to take the plunge myself. Since going gluten-free, I mostly have let it go:( But seeing your coconut bread makes me think I might be able to rock your recipe with some GF flour or maybe coconut flour, oat flour, almond flour... see you've got me all inspired:)
    Have a great week!
    xo
    E

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  3. I LOVE BREAD!!!!! And I love coconut and quick breads and cinnamon. Did you bake this for me? ;-)

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  4. Quickbreads are the best! But with cinnamon and coconut? I can't tell how quickly that would be devoured in our house :)

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  5. What a tasty welcome! This bread looks amazing!!

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  6. Do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut?

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    1. Great question! I actually used sweetened but you could certainly use unsweetened.

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  7. Fantastic quick bread, I have a love of cinnamon and coconut.
    I'm sure it disappeared rather quickly :)

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  8. oh it reminds me of almond joy bread but with cinnamon instead of chocolate! I love it. So moist and delicious looking

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  9. I love bread!! I am a big fan of making quick bread too, so easy! What a great flavor combination here.

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  10. You combined two of my favorite ingredients in this gorgeous bread. Will have to make this soon!

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