Coconut bread

I am currently loving Bake Off*! So far I have made something inspired by every show. A giant Jaffa cake after cake week, Viennese whirls after biscuit week, and coconut bread after bread week. However, this week has been the only bake that has been tummy friendly (I will update you when I make gluten-free Viennese whirls!). I was delighted to find this recipe pop up in my inbox after the show from Holland and Barrett.

The recipe yields a dense, slightly coarse cross between cake and bread. If you aren’t a particular fan of coconut or eggs then this one defiantly is not for you as it has a very distinct taste. It is also not a sweet, which is something you generally associate with coconut, but pure coconut on its own isn’t sweet. In the same way that all other plain nuts (I know coconut isn’t a nut!), it almost has a savoury note. So feel free to top with jam, nut butter, or butter. This bread holds its shape well and can also be toasted.

 

Ingredients

Makes 1 loaf,

  • 85g coconut oil
  • 255g desiccated coconut
  • 6 eggs
  • 1tsp golden syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1tsp baking powder

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.Start by putting the coconut into a blender or foodprocesser and blend for about 1 minute until the consistency is relatively fine. Note it will still be slightly coarse in comparison to flour. Do not blend for to long as it will turn to coconut butter.

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    Time to make ‘flour’

  2. Add the coconut oil to a microwaveable mixing bowl and cook for about 45 seconds or until melted. If the coconut oil is hot after microwaving, allow to cools before proceeding.

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    Melted but not hot

  3. Mix the eggs into the oil until well combined. Add the coconut ‘flour’, baking power and syrup/honey (if using) and mix until well combined.

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    A very eggy mixture

  4. Allow the batter to sit for 10 minutes. This enables the coconut to absorb some of the moisture from the mixture. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden on top and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
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Dropping consistency

The bread can now be sliced and eaten, or frozen for later. Top with spread and/or fruit of your choosing.

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To toast or not to toast?

*For those of you unaware that is the Great British Bake Off, or GBBO, and is a huge thing in the UK

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