Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bill’s coconut bread

Bill's coconut bread

It’s 32ºC (90ºF) now here in Sao Paulo and many people wish they were at the beach. But not me – I don’t like going to the beach...


Now that you have finished throwing rotten tomatoes at me, I’ll go on. :D

I don’t like the salt, the sand, the heat... I do go to the beach, though – Joao loves it. And people do the craziest things for love, don’t they?
Luckily, I have found 2 or 3 beach haters like me in the world – like Mark – and stopped feeling like a freak. :D

Bill Granger reminds me of the beach – it seems that everything he makes has a tropical, fresh feel. Not to mention that gorgeous house by the ocean we see on the show (Joao would love to have one like that). This is one of his recipes and I liked the result very much.

Bill's coconut bread

Bill’s coconut bread

2 eggs
1 ¼ cups (300ml) milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 ½ cups (350g) plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup (200g) caster sugar
150g unsweetened shredded coconut
75g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF; grease and flour a 21x10cm (8 ½x4in)* loaf pan.

Lightly whisk eggs, milk and vanilla together.
Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl, add sugar and coconut, and stir to combine.
Make a well in the centre and gradually stir in the egg mixture until just combined.
Add melted butter and stir until the mixture is just smooth, being careful not to over-mix.
Pour into prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until bread is cooked when tested with a skewer.
Leave in the pan to cool for 5 minutes, and remove to cool further on a wire rack.
Serve in thick slices, toasted, buttered and dusted with icing sugar.

* I used a 26x10.5cm loaf pan and it was pretty full. The batter did not overflow, though.

Makes 8-10 thick slices


Poornima Nair said...

That bread looks so soft and moist....just wanna have a slice:)

Anonymous said...

You're killing me... :p I'm already on craving overload, and this is one to add to my list. I love coconut and that bread is right on calling to my taste buds.

Manggy said...

AW! You remembered! I'm so touched :) That looks moist and delicious-- and I will get over my coconut prejudices if it's slathered with the ole standby, condensed milk ;)

Eric Hoffman said...

That bread looks great. I also like the corn ice cream idea. What would that ice cream be good with?

May said...

You're not alone. I also hate the beach during summer. But I love it during autumn (when it is not too cold). Now I live 500km away from the coast- I do miss it sometimes.

This bread sounds and looks divine! I'm in a serious coconut phase nowadays, so it comes in a good time :)

Chris said...

I would bring this to the beach in the summer! (If summer ever comes, that is...). I've been toying with the idea of citrus and coconut, so perhaps some zest or orange juice could add fragrance or moistness to the bread, respectively :)

Elyse said...

Man, does this bread look good. So good that I'm considering leaving my computer right this second to go make a batch!

Creative Classroom Core said...

I am so in a coconut mood right now... this bread would hit the spot!

apparentlyjessy said...

I have a love hate relationship with the beach, I love swimming and how my feet feel so soft after walking in the sand, but I hate the seaweed and stingy things in the water, and I hate how sand gets into everything!
This coconut bread looks delicious, I would like to make it, and ad some of the fresh limes I just bought to it...mmm summery bread.

Nic said...

I've had my eye on this recipe for so long, yours looks terrific! Wonderful food styling Patricia.

Aimée said...

I've known you for a while now, so I'll be blunt: that beach-hating thing is a little odd. :) Each to his own, right? Like my husband, who hates coconut. I would have to eat all this bread myself, but I don't think that would be a problem.

Anonymous said...

Can I join your clique of freaks? ;-) Coming from sunny South Africa I've always been as pale as a ghost since I don't like sitting in the sun and steadily turning into a raisin.

Coconut you say? Yum!

Katie said...

Yum this looks really good. I think its time for dinner because I think I could eat that whole loaf in one sitting!

pam said...

Patricia - I thought I was the only one who didn't like the beach. I go if I have to, but it's definitely not my choice.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry I'm one of them too who hate the beach. Think its a waste of time lying on the sand for hours just to turn myself into a lobster! Don't mind going for walks on the beach when the weather turns cold though. For my little child's sake, I do try to make the effort at least once during summer to give him the taste of the sand and the sea.
I live in Australia and I love Bill Granger and own all his books. This bread is a winner !

Anonymous said...

Hello! I only found your blog just yesterday and am now about to try this recipe out!
I love coconut and this looks like it's really easy to make.

Greetings from Austria,

p.s.: I hate the Beach too, good thing we don't have them here :)

Shari said...

I love the beach, but will forgive you! This coconut bread sounds delicious!

Shari said...

I love the beach, but will forgive you! This coconut bread sounds delicious!

Snooky doodle said...

this bread looks delicious and i love coconut so much I can eat a whole loaf :) I hate the beach too and imagine I live on a very very small island surounded by sea.ha

VelezDelights said...

Yummmmmm delicious!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

How amazing does this look! I love coconut and I think I could probably eat lots of this. It looks gorgeous, so moist!

Ash said...

I love Bill's stuff! And I love coconut! This looks great!

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Abby said...

Well ... I LOVE the beach. Our family has a house at the coast and we spend a LOT of time there! Can't wait for it to warm up here. It's brrrrr cold outside today!

I love the idea of coconut bread. I'm sure the flavor is fantastic!

Dragon said...

I'm not a big fan of the beach either. :) I do like this coconut bread though.

Dewi said...

Unbelievable, this coconut bread sound divine.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting bread. Never had a coconut bread before - I can imagine the taste and smell of it :)

eatme_delicious said...

Your bread looks delicious! I tried this recipe awhile ago expecting to love it because it's coconut but I was kind of disappointed with it.

ChichaJo said...

I love the beach but I wouldn't dream of throwing rotten tomatoes at you or anyone else holding a loaf of that delicious sounding bread!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Poornima Nair, thank you!
I wish I could share it with you.

Joy, this week is being kind of tough on me, too, because I've been craving sweets like crazy! :D

Mark, xoxoxox

Eric, thank you for visiting! That ice cream is really good on its own, but some caramel icing would be fantastic.

May, I like the idea of walking on the beach on cooler days.

Chris, that sounds amazing! I love citrus and I think it goes wonderfully with coconut.

Elyse, I hope you try it!

Finsmon, I love coconut, too!

Jessy, I love the water, but I don't like the salt in it. :S
The idea of using limes here is fabulous!

Nic, thank you, darling!

Aimée, you made me laugh! You can be blunt, darling, because I know you mean well.

Michelle, welcome to the club! Never knew I would be in such great company. :D
I am a pale Brazilian, too, and people don't seem to believe there is such thing! :D

Katie, I know you must have cooked something amazing for dinner.

Pam, I am the same. :D

Dorie, I'm glad you stopped by, tks! I adore so many foodies from Australia, it's great to know you are reading me.

Lisa, tks for visiting! Hope you like it!

Shari, thank you, sweetie!

Natalie, I'm a sucker for coconut, too. :D
You and I are the same - I live in a country very famous for its beaches... :D

VelezDelights, tks for visiting!

MonkAre, thank you for stopping by.

Lisa, thank you, dear!

Ash, I love Bill's recipes, too!

Abby, my dad has a house on the beach, too, can you believe it? I rarely go there, though. :D

Dragon, I'm glad you understand me. :D

Elra, thank you!

Cooking Ninja, the cinnamon adds such a nice touch here!

Ashley, really? I remember seeing it on your blog and it looked marvelous.

Joey, I'm glad I have the bread as a back up plan! ;D

Helene said...

Too bad my Bill hates coconut..more for me!! I love this bread! Can't believe it's been almost a year since I last made it!!

P.S: I think it could be a madeleine...hint...hint!

Sarah said...

You don't like the beach!?! :-O That's ok, I still like you--especially because you make yummy food like this!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

The recipe sounds interesting!

diva said...

oh i've never had coconut bread before. i must try this! x

kickpleat said...

i made that bread a few years ago and it was a big hit. time to revisit this again!

vanillasugarblog said...

I just made a pumpkin & coconut bread as I was severely craving toasted coconut...wonder how many people crave that?

eri said...

one slight error in the ingredient list. it should be 1 1/4 cup milk.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Eri, thank you for letting me know, I've corrected it already.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful bread has turned out today at me! It is fresh, soft, fragrant! Thank you!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Niksya, that is wonderful news - thank you for letting me know!

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