coconut bread

16 07 2010

A loaf of bread, the Walrus said,
Is what we chiefly need

– Lewis Carroll/Charles Dodgson, Alice Through the Looking Glass

pan de coco

Oh, fresh bread: I could eat it with every meal, every day. Good bread is better than cake.

Yet there is a sad lack of boulangerie in our area, our good bakery does sweets rather than bread, and the bread baker at the farmer’s market isn’t always available (and she sells out immediately first thing in the morning). So this is a happy solution for a house that likes to sleep in a bit on Saturday mornings. And it is our first time baking real bread: the double rise, punching it down, kneading into loaves, flour-sprinkles-everywhere, pop it in the oven BREAD. It took little bits of time all day, but the result was worth the time and effort.

If you’ve read here for a while, you may be wondering about our bread making of the past year? I have been using that lovely for-beginners no-knead sourdough base from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Delicious and exciting and delightfully easy, especially the thyme & rosemary loaves, but unfortunately I may be allergic to sourdough – tend to give me headaches. Bread headaches! Very sad.

So this is the real stuff. More time consuming. Persistence and time required. And you may be wondering, coconut? Really? Eew? I wondered the same thing and made 4 mini loaves in case we didn’t like the recipe. But it surprised me – despite the coconut milk and shredded coconut ingredients, the bread doesn’t have a sweet nor coconut flavor. The bread is fluffy, soft, and so delicious. Sliced and spread with a little Nutella? Perfect!

Coconut bread is Honduran (pan de coco), and I discovered it via a lovely post by Lori of Luscious and Thrums. Lori has a travel story to go with her bread. I just have the bread, and thank you Lori! The recipe comes from the Whole Foods website, and it actually makes 8 rolls. Lori has mods for making a regular loaf. If you want to makes mini-loaves like mine, just split the batter into 4 parts and bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!




4 responses

17 07 2010
Nicola@Which Name?

That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing!

19 07 2010

OH! I’m so very glad you made it and like it so much! I agree, it’s really not very coconut-y at all, just very delicate. Now and then a little “oh wait…was that a faint scent of coconut?” Your loaves look absolutely gorgeous, I must say. Makes me want to make a couple of loaves right now!

21 07 2010
M. House

that coconut bread looks aMAZING! i never even thought of it. great job.

22 07 2010

Thank you 🙂 It was really yummy, definitely a recipe we’ll try again soon.

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