Saturday 21 December 2013

Coconut Bread

I'm not a big fan of using coconut in bakes. I still prefer this fruit as a cool refreshing drink with bits of its flesh floating in the sweet clear juice. However, Bill Granger's Coconut Bread had really good reviews from the bloggers who made it which convinced me to try it out. 

Instead of dried desiccated coconut, I used fresh coconut shavings which I bought for a dollar from the local wet market. 

This bread is a coconut lover's dream bread, with the scent of aromatic coconut wafting through the kitchen when it was baking. The coconut flavour and its hint of cinnamon come through  in each bite. It's more of a bread than a cake with its slightly dense texture. But very delicious nonetheless... it didn't stay around long in my house. 

Coconut Bread (1 large loaf)
A Bill Granger Recipe

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (295 ml) milk
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (315 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar (reduced to 3/4 cup)
  • 5 ounces (140 grams) sweetened flaked coconut (I used fresh shaved coconut)
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted (I used olive oil)
  • Vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray for baking pan
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add sugar and coconut, and stir to mix. Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture, then stir wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Add butter, and stir until just smooth — be careful not to overmix.
  • Butter and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or coat it with a nonstick spray. Spread batter in pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (about 50 mins to 1 hour). Cool in pan five minutes, before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  • Serve in thick slices, toasted, with butter.
This is for Cook Like A Star hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out and Mich of Piece of Cake. 


  1. I LOVE coconut! The bread looks really super, Mich.

  2. i love coconut anything!!! with the fresh coconut in there.. if i were there, i can eat half loaf the moment it comes out from the oven

  3. Coconut Bread!! Looks very tasty...!!

  4. look delicious Mich!! Merry Christmas!!

  5. Delicioso pan me gusta su miga Feliz Navidad y muchas bendiciones,hugs,hugs.

  6. mmm.. Interesting! It must have a good consistency. I love coconut and I could have it everywhere!
    Have a beautiful Christmas!! X

  7. I love food with coconut, i believe that the moment this bread is in the oven, your house must be full of coconut aroma!

  8. wow... the bread looks super moist... just my kind! bookmarked!

  9. I very rarely bake with coconut too, usually enjoy it as a drink like you do. Or make macaroons. Looks delicious!

  10. sounds like a great loaf, i seldom bake with coconut too but i never reject coconut bread like this :)

  11. Can't say coconut is not my favourite ingredient in bread :D
    This looks lovely!

    Happy Holidays!

  12. Hi Mich,

    I'm also not a big fan of using dessicated coconut in my bakes and love love love desserts and cakes made of coconut milk :D Nevertheless, I'm still trying to learn to accept some recipes using dessicated coconut and this seems to be one of the good ones that I have came across.

    Before going... I must to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy 2014!!! Baking and blogging during 2013 is never the same without you :D Cheers! Cheers! Cheers!


  13. Wow...lovely coconut bread there. I love coconut yet I found out I hardly use them in baking..hehe

    Merry Christmas to you and family, Mich!

  14. Hi Mich!

    I see you have baked a most delectable Coconut Bread. I'm not usually fond of coconut added to recipes but I think the problem is because it just never seems fresh enough. Fresh coconut is sublime and delicious. I think you made a great change by using fresh shaved. I'd be willing to try it that's for sure!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Mich...Just incase I don't make it back before the "big" day, I wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a Joyous Christmas. Enjoy every single moment, Mich...

  15. Mich, this coconut bread sounds lovely! I love the small of coconut bakes and I am sure to enjoy this bread. And by the way, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

  16. Mich , I haven't even tried coconut in my bakes , to think I'm fond of using coconut milk :D Your coconut bread looks really good , I think I caught a whiff of something with coconut in here lol

    1. Oh ..... Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family !

  17. Hi Mich, I'm a huge fan of coconut in cooking and baking. Your this coconut bread certainly look tempting and delightful. :)

    Merry Christmas to you and family. Have a nice holiday.

  18. wow, what a lovely coconut bread...
    t guess i lovin this kind of bread all the way, my grandma used to sliced it and toast is for our lunchbox when i was a kiddo...

  19. I do love coconut very much, but haven't had tasted or even thought of "coconut bread"!!!! Really! I'd love to have a slice of this bread. Must smell so nice~~~!