Monday, April 02, 2012

Recipe: Easy Lemon Coconut Quick Bread Made with Unsweetened Coconut

Moist and flavorful, this hearty lemon coconut bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack time, or dessert. (Recipe here).

I baked up a loaf of this Lemon Coconut Quick Bread today, and it smelled so good when it came out of the oven that I found myself reaching for a knife while it was still warm. I devoured the heel, slathered with butter. I may have moaned a little. After three years of baking this easy recipe (no mixer required!), I love it just as much as the first time I tasted it.

While I find that most quick breads are really cake in disguise, this one is more like bread, which means you can eat a slice or two for breakfast with nary a twinge of guilt—not that I've ever had a problem eating cake for breakfast.

It's sweet but not too sweet, heavy and dense but not too dense (this is not a light and fluffy cake!), nicely moist, and altogether scrumptious any time of day. It also freezes beautifully. And while it tastes very nice plain, something heavenly happens when you toast a slice and then butter it. If you've never tasted natural, unsweetened coconut, you're in for a real treat.

Can't live on bread (or cake) alone? You'll find links to all my sweet and savory Less Fuss, More Flavor recipes in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index.

© FarmgirlFare.com, in love with lemons and crazy for coconut.

16 comments:

  1. Lemon...coconut...what's NOT to love!!
    I really enjoyed your food photography confession! ;-)

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  2. I was so happy to see your post as I was looking for a good recipe. Over the weekend I made my own coconut milk and shredded coconut from a fresh coconut and it was so easy. I thought I'd pass it along in case you'd like to try. It's at

    http://gardnerh.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/having-fun-with-a-25¢-coconut/

    Thanks again

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  3. Oh Yeah!!! I've made this before and it is sooooooooo good!!! Thanks for the reminder though, 'cuz I'm going to make it again. YUM!

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  4. Oh yum! I am going to give this a whirl this weekend :)

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  5. Oh, this looks so yummy! I'll have to try this recipe sometime.

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  6. This is so good and I'd almost forgotten about it...Started snowing about 3 pm yesterday, and now it's all cold and drippy...I think I need some lemon coconut bread in my oven.

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  7. Would this recipe work with whole white wheat? Or perhaps a mix of whole white wheat and barley or something? Oat flour? Any type of whole grain? :) Love to hear your thoughts...this looks scrumptious.

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    1. Hi Ruth,
      I've had good luck using white whole wheat flour (which is 100% whole grain) in place of all-purpose flour in a lot of baked goods. Since this is already a really dense batter, though, you might want to try using half white whole wheat and half all-purpose flour first and see how it comes out.

      And remember that whole wheat flour absorbs more liquid than white flour, so you may have to add a little extra milk. You might also try using a little less coconut to lighten up the batter. Happy baking!

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  8. I made this bread yesterday. I didn't have any (nor could I find) unsweetened coconut, so I just used the sweetened that I had in the fridge and used less sugar. Dee-lish. It smelled so good baking that I could hardly wait for it to come out of the oven.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it - and that it came out great with sweetened coconut. Thanks for the feedback! :)

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  9. Do you think you could make this as muffins? Maybe just a little shorter baking time?

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    1. Hmmm, while the idea of making muffins using this batter sounds great, I'm wondering if it might be a little too heavy. You would definitely have to reduce the baking time. I'd start checking them after about 20 minutes. The batter doesn't rise up all that much, so I'd fill the muffin cups up about 3/4 full.

      If you do try making muffins, I hope you'll come back and let us know how they turned out! :)

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  10. I made this last night...and I had to have a slice of it before I went to bed. HEAVEN! And this morning toasted--heaven part two. Thanks soooo much! It was worth the drive to 3 grocery stores to find unsweetened coconut--why don't more stores have it, I wonder? I'll be blogging about it and linking back to yours, if that's OK...

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    1. Hi Sherri,
      I'm so glad you liked the recipe. Linking back to my recipe post would be great. I know, unsweetened coconut can be hard to find in some areas, and it's such great stuff. I just ordered some bags of Bob's Red Mill unsweetened coconut from amazon. Once again, amazon to the rescue. I don't think I'd survive out here without them! :)

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  11. Thanks for a delicious recipe! Somehow I don't have a loaf pan anymore, so I used a 9X9 cake pan and reduced the baking time a bit. It turned out beautifully!

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    1. Hi Wendy,
      Okay, now I definitely want to try that. Thanks for the tip! :)

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