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Coconut Bread

As requested by Denise (whose Birthday is today – Happy Birthday) and Linda here’s the coconut bread recipe from Thursday – so blame them if you try it and it goes pear shaped.

Since ours is gone I’m not able to provide an arty phone of a slice with a cup of tea so here’s the fresh out of the oven pic again…

because a recipe always needs a photo to compare to.  I was maybe a little too keen in getting them out of the moulds and a little got left behind…

2 eggs

300ml (10 fl oz) milk (I use semi-skimmed)

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

2½ cups plain (all purpose) flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup caster (superfine) sugar (except when the cupboard only has granulated)

150g (5 oz) shredded (desiccated) coconut

75g (2½ oz) unsalted butter, melted (unless you only have salted in)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F or Gas Mark 4).  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 eg mixture until just combined.  Add melted butter and stir until the mixture is just smooth, being careful not to over-mix.

Pour into a greased and floured 21 x 10 cm (8 ½ x 4 in) loaf tin and bake in the preheated oven for one hour, or until bread is cooked when tested with a skewer.

Leave in the tin to cool for five minutes and remove to cool further on a wire rack.  Serve in thick slices, toasted, buttered and dusted with icing sugar**.  Makes 8-10 thick slices.

* Okay I admit I read this as bung in a bowl leaving any sifting equipment comfortably in the cupboard – and I wonder why my baking is hit and miss

** We tend (well, except the very first time I made it) to eat it un-toasted, un-buttered and un-dusted with icing sugar

No liability can be accepted for any adverse results – although we have eaten ours and I spoke to the hospital day unit today and at least two of the staff were in so it should be okay.  Oh and Bud got a piece too as I dropped one on the kitchen floor and I shouted him to clean it up.