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Saturday 23 May 2015

Date and Coconut Bread

'Bread with bits' was the challenge from Jen at Jen's Food and Michelle at Utterly Scrummy Food for Families for the May Bready Steady Go!  The Bread with Bits challenge is hosted at Utterly Scrummy Food for Families

Now you might not think this bread I made had many bits in it, they are certainly not obvious but you can certainly taste them because this is Date and Coconut Bread.  I seemed to have a surfeit of dates in my cupboard and some dessicated coconut I'd bought for another recipe, it seems like a good combination to go with and I was right.  The bread is slightly sweet but not overpoweringly so.  It is fabulous just with butter or as toast with marmalade, but would also work with cheese or with a soup like butternut squash or parsnip where there is already some sweetness.

Date and Coconut Bread 
makes a 450g (1 lb) loaf

130g strong white flour
130g wholemeal flour
1 1/2 tsp fast action yeast
4 tbsp chopped dates
4 tbsp dessicated coconut
1 egg
3 tbsp water
65ml milk
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp salt.

I made my loaf in the bread maker using the programme for fruit bread.  This meant simply adding all the ingredients except the dates and coconut and using the fruit and nut dispenser to automatically add them in later.

If you are making your bread without a bread machine, then here are the instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients, apart from the dates and coconut, in a large bowl. Make sure  the yeast does not come into direct contact with the salt when you  first add them to the bowl.
  2. Knead well until the dough is elastic, smooth and shiny. Cover with a piece of cling film and leave to rise for one hour.
  3. Add the dates and coconut  to the dough and knead again for 5 minutes until they are mixed through the dough.
  4. Either shape and place into a 450g (1 lb) tin or form into a round and place on a baking tray, leave to prove for an hour in a warm place.
  5. Bake at 220C/425F/Gas 7 for 30 minutes until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

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At 24 May 2015 at 07:12 , Blogger Unknown said...

That looks so great and so wholesome too. I adore hidden coconut in stuff so this bread really appeals to me!

At 24 May 2015 at 21:20 , Blogger Unknown said...

I love baking with coconut, it's been ages since I put any in bread though and I have loads in the cupboard from over ordering on online shopping! Will be giving this a go soon. Thanks for joining in with Bready Steady Go :)

At 25 May 2015 at 03:51 , Blogger Tracy said...

Making it tomorrow. I need to buy some more dates first. Does look enticing.

At 25 May 2015 at 08:15 , Blogger Unknown said...

I am a recent convert to coconut in bread but certainly love it so I know that this will be good.

At 25 May 2015 at 11:37 , Blogger GG said...

What a great combination and perfect for a healthy start to the day. GG

At 25 May 2015 at 13:49 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Now I need bread, and it is a fast day, thanks Janice! :-) Looks so tasty and with a wonderful texture too. Karen

At 25 May 2015 at 21:08 , Blogger KneadWhine said...

Ooh - this sounds like a fantastic combination. I really must get back into a bit of bread making!

At 25 May 2015 at 21:50 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Dom, it is so easy to add stuff to bread and makes a nice change.

At 25 May 2015 at 21:52 , Blogger Janice said...

Definitely a good way to use up coconut. Thanks for a great challenge.

At 25 May 2015 at 21:52 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Bintu, I think I am a convert now too!

At 25 May 2015 at 21:54 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Amanda.

At 25 May 2015 at 21:54 , Blogger Janice said...

Mine too Karen, there's always tomorrow!

At 25 May 2015 at 21:56 , Blogger Janice said...

You should Laura. Worth looking at the Bready Steady Go challenge it certainly got me baking bread again.

At 31 May 2015 at 20:41 , Blogger Choclette said...

Ooh coconut in bread, what a splendid idea. This does look rather fabulous and the dates sound an excellent addition. I've got some rather old ones knocking about the place and ...

At 4 June 2015 at 03:28 , Blogger Johanna GGG said...

I love this sound of this - coconut in bread is something I haven't done but want to try

At 23 June 2015 at 18:13 , Anonymous Robert Nelson said...

I am super impressed! Way to go! It looks amazing! I will sometime visit in your "Coconut Bread".


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