Banana & coconut bread

by Elizabeth on January 5, 2013 · 2 comments

in 101 in 1001, Food, Recipes

My list of 101 Things in 1001 Days is going pretty strong so far, so much so that I’ve found myself falling behind in terms of writing about my progress here on the blog.  There are some overdue posts about my completed tasks that I’ll be sharing over the next week.  12 months into the project and I have 30 items completed, with 16 in progress.  I need to get the words down so that I can properly sink my teeth into my next 30!

So this is just a quick update about one of my ‘in progress’ items: #71 – Cook something new from 10 different cook books.

coconutbreadMarie Claire Kitchen by Michele Cranston is one of my favourite cookbooks, and is just a gorgeous book to flick through when you feel like some inspiration.  I love that there are pages devoted to basic skills like working with pastry and how to pick the perfect potato for a specific purpose.  It’s a great all-rounder.

A couple of days ago I noticed that I had a couple of overripe bananas, so went hunting for a banana bread recipe.  This book had the one I wanted, although it did cause me a bit of a problem.  The banana bread recipe was on the same page as the coconut bread recipe, and once my brain connected the two I really needed some combination of the two.

So I followed the recipe below, but also added 2 1/2 cups of shredded coconut, 200mL milk and a lot of nutmeg.  Because if you don’t have nutmeg with your banana bread you are a crazy person.


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This is the original recipe from one of my favourite cookbooks, Marie Claire Kitchen by Michele Cranston.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 loaf
  • 90g butter, softened
  • 115g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 250g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 orange, grated zest only
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F/Gas 4).
  2. Put butter, caster sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder, bananas and orange zest into a food processor. Process to a smooth batter.
  3. Spoon into a greased and lined 8x16cm loaf tin. Bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  4. Serve in warm slices or toasted with butter and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup

The end result was pretty much perfect.  Oh, and don’t worry if you don’t have a food processor – I mixed mine by hand and it turned out beautifully.

I’m trying out a new WordPress plugin called EasyRecipe to format posts like these, and I’d love to hear your feedback.  I may need to mess around with the stylesheet to make it a little prettier, but I love that it generates a simple printable version for you to keep.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Victoria January 6, 2013 at 11:19 am

I never thought to add nutmeg to banana bread… yum! Have you tried the Coconut Banana Bread from Best Bites? It’s amazing! 


Elizabeth January 6, 2013 at 11:39 am

OK, that looks TASTY.  Anything with a citrus glaze gets my vote. 

But what I’d like to know is, at what point does bread become cake?


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