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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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    belleau kitchen
    May 24, 2015

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

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    Jen Price
    May 24, 2015

    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 🙂

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    May 25, 2015

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

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    Bintu Hardy
    May 25, 2015

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

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    May 25, 2015

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

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    Karen S Booth
    May 25, 2015

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

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    Laura KneadWhine
    May 25, 2015

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

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      May 25, 2015

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

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    Choclette Blogger
    May 31, 2015

    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 …

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    Johanna GGG
    June 4, 2015

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

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    Robert Nelson
    June 23, 2015

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

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