Saturday, May 2, 2009

Coconut Bread with Sweet Pineapple Butter

If there's still any hint of cold where you are, or you're simply longing for ocean waves, salty air, and tropical drinks, this recipe will take you there. This bread is very easy to make and makes a perfect breakfast when toasted, slathered with the pineapple butter, and sprinkled with just a bit of powdered sugar. Pair with some fresh fruit and coffee, close your eyes, and transport yourself to the islands.
Coconut Bread with Sweet Pineapple Butter
recipe courtesy Tyler Florence, Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen

Coconut Bread Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut, toasted (see Note)
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Turbinado sugar (optional)
Sweet Pineapple Butter Ingredients:
1(8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x5-inch loaf pan with butter. In a large bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In another large bowl, whisk together the melted butter with the brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. Pour in the coconut milk and whisk together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold everything together with a spatula until you have a smooth batter. Gently fold in the shredded coconut until evenly distributed. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and set it on a cookie sheet, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar (if desired). Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the bread. Rotate the pan periodically to ensure even browning. Cool the bread in the pan for 20 minutes or so; then when cool enough to handle, remove the coconut bread to a cutting board and let it cool completely before slicing.
Press the liquid out of the crushed pineapple using the back of a spoon. (If there is too much juice, the fruit will separate from the butter.) In a small bowl, mash the pineapple with the softened butter until well blended. A food processor is a quick alternative to making the compound butter, so use it if you have one, Mound the butter in a small serving bowl. Toast the slices of coconut bread. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with the creamy pineapple butter.

Note: To toast the coconut: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the coconut on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, stirring it periodically Toasting will fluff up the coconut and increase its volume (as well as make it taste better).


  1. This sounds great, maybe there are some left overs?

  2. This sounds and looks so tasty. Yum!

  3. I have never had pineapple butter. Sounds so good and so easy to make. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. this sounds interesting and it reminds me of something i've only seen for sale in caribbean bakeries in queens