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Lime + Coconut = A Match Made in Bread Heaven
lime, zest, bread

I don’t know about you, but there are certain flavors combinations that I can’t turn down. I will try a recipe, no questions asked, if it features two of my favorite flavors. For example, chocolate & raspberry, cranberry & orange, lemon & blueberry… I could go on and on. But one of my favorite flavor combos is coconut & lime. The tropical notes from the coconut and summery hit of lime zest play so well together. Lime Coconut Bread is a new recipe on our site, and just happens to be one of my favorite bread recipes that is on Sure, I may be a bit biased because I developed the recipe, but I think you’ll love it just as much as I do.

To get started, heat your oven to 350°F and lightly grease a loaf pan.

grease, loaf pan, brush

Flour the pan by placing a small amount of flour in it, and gently tapping it so it coats the bottom and sides.

flour, pan, bread

Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl and set it aside.

dry, flour, ingredients

For the next step, you’ll need buttermilk. I used store bought, but if you don’t have that handy, it’s a snap to make your own. Just combine 1 ½ teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice, and enough milk to equal ½ cup, and let it stand for 5 minutes to thicken.

buttermilk, measuring, cup

You’ll also need cream of coconut. When I first saw this ingredient in a recipe, I wasn’t quite sure what it was or where to buy it. It is usually located near the drink mixes in the grocery store, and comes in a squeeze bottle like this. It is the main ingredient in pina coladas (a great application for your leftover cream of coconut!).

cream of coconut, bottle, pina colada

Zest a lime (about 2 teaspoons) and squeeze 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice.

lime, zest, spoon

Now, combine the buttermilk, cream of coconut, melted margarine, egg…

bread, wet, ingredients

…and lime juice and zest in a medium bowl.

lime, juice, bread

Stir to combine.

bread, ingredients, bowl

Now add in the dry ingredients.

bread, ingredients, bowl

Fold in the flour mixture, but only until it is moistened. One of the best tips I’ve ever learned when it comes to bread like this is, don’t over-mix! If you do, you’ll get a tough, rubbery bread. And that’s just no fun.

mix, bread, ingredients

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.

bread, loaf, pan

Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean like this.

toothpick, bread, test

Let the bread cool completely.

cool, bread, rack

While the bread is cooling, mix the powdered sugar and lime juice in a bowl to make a glaze.

glaze, bread, lime

Drizzle the glaze over the top of the bread. Try putting the glaze in a plastic food bag. Snip the corner of the bag off- it makes it super easy to drizzle!

drizzle, glaze, bread

Let the glaze set, and then cut into slices, and enjoy!

bread, lime, slices

This recipe will be great for summer brunches, or for bringing to BBQ’s, or just to make for no reason in particular. No matter what you make it for, it will be a hit! Give Lime Coconut Bread a try for yourself, and make sure to let me know how it turns out for you.

Check back in a few days when Emily will share a quick dinner recipe idea.

Mallory is a Product Specialist in the Test Kitchens at Land O'Lakes and writes for our Recipe Buzz® Blog.


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Why do you have to draw out the recipe in such a long form? Why can't you be normal and just print out the recipe in short from? We don't need the pictures.

Posted Apr 04 2014 by Arlene

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