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Wednesday
Oct062010

Coconut banana bread with lime glaze.

When I saw this recipe on Made, I knew I had to try it.  It has many of our favorite ingredients:  coconut, banana, citrus.  Plus, it's a lower calorie recipe.  We still love the banana blueberry bread recipe that I previously posted, but this is a wonderful way to vary the bread box.  I made our first loaf on Friday and it was gone before dinner that evening.  I then made two loaves on Sunday, thinking they would get us through the week.  They were gone by Tuesday.

On the first batch, I only glazed half of the loaf because I wasn't sure if the boys would take to the lime glaze.  It turned out to be their favorite part, so for the following batches, I used a skewer to poke holes in the loaves before glazing.  Yummy pockets of lime goodness ensued.

Dana has great step-by-step pictures over on her site.  But I make my quick breads a little differently.  Basically, I do things in the order my cooking guru, Alton Brown, tells me to do it.  I'm posting my take on the recipe here.

Coconut banana bread with lime glaze

care of Cooking Light Magazine, via Made

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (I used vanilla)
  • 3 Tbl apple juice or applesauce (I used apple cider)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 Tbl coconut to sprinkle on top of bread

    Glaze 
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbl fresh lime juice (approx 1 lime) 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prep loaf pan (spray with a baking spray that has flour incorporated or grease and line loaf pan with parchment paper)
  • Mix the 2 cups flour, 3/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt in a large bowl, whisk, and set aside
  • Place the 2 eggs, softened 1/2 stick of butter, and 1 cup sugar into a mixer bowl (I just used my hand mixer) and beat on medium for one minute
  • Add the following ingredients:  mashed bananas, 1/4 cup yogurt, 3 Tbl apple juice/applesauce, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1/2 cup coconut flakes;  mix just until everything is incorporated
  • Dump wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients and hand stir until just blended (no dry pockets)
  • Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan, sprinkle remaining 1 Tbl coconut on top, and bake for approximately 1 hour (mine was perfect at an hour but my oven is true to temp--do not over bake)
  • For the glaze, stir together the juice of one lime with 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • After removing loaf from oven, allow it to rest for 5 minutes in the pan
  • Remove the warm loaf from the pan and drizzle with glaze (I used a skewer to poke random holes through the loaf from the top before glazing because we loved the glaze)

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Sandra 

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