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Funny story. Just to prove that I am human – especially in the kitchen!

One day, I made this bread. I wasn’t paying attention to the directions very well, and mis-read the baking time. Well, in the last minutes before the bread is done, you make a coconut syrup that you pour over the top of the warm bread. So here I was – my syrup was done, but then I realize that my bread still has 30 minutes to cook.

No big deal, I think to myself. I just warm the syrup back up when the bread is out of the oven. So the bread bakes. As the timer goes off, I turn on the burner to start warming up the syrup. I take the bread out of the oven and place it on top of the stove to sit while the syrup warms up. I run out of the room to do something – I can’t remember what – but within a minute or two, it smells like something is burning. It couldn’t be the syrup by the way it smells, so I run to the kitchen to see what it was.

At first, I couldn’t tell. I could smell it, but nothing looked off. And then I realized that I had turned on the wrong burner, and instead of turning on the burner under the syrup, I had turned on the burner where I had put the bread.

Luckily, I decided to continue on, and everything turned out (mostly) ok. There was a nice black burnt spot on the bottom of the bread, but you couldn’t even tell after cutting it off.

And even with the mishap, I declare this very best coconut bread that I have ever consumed in my life. It’s embarrassing how fast my husband and I downed this whole thing. (Ahem… 2 hours…) Seriously – it was that good!

Coconut Bread | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Coconut Bread
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Coconut lovers will adore this sweet and moist coconut bread.
Serves: 12 servings
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ tablespoon coconut extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
Coconut Syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease 1 9x5-inch baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, oil and coconut extract. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the buttermilk to the dry mixture, then stir in the egg mixture. Add in the coconut. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  4. When the bread is almost finished, combine the sugar, butter, and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, remove from the heat and stir in the coconut extract. Pour the syrup over the hot bread.
  5. Allow the bread to sit at room temperature for at least 4 hours before serving.
source: a neighborhood cookbook

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23 Responses to Coconut Bread

  1. Rosa says:

    Delicious! Coconutty treats are wonderful.



  2. Love the story! We all have our mishaps in the kitchen. 🙂 Glad this still turned out well. It looks fantastic. So moist and flavorful!!

  3. Oh I have done that exact same thing! Delicious looking bread 🙂

  4. I recently got a new oven too, so I have problem just like this right now. I can not get the electric oven to agree with me!
    Coconut bread is the best sliced thickly and served with yoghurt and fruit! But this loaf looks so good I could eat it toasted by itself.

  5. Tieghan says:

    Coconut bread! This is like heaven to me!! Wow, I have to make this. I think I would love it! Oh and I have actually done the whole turning on the wrong burner thing. Except, burned a towel. Not pretty!

  6. Best coconut bread of your life? Ok for sure pinning it! It looks amazing and that’s quite a statement. I need to try it!

  7. Coconut bread for president.

  8. Maria says:

    I love coconut bread! I could use a slice right now!

  9. My husband and daughter love coconut. I need to try this recipe out.

  10. we ALL have stories like that 😉

  11. Emily says:


  12. Great story, Deb! I’ve definitely done a little burnt-crust scraping and “let’s just cut off the ugly end of that bread/cake/whatever” in my day! This coconut bread is just perfection though. Sca-rumptious for breakfast or snacking!

  13. Haha I have had a few close calls by turning on the wrong burner as well! It happens, but luckily you saved this delicious bread that I’m drooling over!

  14. I love coconut, what a delicious bread!

  15. Oh it looks so moist and delicious! I need to make this for my Dad – he is such a big coconut lover!

  16. Oh! Coconut Bread? YES PLEASE!

  17. Joanne says:

    Oh yes, I have been there before! Except instead of burning the bottom of food it is almost always plastic. Nothing quite like THAT smell.

    This coconut loaf looks amazing! I am such a fan of coconut in baked goods!

  18. This bread is gorgeous! I’m glad the burned spot didn’t affect it – although I probably would have eaten it anyway, lol. 🙂

  19. carrian says:

    loooove this bread!! I haven’t made bread in ages

  20. Sometimes mistakes turn out to be the best recipe! This looks AMAZING!!

  21. oh boy another coconut bread recipe to try.
    there was one floating around (I think from smitten kitchen) and it was very popular.
    i had it at the top of my list to bake, but haven’t gotten around to it.
    so now i need to print yours too!!
    one can never have enough coconut bread recipes!

  22. Jaclyn says:

    This bread looks so delicious – I can just see how moist it is in that close up! I wish I had a slice right now! I love coconut.

  23. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I think we have all had kitchen mishaps like that haha too funny! My husband and I would have downed it even quicker, it looks so addicting!

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