Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

28 11 2011

As soon as I stumbled upon this recipe over at For the Love of Cooking I was super excited to make it. The white chocolate is what really got me excited, I love white chocolate. The pineapple and coconut gives this more of a tropical feel. It was super yummy and simple to make. Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed!


Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

~ 1/2 cup butter, softened

~ 1 cup sugar

~ 1 tsp. vanilla extract

~ 2 eggs

~ 2 very ripe bananas

~ 1/2 cup drained pineapple tidbits, drained well

~ 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

~ 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

~ 2 cups flour

~ 1 tsp. baking powder

~ 1/2 tsp. baking soda

~ 1/2 tsp. salt


1. Preheat oven to 350o F. Coat a bread pan with cooking spray.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl with a beater. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Stir in the mashed banana, pineapple, coconut, and white chocolate chips.

3. Mix the flour together with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan. Sprinkle a little more coconut on top of the batter.

4. Bake in the oven for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack.

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Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

How to get the Coconut meat out of a Coconut

16 04 2011

Now I know if you Google it there are lots of ways to get the coconut meat out of the coconut but this is what worked best for me and I didn’t feel like someone was going to lose a hand or finger in the process.


First you have to decided if you want to keep the coconut water from the inside. If you do take a hammer and nail. Hammer in the nail into one of the 3 eyes at the top of the coconut. Then pull the nail out and drain out the coconut water. Then take a large heavy knife and using the back of the knife you pound it on the coconut.


After a few hits you will start to see a crack form in the coconut.


Keep hitting the coconut along the crack until it cracks in half.


Once you have your coconut cracked in half place it on a baking sheet and bake in a 350o F oven for 15 minutes or until the coconut meat starts to pull away from the shell.


Once it is done in the oven and it is cool enough to hold you will need to pry the meat from the shell. Taking a small paring knife and sliding it between the meat and the shell was helpful.


It should just pop out from the shell. If it doesn’t it might need a little more time in the oven.


To get the rest of the brown shell off of the back just use your potato peeler and peel it off. Once you are done with that grate it on a box grater and it can be frozen until you need it for a recipe. You can also cut it into smaller pieces to enjoy as well. For coconut recipe ideas check out a great Coconut Almond Bread or Toasted Coconut, Toffee, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Toasted Coconut, Toffee, & Chocolate Chip Cookies

5 04 2011

At the end of last week a packaged arrived and I was so excited to open it up.  I had ordered my first two Silicone Baking Mats.


Now for those of you who are like me and have never heard of them or used them for that matter, they are a baking mat that you place on your baking sheet and nothing sticks to them.  They don’t require and greasing and all you do to clean them up is wipe clean with a damp cloth.  I had heard many people using them but I learned how to bake the old school way where you grease your cookie sheet and some times you cookies still stick.  I couldn’t wait to give this thing a try and let me tell you it was amazing.  So easy to use and makes baking cookies a lot easier when they don’t stick to your cookie sheet.  I got mine at amazon since I live in a place where you basically have to mail order or drive over an hour to get specialty products like this.


So since I had these baking mats that needed to be broken in I went looking for a cookie recipe.  I checked out Two Peas and Their Pod and found there Toasted Coconut, Toffee, & Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe looked up my husbands ally and it also looked like they toffee would for sure stick to my cookie sheets so I figured it would be the perfect test to my new baking mats.


This is a standard cookie recipe where you mix all the wet ingredients together then slowly add the dry ingredients and at the very end add all the toffee bits and chocolate chips.  Then drop rounded Tablespoons onto your cookie sheet and bake.


I was so happy when they came out of the oven.  Not only did they taste amazing they didn’t stick at all to my baking mats.  A fantastic recipe that I hope you try.


Toasted Coconut, Toffee, & Chocolate Chip Cookies

~ 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut

~ 1 cup all-purpose flour

~ 1/2 tsp. baking powder

~ 1/4 tsp. baking soda

~ 1/8 tsp. salt

~ 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

~ 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter

~ 1 tsp. vanilla extract

~ 1/4 tsp. coconut extract

~ 1 egg

~ 1 cup Heath toffee bits

~ 3/4 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350o F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange coconut in a single layer on the pan. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until coconut is lightly toasted, stirring once. Set coconut aside to cool.

2. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside. Whisk together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

3. In another bowl mix together brown sugar and butter. Beat until creamy and smooth. Beat in vanilla extract, coconut extract, and egg. Slowly mix in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in toasted coconut, toffee bits, and chocolate chips.

4. Drop spoonful’s of dough 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350o F for 10 minutes or until cookies start to brown around the edges. Remove from pan, and cool completely on wire racks.

If you can’t find Heath Toffee Bits you can chop up Heath or Skor candy bars.

Makes 2 dozen cookies

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Toasted Coconut, Toffee, & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Almond Bread

4 03 2011

In the last Bountiful Basket we got 2 coconuts so I was on the hunt for some good coconut recipes.  I stumbled across a coconut almond bread recipe that people raved about.  I love almonds and coconut so I didn’t figure you could go wrong.  It made my house smell wonderful while it baked and it tasted even better!


The hardest thing in this recipe was getting the coconut out of the coconut.  I will post pictures of the whole process when we do the next coconut.  First you take the back end of a very heavy duty knife and holding the coconut in your hand whack the coconut with the back end of the knife hard. Do this a few times and the coconut should start to crack.  Keep whacking it along the crack until the whole thing is opened up.  If you want to catch the coconut juice inside do this over a bowl.  Once you have the coconut halved place on a baking sheet and bake in a 325o F oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the coconut meat starts to pull away from the shell.  At this point there will still be some brown on the coconut meat and you can just use a potato peeler to take that off.  Then you can just grate your coconut meat with a box grater. Use the grated coconut right away or freeze for future use.


Now that you know how to get your coconut from the shell lets make some coconut almond bread.


Coconut Almond Bread

~ 2 eggs

~ 1 cup sugar

~ 1/2 cup shortening

~ 1 tsp. coconut extract

~ 1/2 cup milk

~ 1/2 tsp. salt

~ 1/2 tsp. baking powder

~ 1/4 tsp. baking soda

~ 1 1/2 cup flour

~ 1/2 cup coconut

~ 1/2 cup chopped almonds



~ 1/2 cup sugar

~ 1/4 cup water

~ Tbsp. butter

~ 1 tsp. almond extract


Beat eggs, sugar, shortening, and extract together. Slowly mix in milk and dry ingredients. Pour into a bread pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 60-70 minutes at 325o F or until knife comes out clean. While baking boil sugar and water for a few minutes. Remove from heat and add butter and extract. Pour over cooked bread and let set for two hours before removing from pan.

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Coconut Almond Bread

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