I am a big fan of coconut. Remember the coconut macaroons?
Almond Joy Bread
2 cups sugar
¾ cup canola oil
¼ cup melted unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp coconut extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup sweetened coconut
½ cup raw almonds, chopped
1 cup chocolate chips
Combine the first 6 ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat ingredients on medium speed for 2 minutes.
In a separate bowl, sift and combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Starting with the flour mixture alternate flour, buttermilk, flour, buttermilk and flour…in that order. Mix until just combined, like you would if you were making muffins.
Fold in coconut, chocolate chips and almonds.
Pour into two loaf pans or 8 mini loaf pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 350F for 1 hour.
I wasn’t a huge fan of this at first! In fact, I was disappointed. I thought the coconut extract tasted more like Malibu than the sweet coconutty flakes I so love. I had a piece and was ready to chalk it up to a baking fail. Since Lloyd doesn’t like coconut, I didn’t have a taste-tester. Something told me not to toss it. I think it was the cheap side of me, who hates to waste food. I also knew if I brought it into work, it would get eaten.
The next morning, I decided to give it another try. I just wouldn’t be me if I tossed a loaf of bread, studded with chocolate, in the trash. To my surprise, I really liked it! The coconut flavor tasted better on day two. The chocolate chips were a great treat and I enjoyed the crunch I got from the almonds. Next time I will add more of both, as well as more real coconut. My only complaint was that this bread was a little dry. I have plans to turn the remaining loaf into French Toast!
I’ve got to run.
Lloyd is trying to get my attention by asking what I would do if he got another tattoo.
The nature and location of his first and only tattoo will remain unmentioned.
Even though I know he’s kidding, I told him no.
“But, what if it was something that was really important to me?”
Ugh. I’ve gotta hide the needles and ink before my name the McDonald’s logo ends up on his bicep.