Saturday, January 23, 2010

My Second Blogiversary! Pumpkin-Coconut Bread with Walnuts

I can't believe I've already been blogging for two years! When I look back at the recipes I've made, I am amazed at how much I've learned. My confidence in the kitchen has come so far. In fact, I've got a little project in store for the coming year as well as a resolution to learn how to use my sweet new dSLR. Stay tuned, readers. The big reveal will be in just over a week.

In the meantime, enjoy this moist, dense pumpkin bread. I'd have to say, I still like plain ol' pumpkin bread and my much loved autumn harvest bread better than this recipe, but this is another variation for you coconut lovers out there to try.

pumpkin coconut bread
Pumpkin-Coconut Bread with Walnuts
adapted from allrecipes

1 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. whole-wheat flour
3/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
1 c. pumpkin puree
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/2 c. light coconut milk
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 c. flaked coconut, plus 1/4 c. more for top
1/2 c. chopped walnuts, toasted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 8 x 4 inch loaf pan or three mini loaf pans.

2. Combine flours, brown sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, coconut milk, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix until well blended.

3. Fold in coconut and nuts. Pour into prepared pans.

4. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes for standard loaf pan or 35-40 minutes for mini pans. Check by inserting a toothpick into the center. Bread is done when toothpick comes out clean. Add baking time as necessary. Remove from oven.

5. Allow bread to cool, in the pan, on a cooling rack. If desired, turn out of pans when completely cooled.

one year ago:
My first blogiversary, celebrated with a sweet memory and
chocolate rum balls
two years ago (how fun is that to say?!?): The Lady and Sons' mac and cheese


Just Breathe said...

Congratulations, wow 2 years. That is so cool, I'm just going for 1 year in April. I wish I had done this sooner. The Pumpkin Conconut Bread sounds awesome. I have stared this to make later. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on two years of yummy stuff!

ashley said...

congrats on two years! the bread looks awesome! great flavor combo!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, yum! i'm starring immediately. I Loooove coconut. This looks really delicious!

Natalie said...

congrats on the 2 years! i love pumpkin and love coconut, so this bread = heaven in my mouth :) keep up the great blogging, i'm anxious to hear your big reveal!!

elly said...

Congrats on 2 years! I'm a big fan of anything with pumpkin or coconut in it so both gets a thumbs up for sure. :)