Recipe: Tahitian Coconut Bread

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Coconut bread

Coconuts are a staple food in Tahiti and a delicious way to enjoy them is by baking Tahitian coconut bread! This sweet, moist bread involves only a few ingredients and can be enjoyed at both breakfast and lunch, or any time of the day. Coconut bread is sure to be a hit, especially when it accompanies tender and flavorful Roast Mahi Mahi. We love this recipe from Martha Stewart.

Tahitian men squeezing fresh coconut flesh through a rough cloth to obtain its milk
Tahitian men squeezing fresh coconut flesh through a rough cloth to obtain its milk

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk ** For a more concentrated flavor, use coconut milk instead of regular milk.
  • 1/2 cup grated dried coconut

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix. Add the milk and coconut and mix until well combined. Put in a small greased loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until the bread is springy to touch. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack to cool before slicing.

Bon Appetit!

Also see our popular Tahitian Poisson Cru Recipe