Saturday, June 1, 2013

Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread

Beautiful chaos is the best way to describe this loaf. I started with banana bread, but ended up adding whatever else I could find in the fridge. Beautiful chaos is also how I would describe my life right now. 

Last week flew by, but nothing actually seemed to get done. So Friday night consisted of trying to figure out how I was going to finish my to do list, and keep my sanity intact. Like a well organized adult, I got up early, and pushed through the mindless tasks ahead of me. Unfortunately, a computer program got the best of me. Now, not only was I swamped, but I couldn't perform the tasks assigned. 

Wallowing in self pity, I considered canceling my dentist appointment, haircut, and lunch plans, and hide under the covers instead. Thankfully, I diverted my attention to the third book of the Game of Thrones series, A Storm of Swords. Somehow, my bookmark was exactly where the last Game of Thrones TV episode left off. As there was no episode last week, and I have been feeling a little deprived, I latched onto the book for a good two hours. I won't spoil anything for my fellow fans, but the next episode is going to be intense!

After reading about all the death in A Storm of Swords, not only do I understand the title, but my problems seemed a little pathetic. Since I couldn't start my work again until Monday, I took the opportunity to relax and enjoy what was in front of me. I mean, at least I'm not a female character in Game of Thrones. 

Before I knew it, I was sitting on the side of Mount Tamalpais, eating almond croissants with a good friend of mine. Watching the hustle and bustle of Marin County, I remembered the crash course in failure that is my to do list. I expected my shoulders to tighten and my jaw to clench, but instead I let out a deep breath. Being forced to slow down didn't turn out all that bad after all. 

Enjoy the bread. With some earl grey tea, it is the perfect remedy for a stressful day. 

Servings: 1 loaf
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (2 bananas)
  • blueberries

In a medium to large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Fold in the mashed bananas and coconut flakes. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, until golden brown. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

This recipe is adapted from Bernard Clayton's New Complete Book of Breads (1973).

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