Saturday, August 20, 2011

bills coconut bread with raspberry cream cheese swirl

we're gonna discuss things that are perfect.. and taint those things. 

bill granger, i put cheesecake in your bread...
are you offended? don't be. 
think of things that are perfect. add cream cheese into the mix. is it even better now? yeah.

pesto. i think pesto is perfect and i want it on most things. with cream cheese? on a bagel!? heck yes. 
a beach bike ride in the summer. perfect. with a cheesecake in the basket. yessir, yep
ryan gosling. good lord. you stop it ryan gosling. you and your face. oh my god, you brought me cheesecake ryan gosling?!
why did i bring him no one is gonna care at all about this bread. 

(but in keeping up with the theme, you should, its perfect!)

ahh what a delight. i think i have a new fave. 

Coconut Bread with Raspberry Cream Cheese Swirl
adapted from Bill Granger's famous coconut bread

2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

for swirl:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp flour
a few handfuls of raspberries

preheat oven to 350. in a bowl whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. 
in a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. add sugar and coconut, stir to mix. make a well in the center and pour in egg mixture. gradually mix with dry ingredients, until just combined. add melted butter, ad stir until smooth. don't overmix!

for swirl: with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese til smooth. beat in all the ingredients but the raspberries, scraping down the bowl. fold in the raspberries.  (i did this before mixing the wet and dry ingredients of the bread so everything would be ready to go)

oil and flour an 8 or 9 inch loaf pan (the original recipe calls for an 8 inch pan, but with the added cream cheese layer it would overflow. i had enough for a 9 inch loaf and a mini loaf). pour half batter into loaf pan, followed by the layer of cheesecake, and topped with the rest of the batter. bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1-1 1/4 hours. cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and finish cooling on a cooling rack. 


  1. I have ALWAYS wanted to make bill grangers coconut bread but im not sure i could make it anymore without secretly dreaming of this version...Oh this looks like my dream bread...although i would eat far too much of it i fear! This is DEFINITELY getting saved and i hope made veryvery soon. Absolutely gorgeous :)

  2. Another fine looking recipe - your photos are great!!!

  3. Looks great - just need to figure out cup measurements in grams!! :D