Friday, April 30, 2010

Color and Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze


I love color. Some of my favorite “things” in our apartment are the most colorful: the quilt I made with my mom, the green lamps that were wedding presents, the curb market painting by one of my favorite artists, and the vibrant pictures from our wedding day. Imagine my delight when my husband gave me this three-week early gift for finishing my first year of graduate school.


I was surprised and thrilled (and a little worried that his gift was premature.  The grades aren't in yet!).  These beauties really brightened my day.

My tastes in food are often colorful, too. I like vibrant flavors that play well off one another. That’s why I had to make this breakfast bread when I saw the recipe. It was the perfect breakfast for a study day.


Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze

slightly adapted from Cooking Light

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup all purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons rum
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup flaked sweetened coconut, plus extra for sprinkling on top
½ cup powdered sugar
juice of ½ lime

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a medium bowl, beat together the butter and sugar for one minute. Add the eggs and beat for 1 minute. Add the bananas, yogurt, rum, and vanilla extract and beat until well blended. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Stir in the ½ cup coconut.

Pour the batter in the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle additional coconut over the top of the batter. Bake for one hour, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool the cake for ten minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a rack. Meanwhile, mix together the lime juice and powdered sugar. Use a toothpick to prick the top of the cake. Drizzle the lime glaze over the top of the cake.

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25 comments :

Kendall Jones said...

Oh my gosh, this looks absolutely amazing! I'm definitely going to try it soon :)

The Blonde Duck said...

That sounds amazing!

DessertForTwo said...

Yum! And it's light to boot! Thanks for sharing! :)

Andrea said...

The color pictures are great! I love those lamps, any idea where they came from?

The bread - oh the bread, how I want this bread!!! I'm going to set bananas aside specifically to make this. it sounds so good!

Julie M. said...

You had me at lime. I just love citrus desserts. Between this and the orange rolls I'm in heaven! I can't wait to try it!

Lauren said...

Way to go bro! Cute bowls... and yummy bread!

grace said...

it must be said: you put the lime in the coconut.
i LOVE the color of the bridesmaid dresses--how stunning. and the bowls are lovely too. :)

dana said...

Congratulations on finishing your first year of grad school! I'm sure your marks will be just fine.

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Maureen said...

That looks so delicious! :D

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Julie M. said...

Hey there! I'm checking in again to let you know that I left you an award over on my blog. Feel free to come and pick it up. You deserve it!

{lovely little things} said...

This sounds divine! Enjoying your blog.

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

Hey,
Stopping by from SITS today. THat bread looks yummy and I love those bowls all stacked up! Have a great day!

Anna

Ronnica said...

Pretty colors! And what a sweet gift. =)

The Local Cook said...

that looks SO yummy! And I love your colorful photos.

Tickled Red said...

This looks perfect for early mornings with my coffee!! De-lish! Love your bowls darlin' :)

Amy said...

I may have to make this right now! Yum!

Alex Erynn said...

I love the bowls. Color seems to help spring along. That banana bread looks really good.

WizzyTheStick said...

The lime glaze just elevates this into something new. What a great idea

AndreaLeigh said...

this sounds delicious! thanks for sharing. just stopping by from sits to say hello.

Heavenly Housewife said...

My goodness, that banana bread looks absolutely to die for, I'm drooling!
*kissees* HH

Pam said...

Love all those colors and especially the lamp! The bread sounds and looks delicious. Love, love coconut and lime and must try this!

LISA C. PARSONS said...

Oh my! This cakebread looks yummy. Is it really good? Can you taste the coconut and lime alot in it?

Danielle said...

this just has me drooling! It looks unbelievably delish!

polwig said...

That looks so delishious.... coconut banana... of course....

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

This looks and sounds wonderful, a great little spin on one of my favorite treats. Can't wait to make this! Awesome