Monday, September 19, 2011

Coconut and Cranberry Bread

When it comes to my favourite dried fruits, cranberries comes right after dried apricots. I love dried cranberries almost as much as dried apricots, and recipes that use these ingredients will definitely get a second glance. The cover of this book got my attention, look at the beautiful speckled of cranberries in that lovely loaf of bread.

This is a lovely, dense, soft and sweet bread, really tasty and good eaten on its own. The addition of the desiccated coconut adds a light pleasant aroma and really goes well with the dried cranberries. It is not as soft on the second day, but still as good!

Super easy, without any effort at all, as this is a bread-machine bread. I did plan of baking the dough separately in the oven but decided at the last moment to let the machine do all the work. And what a great job it did! :)

It has a soft texture, eat it while still warm,  good on its own, no jam is needed, with just a cup of Earl Grey tea for company! Enjoy!

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Coconut and Cranberry Bread
(adapted from "Bread Machine Easy" by Sara Lewis)
Makes 750gm (1-1/2lb) loaf
Time : 2 hours 50 minutes - 4 hours, depending on machine

250ml (8 fl oz) water
2 tablespoons milk powder
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
40gm (1/1/2 oz) desiccated coconut
425gm (14 oz) strong white flour
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon fast-action dried yeast
100gm (3-1/2 oz) dried cranberries

  1. Lift the bread pan out of the bread machine and fit the kneader blade. Add the water, milk powder, butter, salt and coconut. Spoon in the flour, make a slight dip in the centre and add the sugar and yeast.
  2. Insert the pan into the bread machine. Shut the lid and set to a 750gm (1-1/2 lb) loaf on a sweet setting with a pale crust. Press Start.
  3. When the raisin beep sounds, gradually add the cranberries.
  4. At the end of the programme, lift the pan out of the machine using oven gloves. Loosen the bread with a plastic spatula, turn it out on to a wire rack and leave to cool.


  1. Mmm! Great looking bread. I'm glad you decided to let the bread maker do the work for you! The less stress the better the bread tastes :)

  2. Can see the bread is soft and fluffy!!

  3. hi joyce, this looks really great!.i also like cranberries in my bread.

  4. Se ve con una miga esponjosa fantástica.
    Un saludito

  5. Your bread looks pretty and appetizing!

  6. My son would love this bread! I think the combination of coconut with cranberries is great too!

  7. Awesome cranberry bread...looks soft and has a beautiful crumb.
    Hope you are having a great week :-)

  8. I like cranberry too but kids dont really appreciate it. Wish i can have some from you..

  9. WOW.. looks so soft and fuffy.. Just Perfect with a cup of tea..

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  10. I also make coconut & cranberry bread and I love it. I love it sliced then fried in butter. Yummm

  11. Oh i can imagine the flavors here= the sweetness of the coconut with the tarty cranberries. Perfect for bread. Always always have frozen breakfast bread in the freezer for the mornings. This is my next to go recipe

  12. What a successful bread! Looks very soft and delicious. Thanks very much for sharing.

  13. The bread does have a lovely texture! It looks wonderful!

  14. Me gusta mucho éste pan luce exquisito con hermosa textura,abrazos grandes.

  15. This bread is wonderful, I have the experience, I've done one with goji berries and I loved it, this is very sweet kernels that delights.