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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nigella's Coconut and Cherry Banana Bread

I'm not too keen on recipes using desiccated coconut as I'm not a fan of desiccated coconut.  But as usual, I don't mind trying out the recipe.  Who knows maybe it tastes wonderful.

What really prompted me to try this recipe was that I received this sentimental cookbook entitled 'Kitchen' by Nigella Lawson as it's a gift from a few of my friends from work.  The gift resulted from my milestone achievement in reaching quite a long service with the Company (err..I'm not gonna reveal how many years I've been with the Company cos then you'll guess how old I am! lol).

This cake is full of texture.  I'm not joking.  It's really full of texture.  And I'm surprised with so much texture, it's not dry at all.  It's very soft and moist.  In one word, GOOD!  But having said this, I'm still not a fan of desiccated coconut in any bakes!

I was experimenting this recipe as I wanted to bake something for my friends who gave me this book.  Probably I'll try the Red Velvet soon and decide between these two.  Or maybe I should try the Devil's Food Cake too..or the Cheesecake..hmmm..oh well, we'll see.

Here's the recipe who those who love texture in their cakes.

125g soft unsalted butter
4 small-medium bananas (approx 500g with skin on)
150g caster sugar (I reduced to 120g)
2 eggs
175g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bos
100g dried cherries
100g desiccated coconut

1. Pre-heat oven to 170dC. Put a loaf liner into your tin or line the bottom with baking parchment and grease the sides.
2. Melt butter in saucepan, take it off heat.  Peel and mash bananas in another bowl.
3. Beat sugar into the cooled butter, then beat in mashed bananas and the eggs. Fold in the flour, baking powder and bicarb. Finally, add the dried cherries and coconut.
4. Fold well so that everything is incorporated, then pour and scrape into the lined loaf tin and smooth the top.
5. Bake for 50 mins or till done.  Leave in tin for 10mins then carefully slip the cake out of tin on wire rack to cool.


  1. wat a good book lah! i like cakes with coconut in it. i will surely like this. some more got bananas. tentu wangi eh!

  2. Soft and delicious cake...wish I could have some.

  3. I’ll be bookmarking this one.

  4. in contrary, i LOVE cakes with coconut :)
    i just baked banana cakes with coconut, and it's yummy
    your version with cherry, that sounds heavenly!

  5. Replies
    1. Vidya, cquek, Aice & Lavanya,
      I do hope you'll try this recipe. Altho I'm not crazy over desiccated coconut, but I've to admit that this is a good recipe.

  6. Looks great...there are so many fab variations on banana bread...and I am a fan of dessicated coconut and cherry so I think I might rather like this one!! :-)

  7. you had me at coconut! This bread has all the flavors that I love♥!

  8. I thought I'm the only one who don't like to use dessicated coconut for my baking... You too!

    You are right that this Nigella Lawson book has lots of great recipes but never in my mind that I will try this because of my coconut issue. Nice that this recipe has worked well for you :D

    1. Laura & Peachkins, then this cake is all yours! heehhehe

      Zoe, looks like we have the same taste. But I'm willing to explore if it's good. My family enjoy this though.

  9. Please send it to me, because I love coconut. Lovely combination of flavors, wonderful bread!

    1. Thanks, Ambreen. Hope you'll give this recipe a try.

  10. Hi Jen, this is my first time here. Thanks for dropping by my blog and initiating the following/friendship :)

    Your cake looks good but I am another who doesn't like desiccated coconut too. Maybe because we are more accustomed to fresh ones? I always wonder if we can substitute desiccated with fresh ones?

  11. Hi Jen, I love dessicated coconut in my bakes or any type of coconuts :) your cake looks very good, wish can have a bite.

  12. Oh these are brilliant

    and delicious and I think

    the other half should be sent to me :)

    you can also pass to my blog :)

    oh yesss !! I love the quality of your pictures !

    good night :) kisses from Belguim..

  13. Amazing combination of flavors, well done Jen!

  14. Ooh, I love coconuts, especially flaked coconuts in cakes! Tentu wangi! Now I am eyeing this book-leh!! :)

  15. Texture looks so good dear :) Loved the soft and flavorful bread :)
    Maida Burfi - A Festive Sweet

  16. Estupenda receta me gusta,abrazos y abrazos

  17. Bookmarking this recipe for sure! What a lovely & flavorful cake! My hubby will definitely LOVE this cake! His nuts about coconut! LOL

  18. normaly i find that cakes bake with coconut produce great texture. I'm sure this is really a wonderful cake. How old are you ah? sshhhhh....LOL!


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