Have you all noticed how popular coconut oil has become? Everywhere I look I see recipes with it and articles talking about the health benefits. I confess that I'm not the biggest fan of coconut flavor and I mostly just like it in my pina coladas. Still, this merited some research.
Since it was my first time experimenting with this oil, I consulted with some baking friends and a did bit of trial and error in my kitchen so I could offer you a couple of tips. Consider how much of the coconut flavor your recipe can handle. Virgin oils can have a strong coconut flavor that you will detect in your final baked products. But the refined oils are much milder. I had the opportunity to work with a refined coconut oil from Golden Barrel and did not notice any coconut flavor in the baked apple bread.
But far more important than the geeky kitchen science is the taste of this bread. Moist but firm texture, perfumed with apples and spices, topped with a lot of crumb (because I'm all about the crumb) and drizzled with cinnamon caramel because...caramel! So ridiculously good for breakfast, an afternoon snack with a cup of tea, dessert after dinner. Not that I'm suggesting you do all those in the same day. Nope, not suggesting that at all. Not me. Enjoy!
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup light brown sugar
1/2 Cup minus 1 tablespoon liquid Golden Barrel Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon water
1/4 Cup buttermilk
1 Teaspoon vanilla
2 Cups all purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
2 Apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons butter, melted (you can also use coconut oil)
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
Add the eggs and sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat together using a stand or hand mixer. Beat in the coconut oil, water, buttermilk and vanilla until everything is well mixed.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet and then fold in the apples.
Butter and flour a loaf pan (I also placed a sheet of parchment paper in there for easy removal) and pour in the batter.
Make the crumb topping by combing the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter, mix and allow to stand for 5 minutes. With your hands, clump the mixture and crumble it onto the batter in the pan. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 55 - 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
To make the sauce, melt the sugar in a pot over a low to medium flame. Do not stir. When the sugar has completely dissolved, remove it from the heat and add the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up. Return to a low flame and stir until any lumps are gone. Stir in the butter, cinnamon and salt to taste. Serve the apple bread drizzled with the warm caramel. Makes approximately 10 servings.
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