Whilst camping last weekend and enjoying Sophie's delicious banana bread, Edward declared loaf the new cupcake. Cupcakes can jog on in my opinion. I think as a fad they'll pass; it's not that I'm particularly anti-cupcake, it's just that they're everywhere. And apart from fancy icing, a lot of the time they're pretty much just butter and sugar. At the moment, at least in my little bubble, loaf is the new cupcake, single is the new relationship and front is the new fringe. I'm not the only one singing the praises of loaf, plus I received some lovely feedback way back in July after loafylicious. And so, herewith heartbreakpie's very own going up going down for your Thursday.
Flirting outrageously with the guy who makes your daily flat white
Being cooked for by friends and flatmates and baking for them in return
Long term relationships
Drunkenly calling your former boyfriend from a toilet cubicle at a concert (whoops)
But, going up: loaf. Sophie made her banana bread from the recipe right here at 101 cookbooks. She omitted the seeds and the rum, but added walnuts and it was really good.
With summer looming I've been inspired to bake as healthily as possible. I find baking incredibly therapeutic though, so lemon, honey and coconut loaf was item du jour last night. I made it a few months ago but I never shared the recipe! This one comes from Duncan, a guy I went to school with. We met up for coffee when he was in Wellington earlier this year, and he sent me off with some lovely recipes, his latest favourite poems and a City and Colour CD. Thanks Duncan!
You'll note that I cleverly photographed mine in the sunshine to detract from the fact I burnt the top. I layered some thinly sliced lemon on top before baking, which I did last time with the oranges, but I found that because of the low, slow cooking time it just leaves the top gooey. So I get impatient that it isn't quite cooked and then burn the top. You'll see above that it didn't matter yesterday - the inside was still deliciously moist and coconutty. Just keep an eye on it and do a skewer test.
This would be delicious with a little yoghurt on the side, or if you're feeling decadent some softly whipped cream. Duncan suggests lemon cream cheese frosting, or chocolate ganache, or lemon sugar glaze. If you leave it plain on top you could even lightly toast it. Oh, the possibilities! A lady at work had given me some lemons off her tree, and since I halved the sugar quantity I quadrupled the lemon intake. I'd highly recommend doing that too.
Lemon & Honey Coconut Loaf
1 cup milk
1 cup coconut
juice and rind of 1 lemon (I used 4 small-medium ones)
1/2 cup honey (I doubled it)
1 cup caster sugar (I halved it)
3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
Melt butter and honey, add to milk and eggs, and whisk.
Sift dry ingredients over the wet ingredients, add the lemon juice and the zest and combine.
Bake at 160*C for 45 minutes in a loaf pan. I lightly greased my loaf pan, and mine needed a good hour.
The question remains as to whether loaf will take off as the new baking pop culture icon of the decade, but in the meantime give it a go!