Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Coconut Banana Bread with Passion Fruit Frosting


Before I well and truly fall off the face of the planet...here's a blog post!! 

Excuse my absence...I was off having a baby! and then I had decided I was going to make an amazing extravagant over the top pink themed bake to announce the baby news, but you know what, babies are hard work! and in between feeding and changing and playing and washing and cooking and repeating that cycle all through the day it has left little time for blogging...and even for baking, sadly enough! 

I laugh to myself when I think back to the conversation I had with my husband whilst I was still pregnant, telling him I was going to really focus on my blog when the baby came along, as obviously I wouldn't be working and would have all the time in the world....wrong! Even when the baby is sleeping, I can't bake for fear that my Kitchenaid would wake her up again! 

So I've mostly only been throwing together quick no bake desserts in the past few months, and I've also become really good at baking in the half an hour window in the evening when her daddy is bathing her!!

So I decided if I was ever going to blog again, I had to forego the extravagant bake announcing Ella's arrival and just tell you already! Ella Kristyn Braithwaite arrived on the 8th February, if you follow me on instagram at all you will be FULLY aware of the fact I had a baby because I'm pretty sure not a day goes by that I don't post a picture of her, but I can't help myself! We are also living away from all our family and friends right now so it's as much for all of them as it is for myself that I take hundreds of pictures! She is a pure joy! We could not be any happier, and despite the waking for night feeds, and the lack of time for baking/blogging we wouldn't have it any other way! If you want to read about how she came into the world, in such a relaxed and happy manner surprisingly, then you can do so here...and she has continued on in that same happy vein.  She naps great in the day, has a long 7-8 hour stretch sleeping when she goes down and only wakes once for a feed, and gives you more smiles than you know what to do with! She is a really content relaxed baby and we feel super lucky that not only was my pregnancy such a breeze, that the rest has been too :)



and I just cannot believe our little lady turned 4 months old on Sunday! It has flown by in a second!!


But I digress...before I forget what I came here to tell you about...let's talk about banana bread! There can never be enough banana bread recipes...and you can never bake too much banana bread.  In fact, despite my general lack of baking in recent months, in the past month I managed to bake 3 different banana breads! A chocolate chip banana bread, a rather fabulous nutella banana bread and this beauty of a coconut banana bread with passion fruit frosting!! It is quick and easy to throw together, a great way to use up brown bananas that you had big plans on eating healthily with but instead they withered away in your fruit bowl, and I consider it a semi healthy treat vs a big pan of fudgy brownies so it's win win all round! 

I totally devoured the first two banana breads I baked without taking any photos of them at all, bad blogger, and I nearly did the same with this so I got out my camera and took a few lazy token shots just to give you the idea.  I promise I'll put some more effort into the next bake I feature!!

All you really need to know is that you haven't tried banana bread until you've tried this one! I'm forever trying to 'coconu-tify' every bake I make, so a cup of dessicated coconut was an easy way to do so in this bake...and oh the frosting, I ate the leftover frosting by the spoonful and you'll want to as well! I found this amazing passion fruit coulis on the shelf in tesco one day and just knew I wanted to bake with it, so it's been sitting in my cupboard waiting for it's debut! All I needed to do was whip a few tablespoons of it into some vanilla frosting to produce the creamiest dreamiest passion fruit frosting.  It was too easy to be true! but it was...and then a sprinkling of shredded coconut and real passion fruit seeds tied it all together nicely! 

I made this as a treat for the pack lunches that I made for all the ladies at my church when we went on a nice little trip together last weekend.  Within a few minutes of people trying the banana bread, they were all offering to move in with me so I think it went down pretty well :)


Coconut Banana Bread with Passion Fruit Frosting:
Serves 12
Adapted from Whipped the Blog

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 large, ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup desiccated coconut

2 cups icing sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup passion fruit coulis
seeds of half a passion fruit
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.  Grease your loaf tin with butter.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sifted flour, soda, salt and sugar.  
Mix in the slightly beaten eggs and mashed bananas.
Slowly stir in the melted butter until just incorporated. 
Stir in the desiccated coconut.
Pour into your prepared tin, and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.  If the top starts to brown sooner than you would like, cover with tin foil to prevent burning.  Let cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire baking rack to cool completely.

Prepare the frosting by whipping the butter in a freestanding mixer with the beater attachment.  Sift in the icing sugar, stir it with a spoon before you turn on the mixer to ensure your work surfaces do not get covered in a dusting of icing sugar.  Beat in the passion fruit coulis. 
Spread the frosting on to the cooled loaf with a palette knife.  Sprinkle the shredded coconut on top and cover with the passion fruit seeds.

Eat and enjoy :)

10 comments:

  1. Great to see you back. Ella is such a sweetheart and I really enjoyed reading about how she came into the world. I'm sure you are both enjoying these precious moments whilst you can. The banana bread looks gorgeous and if anyone can 'coconutify' anything it's you! :)

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  2. Congratulations!! what a wonderful little girl !!! so beautiful :)) I"m surprised you found time to bake this wonderful cake - such great flavors>
    Mary

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  3. Welcome back Gem, I've missed you. And a huge congratulations to you both on the safe arrival of Ella (cake looks lovely too!) x

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  4. Congratulations - I've been waiting for an update! What a lovely name you've chosen. All the best!

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  5. Many congratulations!! She is just adorable!
    The cake looks delicious and I love the idea of passionfruit and banana together.

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  6. She's gorgeous! Congratulations! I just love that picture. Also I am passion fruit obsessed, so this looks super :)

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  7. Congratulations! Ella looks like a gorgeous little girl and it's lovely to hear you're all doing well. And I'm so glad you stopped to take a photo of this banana bread for a blog post because I am bookmarking it!! It looks/sounds so good. After my banana coconut muffins a couple of weeks ago I'm definitely up for trying more of that flavour combination.

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  9. Welcome back Gem, have missed you in the blogging world! Congratulations on your beautiful daughter, she is definitely stealing away the limelight from the bake in this post! That said it does also look very good, love passionfruit in anything at the moment!

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  10. thanks for dropping by Supergolden Bakes Gem glad to have discovered your blog : ) Am amazed you have time to bake/blog with a new baby around (and what a cutie). I love banana bread too and really you can't ever bake too much of it. In my house it disappears almost instantly.
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