Blueberry Coconut Bread

One of the things I look forward to most during summer, other than replenishing my body’s Vitamin D levels, are fresh berries. Berries on berries on berries. While recently telling my friend how excited I was for blueberry season, she brought up that her family faces a dilemma each year. A dilemma? Wait, I thought we were talking about berries. The only berry problem I could think of was having no berries. Intrigued, I asked her to explain what she meant. She told me that her family has a blueberry bush at their house and each year they don’t know what to do with all the berries. As she said this, my jaw literally dropped, and I started to feel like a little kid in school waiting to be called on by the teacher. Ooo, ooo. Me! Pick me! I nearly had to sit on my hands to contain my excitement. While attempting to regain composure, I told her I would gladly take some of those fresh, juicy, blueberries off her hands.IMG_1184

Thinking of the blueberry harvest I was about to come into, my mind started to dance and skip around the endless recipe options. My first thought was bread. Yes, bread. Don’t give me that look. A moist loaf of bread with a slightly crunchy top that perfectly balances sweet and savory and would be oozing with fresh berries, how could I resist? Well, I couldn’t.

While perusing one of my trusted recipe sources, Smitten Kitchen, I came across an easy Coconut Bread recipe. Eager to bake, I quickly scanned the ingredients. Flour, check. Milk, check. Baking powder, check. You get the idea. Luckily it looked like my pantry was stocked and just waiting for me to make this bread. Reading the recipe, you might be wondering what happened to those berries we were talking about. Oh, don’t you worry. Knowing that coconut and blueberries pair nicely, I decided to load this loaf with berries. Lots and lots of berries. For the complete recipe check out the amazing step by step post from Smitten Kitchen. Before I leave you, three things to keep in mind:

  1. To make this a Blueberry Coconut Bread, simply add berries! I added about 2 cups.
  2. I’d highly recommend making the Salted Honey Brown Butter Spread. Don’t be intimidated by how fancy it sounds, it’s really easy, and you know you want it.
  3. Heed her warning when it comes to cinnamon. I’m a cinnamon fanatic and opted to add the full amount. However, I think the flavors of the coconut and blueberries are better enhanced when they’re not fighting for the spotlight.

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