Mocha Coconut Bread

Mocha Coconut Bread

Several years ago, Starbucks offered a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino on the menu as one of their summer blended drinks. Anyone who is a regular reader knows that I’m a big coconut fan, so it’s probably not a surprise to learn that the combination of coffee, chocolate and coconut really worked for me …

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Mocha Coconut Bread

Several years ago, Starbucks offered a Mocha Coconut Frappuccino on the menu as one of their summer blended drinks. Anyone who is a regular reader knows that I’m a big coconut fan, so it’s probably not a surprise to learn that the combination of coffee, chocolate and coconut really worked for me on hot days that summer. It has been years since that drink was on the menu and I don’t see the combination of mocha and coconut all that often, even though it is a good one.

This Mocha Coconut Bread is a great way to enjoy these flavors no matter what the weather outside is like! The easy-to-make quick bread has plenty of flavor and is sure to become a staple if you are partial to mocha, to coconut or to both! The bread is moist and tender, with a tight crumb that is flecked with pieces of shredded coconut. You can taste the coconut, which adds a slight chewiness to the bread, in each bite, but the flavor of mocha dominates the loaf with a blend of both chocolate and coffee.

I recommend using instant espresso powder in this recipe, as it adds a more distinct coffee flavor than traditional instant coffee will. If you only have instant coffee, double the amount I’ve given below to get a similar flavor.  Although the loaf has a deep chocolate color, the bread is not overly rich or overly sweet, so you won’t feel one bit guilty for pairing a generous slice with a cup of coffee for breakfast. The bread keeps very well when stored in an airtight container and should stay fresh for a few days after baking.

As is the case with the majority of the coconut recipes on Baking Bites, you can use either sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut in this recipe. I typically use sweetened coconut because I like a touch of extra sweetness to contrast with the bittersweet cocoa powder. If you want even more coconut flavor, opt for coconut milk (the light canned milk is always a good choice for baking). I finished my loaf with a sprinkle of coarse sugar to bring a little texture to the bread, however it is completely optional. The bread is excellent when eaten plain, but it can also be paired with butter, cream cheese or a smear of Nutella.

Mocha Coconut Bread
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
2 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk (pref. whole or low fat)
2 tsp instant espresso powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a a 9-5-inch loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder, making sure no large lumps of cocoa powder remain in the mixture. Stir in sugar and shredded coconut.
In a large bowl or microwave-safe measuring cup, warm 1/4 cup of milk in the microwave and dissolve espresso powder into it. Combine with the rest of the milk, then whisk in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in egg mixture. Stir until just combined and only a few streaks of flour remain.
Add in melted butter and stir until batter is smooth and no streaks of butter remain.
Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Turn loaf out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf

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Mocha Caramel Cookies (vegan option)

Thanks to Pact coffee for sponsoring this post Around Christmas time I love baking cookies which bring me back to my childhood. One of my mum’s classics was a chocolate-cinnamon crinkle cookie, rolled in granulated sugar to give them a chewy crust and sparkly appearance. They’re almost like a chocolatey cousin of a ginger cookie in that sense, and the hint of cinnamon in there gives them that warm spiced flavour. I’ve used the recipe for that base dough here but made things extra special by cooking up a soft caramel infused with ground coffee beans (from Pact Coffee) which I stuffed into each cookie dough ball before baking. The result is an even chewier cookie with patches of coffee caramel layered within. Pact Coffee is a flexible coffee subscription service which champions high quality beans and treating farmers fairly (paying them 25-125% above Fairtrade rates!). As I have a coffee grinder (thanks to my incredibly generous neighbour who gave us one a few months ago), I opted to try their wholebean coffee. However, you can order whichever form of coffee you need, from different grinds to Nespresso-compatible pods. If you like a specific type of coffee you can also […]

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Thanks to Pact coffee for sponsoring this post

Around Christmas time I love baking cookies which bring me back to my childhood. One of my mum’s classics was a chocolate-cinnamon crinkle cookie, rolled in granulated sugar to give them a chewy crust and sparkly appearance. They’re almost like a chocolatey cousin of a ginger cookie in that sense, and the hint of cinnamon in there gives them that warm spiced flavour.

I’ve used the recipe for that base dough here but made things extra special by cooking up a soft caramel infused with ground coffee beans (from Pact Coffee) which I stuffed into each cookie dough ball before baking. The result is an even chewier cookie with patches of coffee caramel layered within.

Pact Coffee is a flexible coffee subscription service which champions high quality beans and treating farmers fairly (paying them 25-125% above Fairtrade rates!). As I have a coffee grinder (thanks to my incredibly generous neighbour who gave us one a few months ago), I opted to try their wholebean coffee. However, you can order whichever form of coffee you need, from different grinds to Nespresso-compatible pods. If you like a specific type of coffee you can also refine your search as you browse their site to filter by roast, flavour profile or origin. If, like me, you don’t really know *what* to look for, you can try out a coffee, give it a rating and, based off of that, they’ll select your next coffee.

If you want to give pact a go yourself, you can use my discount code of ‘IZY’ to get £5 off your first bag of coffee! (NB. I don’t get a kickback from this, it’s just for you to enjoy).

The coffee I used in the caramel was the Christmas blend, which has tasting notes of Christmas pudding (think cosy spices and molasses-y dried fruits). It was the perfect pairing for the bitterness of the cocoa and the warmth of the cinnamon. I have to say that the experience is made even better if you have a cup of the same coffee alongside the cookies so you really taste all the flavours!! The Christmas blend is available for a limited time and was created to support Mental Health Foundation, donating 50p from every bag sold to the charity. 

I hope you give the cookies (and coffee) a go and that they bring you a little bit of cosy comfort this winter!

Mocha Caramel Cookies

Mocha Caramel Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

A chewy chocolate cookie, packed with chocolate chips and filled with a coffee caramel centre.

Ingredients

Caramel:

  • 75g granulated sugar
  • 20g golden syrup
  • 20g water
  • 75ml single cream (or soy cream)
  • 10g unsalted butter or vegan butter
  • 10g ground Pact Christmas Blend coffee beans

Cookie dough:

  • 110g unsalted butter or vegan butter, softened
  • 100g dark brown sugar
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp fine table salt
  • 4 tbsp aquafaba (or 1 egg)
  • 40g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 80g golden syrup
  • 210g plain white flour
  • 1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • ~50g granulated sugar, for rolling

Instructions

First make the caramel:

  1. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Place the sugar, golden syrup and water into a medium pot and place over a medium heat on the stove. Stir only until the sugar dissolves then leave to bubble away – you want it to reach 116°C.
  3. Meanwhile, place the cream, butter and ground coffee beans into a small pot and bring to a simmer. Take off the heat and leave to infuse.
  4. Once the sugar mixture is up to temperature, strain the cream mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove the majority of the coffee grounds. Add the cream to the hot caramel and stand back as it may bubble up.
    After the bubbles have subsided, mix together and put back on the heat. Bring the mixture up to 116°C again then remove from the heat and pour into the lined loaf tin. Leave to cool then freeze so the caramel sets up.

Make the cookie dough:

  1. Cream the butter and sugars together in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the cinnamon, salt, aquafaba (or egg), cocoa powder and golden syrup. Lastly mix in the flour, bicarb and chocolate chips to get a soft dough.
  2. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes or up to 24h to help it firm up.
  3. Once the dough has chilled, line two baking trays with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180C fan.
  4. Remove the caramel from the freezer and cut into 20 chunks.
  5. Scoop 2 tbsp worth of cookie dough and roll into a ball. Make an indent in the centre and pop the piece of caramel in there, squeezing the cookie dough around it to cover and seal the caramel within the dough. Repeat with all the cookie dough and caramel
  6. Place the 50g of granulated sugar into a shallow dish and roll each cookie dough ball lightly in the sugar. Set the cookie dough balls onto the baking trays spacing them about 6cm apart to allow for spread.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are set but the centres are still soft. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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