Cherry Coconut Sweet Bread

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Last Updated on January 11, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Cherry Coconut Sweet Bread is a cherry twist to a Caribbean classic recipe.

 

Cherry Coconut Sweet Bread

It’s cherry season. Cherries are everywhere. Every grocer is selling cherries at cheap prices. From the time I was a child, one of the best things about summer was waiting for the cherries. All of a sudden, every week in the house there were cherries to snack on. My obsession with cherries did not end as a child. As an adult, I still waited for the summer cherries. Even after I was working in an office, I would often go the vendors on the street corner’s to buy a bag of cherries and sometimes that was all I had for lunch. Sadly, several years ago, I started noticing that I developed a slight allergy to cherries. I can still eat them, but in small quantities. I have to limit myself to about 15 cherries at a time. One great way to still enjoy those summer cherries is including the fresh cherries into baked goods.

I decided to put a cherry twist to a classic Caribbean recipe. Caribbean Sweet Bread is one of the most common foods eaten throughout the Caribbean islands, although there are slight variations from island to island. It is often eaten with soft butter at tea time. However, it is also standard fare to have sweet bread for breakfast, especially during the holidays. Even though this is a sweet treat and not necessarily the best way to start the day, it is often had for breakfast with cheese. I think the cheese is supposed to add some extra protein so people don’t feel so bad as having this sweet for breakfast.

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Regardless, I haven’t met a kid yet who didn’t like cherries and I am sure they would love this version of sweet bread during the summertime. Yet another way to enjoy fresh summer cherries.

Spiced Sugars and Salts

In the last 5 years or so, shops that sell flavored sugars and salts have been popping up everywhere. The range of flavors is mind boggling – everything from Sweet Onion Sugar to Scorpion Salt (made with the Trinidad Scorpion pepper).

When I was in Savannah last summer, I visited two of these shops – The Salt Table and The Spice & Tea Exchange, where I picked up some of these flavored condiments. The Salt Table has the entire ground floor devoted to just flavored salt. Who would have guessed there could be so many flavors right!

For the topping in this sweet bread, I used one of the flavored sugars I picked up at the Spice & Tea Exchange – it is a Mango Habanero Sugar which added a slight kick to this sweet bread. However, you can easily just use plain sugar as well.

I have been seeing these Sugar & Salt places everywhere from here in NYC to Savannah to Philadelphia. Look for one in your city and it’s an easy way for adding some extra flavor in your foods.

This is the perfect breakfast or tea time treat with some cheese.

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This is the perfect treat for all cherry lovers!

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Cherry Coconut Sweet Bread

a cherry variation to a classic Caribbean recipe.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon cherry wine
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups dessicated coconut
  • 2 ¼ cups pitted cherries
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon mango habanero sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Spray two loaf pans with non stick spray.
  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg, almond essence and cherry wine. Beat until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add the flour mix in two batches, beating well after each addition.
  • Add coconut and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add cherries and mix until just combined.
  • Divide batter into the 2 loaf pans.
  • Bake for 1 hour.
  • In a small bowl, mix the topping ingredients.
  • Brush this on top of the breads.
  • Put back in the oven for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pans.
  • Leave to cool completely before slicing.

Notes

If doing by hand, coarsely chop the cherries to break them up a little.
For the wine in this recipe, I used Manishewitz, which is a Kosher wine. Kosher wine is sweeter than traditional wine.
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Comments

  1. Sowmya

    love your travel stories and it would be awesome to visit a place with an entire floor on flavoured salt!!
    The sweet bread looks so yummy! Cherries and coconut look like a delightful combination…bookmarking this!

  2. Gayathri Kumar

    Only recently I am seeing some spiced sugar and salt in y city, but they are pretty basic. The flavours you mention sound exotic and they must add distinct flavour to dishes. The sweet bread with cherries look amazing Mir. Love to taste a slice..

  3. Stine Mari

    Cherries aren’t really that common in Norway, we have sweet cherries which isn’t that great for baking or making jams of unfortunately. I really want regular cherries in my garden! This bread sounds fantastic.

  4. Amanda

    I totally hear you on the cherry obsession. Every year I get so excited for fresh cherries. This looks like a great recipe for this time of year!

  5. Priya Suresh

    Never tried cherry and coconut together in a bread, now am so tempted to make this combo. Unfortunately cherries are no season now, Bookmarking to try once cherries shows their head in farmer’s markets. Lovely bread there.

  6. Gloria

    This is something you could have for an afternoon treat with coffee/tea, as a dessert….or my favourite way would be for breakfast. I might even toast it!! Great combination of flavours…and homemade bread of any kind is so delicious.

  7. Dikla Francesi

    The only bad thing about Cherries is the fact that the season is so short! The bread looks amazing! I love the added flavored sugar on top, really shows that you put a lot of though into it!

  8. Tara

    I love having something sweet like this for breakfast, especially after the gym : ) Looks fairly easy to make on a weekend morning too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. Linda

    Oh no! I’m so sorry about your cherry allergies but glad you’re still able to enjoy it although you need to limit yourself. And this sweet bread – it’s perfect to celebrate cherry season and for breakfast or tea time.

  10. Jacqueline Debono

    I also love cherries and am lucky enough to live in a cherry growing area here in Northern Italy. When the cherries are ripe I eat them off the trees whilst walking my dogs!! This bread sounds so good. Going to bookmark this recipe for when cherries are in season here again!

  11. Stephanie Simmons

    I totally understand the cherry obsession – I’ve always loved them too! I used to swallow the pits when I was a kid because I was lazy – lol. My mom noticed and promptly told me to STOP doing that. This bread sounds like a delicious way to use up some of these summer cherries!

  12. harini

    That is such a flavorful bread, Mir. I love cherries too and cannot imagine allergies to it. I have also seen so many flavored salt and sugar varieties that it is mind boggling.

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