I thought this sounded like an interesting twist on the standard milk bread, and one I will be able to enjoy myself. However, I will be headed to my parents’ home in a few days so if any is left over (and if I remember) I will bring along the leftovers.
“The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk.” – Dustin Hoffman
There are a few notes worth mentioning with this recipe. First, be sure to use coconut milk and not canned cream of coconut. Second, before opening your can of coconut milk, take a moment to shake it well since the solids may have settled toward the bottom of the can.
The coconut milk replaces the need for any additional fat or sugar in this recipe, since it naturally provides both. According to the cookbook, this loaf is perfect with Thai, Caribbean and Creole foods.
I am making a 2-pound loaf and put the ingredients into the pan in the following order:
1 1/2 cups canned coconut milk
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon gluten
2 1/2 teaspoons SAF yeast (if you are making this with bead machine yeast, use 1 tablespoon)
This loaf uses the medium crust and basic cycle settings on the bread machine.
Now, officially I was supposed to let this get to room temperature before slicing it, but it smelled so good, I couldn’t wait that long. This loaf is tender, flavorful and soft. There is no flavor of coconut at all, but that is not really surprising. This one is definitely a keeper.