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Coconut Bread w/ Blood Orange Glaze

Aside from the delicious blood orange glaze, this coconut bread can stand by itself. It has a perfectly sweet and moist interior with a slightly crispy outer layer making it the ultimate bite and perfect accompaniment to your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings


Coconut Bread

  • 8 oz butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 egg yolks (reserve whites)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut (I use Bob's Red Mill. If using other coconut brands, slightly chop up the coconut shreds into smaller/finer pieces)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 egg whites

Blood Orange Glaze

  • 2 Tbsps blood orange juice (about 1 blood orange)
  • Zest of two blood oranges
  • 3 Tbsps plain, full fat greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 Tbsps powdered sugar, sifted


Coconut Bread:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray baking vessel with cooking spray. Set aside. (This recipe makes 1-2 loafs or 1 bunt cake, see notes below)
  • In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Add yolks one at a time until fully incorporated. Add extracts.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir coconut into sifted ingredients. Add into butter and egg mixture. Mix until just barely combined.
  • Slowly stream in milk until combined.
  • In a separate mixing bowl whip egg whites to soft peaks. Fold into bread mixture. (You could do this step first if you don't have two mixings bowls and transfer egg whites to another bowl until ready to fold in.) Pour batter into baking pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours. Baking time will vary depending on what size pan you use. Check after 50 minutes. Once a toothpick comes out clean, bread is fully cooked.
  • Let bread cool completely before topping with glaze. Store at room temp for 2-3 days or in refrigerator for up to 7.

Blood Orange Glaze

  • Whisk together blood orange juice, zest and greek yogurt until combined. Add sifted powdered sugar and whisk until fully incorporated. Pour over fully cooled bread.


There are a few different size loaf pans. The one I used for these pictures, an 8x5, makes 2 smaller loafs. A larger loaf pan, like a 9 1/2x6, for intense would make 1 large oversized loaf. Alternatively you can bake this in a bundt pan and get the same outcome as using loaf pans. 
Keyword blood orange, breakfast, coconut, Quick Bread, snack