Thursday, February 2, 2012

Almond Joy Bread

My fellow bloggers inspire me, their passion and creativity awe me.  They can even get me to come to the edge, get outside my box.  They can even get me to bake.  Cathy from Wives with Knives  inspired me with this Almond Joy Bread recipe.

The name of this bread may imply that it would be very sweet, it isn't and that was my favorite part.  It imparts one of my favorite candy bar flavors without overwhelming my sweet palate.

Hurry-up and print the recipe. You will love it.

I made two loaves. We ate one and saved one for later.

Congratulations to All Things Yummy. Danielle is the winner of the Bobby Flay Bar Americain cookbook.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  I really enjoyed hosting the giveaway.


"Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. Almond Joy has nuts, Mounds don't." 


Almond Joy Bread
Compliments of Wives with Knives
Author: Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

Ingredients:
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon coconut extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup sweetened coconut
1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
1 cup chocolate chips

Coconut Glaze:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon coconut extract

Chocolate Ganache:
8-ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 heavy cream

Instructions:
1. Combine the first 6 ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer.  Using the paddle attachment, beat the ingredients on medium speed for 2 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl, sift and and combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

3.  Starting with the flour mixture alternate flour, buttermilk, flour, buttermilk, flour, buttermilk....in that order.  Mix until just combined, like you would if you were making muffins.

4.  Fold in coconut, chocolate chips and almonds.

5.  Pour into two loaf pans or 8 mini loaf pans that have been greased and floured.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 1-hour (minis take about 10 minutes less).

6.  Remove from oven and place on rack to cool.  While cakes are still warm, poke several holes in the top of the cake with a wooden skewer.  Drizzle Coconut Glaze into the holes.  Finish glazing cake by taking a pastry brush and brushing on remaining glaze ( as much as you would like).  When cake is completely cool, drizzle chocolate ganache over cake.

7.  COCONUT GLAZE:

8. Place ingredients into a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Allow to boil for about a minute.  Turn heat off but leave saucepan on burner.  Glaze cake as instructed above.

9.  CHOCOLATE GANACHE:

10.  Place chocolate into a bowl

11.  Place cream in a saucepan and bring to a boil

12.  Once cream has boiled pour over chocolate.  Let sit for 3 minutes.

13.  Stir with whisk until smooth and glossy.

14.  When cake is completely cool, drizzle chocolate ganache over cake.

Enjoy!




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40 comments:

Just Cake Girl said...

This bread looks amazing!!!

Much to My Delight said...

I just read the ingredient list and my mouth started watering! Bookmarking this one for sure!

Pushpa said...

Deliciously baked.Love it!!

Aarthi said...

They look yummy

Aarthi
http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

MM said...

How fun! My mom--a coconut lover--would be so happy to have this.

rosaria said...

Ah,yummy looking! I'll save the link for those days when one craves such things.

Susan said...

When I saw this recipe, I knew it was a winner. Great photos. I think I smell it.

Pam said...

This looks so good!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I luv her blog, she always had great recipes.

Looks delcious.

Bo said...

Looks great...since it's bread not cake that means it's low cal?

Marina said...

The bread is so ... alive. I think if I touch the photo, I would feel it... Great post.

Lynda said...

Your bread looks fantastic-I wish I had a loaf now, to go with my coffee break this afternoon. I think I saw this recipe at Cathy's and forgot to bookmark it, so will do so now. I might get an Almond Joy craving at any time! :)

Lyndsey said...

It looks amazing! I love coconut bread and almond Joy...the best of both! I saw her bread too, good to know you can bake! :)

Sommer J said...

i want this!!!!!!!!

Kalyani's Platter said...

looks healthy and lovely bread ........

Michael Toa said...

This bread looks fab and I can hear my stomach grumbling... I want a slice and a cup of tea... pleeease :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

So soft and delicious looking bread. Looks wonderful.
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Rambling Tart said...

How marvelous!! Almond Joys were one of my favorite treats growing up. :-)

That Girl said...

There is absolutely nothing surprising to me about you baking! Looks delicious.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

It's breakfast time here. Bet this would be great toasted. I have been a fan of Cathy's for years.
Sam

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I'm happy to read that you enjoyed this recipe, Velva. It's at the top of my list of favorite breads. And it freezes very well too. Many thanks for the link.

Chris said...

Arrrrgh! Now that jingle is stuck in my head for the day.....

Abbey said...

How pretty!! I bet this is awesome!

Kristen said...

Almond joy is my husband's favorite candy bar. I know he will love this recipe! Peabody is a genius in the baking department. Thanks for sharing this or else I'd have missed it!!

A Kitchen Witch said...

Food, glorious food! I'm so glad I found another great food blog. Thanks for sharing.

Pierce said...

A sweet bready treat. I would toast it.

Claudia said...

Oh Velva - this recipe is too much fun. A candy bar bread! And not too sweet! What a grand idea! And those photos - so beckoning.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Almond Joy used to be one of my favorite candy bars and then they came out with a dark chocolate version and I was in heaven. This sounds so delicious and the fact that it's not too sweet works for me!

Words Of Deliciousness said...

Your bread looks divine. Almond Joy has always been one of my favorite candy bars, I love the coconut.

Renee Fontes said...

Lord, I just died and went to heaven! I will just apply these to my thighs. JOY!!

tasteofbeirut said...

This is the perfect cake to have in the afternoon with coffee or tea; yummy, love the ease of preparation too!

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

bread looks amazing....

Gloria said...

look amazing!

Hungry Dog said...

My husband would love this, being a big coconut fan. If I ever become one, I'm sure this gorgeous bread would go to the top of my list!

Magic of Spice said...

I love Cathy's site as well :) This looks fantastic!

Roz said...

Now that's a CAKE! Even better than the real Almond Joy candy bars too, Velva! I'm pinning this for you!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

i have to make this- it looks like the best bread I will ever eat!

grace said...

this is marvelous, velva! i love things inspired by candy bars, and even though i'd obviously prefer an actual almond joy, this is a much more nutritious alternative. :)

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, this bread sounds magnificent! Absolutely delish! Blessings, your friend, Catherine xo

Culinary Collage said...

This looks amazing! I love coconut and chocolate together.

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