This Coconut Bread Recipe is a delicious sweet bread from the Bahamas. Made with coconut milk and honey, this bread is a sweet treat all by itself. Pop all of the ingredients in a bread maker and you will have a delicious loaf of bread in no time!
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When I was about 11 years old, my family took a trip to Disney World. (Actually, we took a trip to Disney World every year for about 10 years.) But on this particular trip, we signed up for a luau at Disney Polynesian Village Resort.
My little family of four sat at a table in Florida, entranced by the hula dancers, fire breathers, and drummers. The experience came with an all-you-can-eat buffet overflowing with delicious food like Polynesian ribs and pineapple guava cake. The favorite amongst our family, though, was the coconut bread.
Coconut Bread as an Appetizer
The bread came as an appetizer, but it might as well have been our meal. My brother and I devoured roll after roll after roll of this tropical treat, mmm-ing and yummm-ing with every bite. We loved the bread so much that my mom called the waitress aside and asked to take the recipe home. They brought us a recipe card, and the bread has been a family favorite ever since.
What is Coconut Bread?
This Coconut Bimini Bread from The Bahamas is not the recipe from Disney and it doesn’t come in roll form, but it’s just as delicious as the bread we ate so many years ago.
The coconut milk and honey in the dough makes the bread sweet, forming a treat that oh-so-subtly sweeps you off to a beach on a Bahamian island.
What Ingredients are in this Coconut Bread Recipe?
Nonfat dry milk powder
Instant dry yeast
How to Make Coconut Bread
Mix the yeast with water according to the instructions on the back of the package.
Add the liquids into the bread maker. Then the dry ingredients. Add the yeast in last.
Set cook time on your bread maker following the instructions for traditional white bread. Enjoy!
Can I Use Coconut Flour for this Recipe?
This Coconut Bread Recipe is inspired by Coconut Bimini Bread from The Bahamas. Coconut flour sounds delicious in this recipe, but, unfortunately, I’ve never tried it.
Most of the Coconut Bimini Bread recipes use unbleached flour as the flour in the recipe, so I have done the same here.
Using a Bread Maker
With this recipe, I also finally got to break out the bread maker that my mom has had since her wedding 24 years ago. It was so easy to pop all of the ingredients in the bread maker and walk into the house 3 hours later with the smell of fresh-baked bread wafting over me.
Using a bread maker is still kind of an unusual concept to me, as I haven’t done it very often over the years.
It’s quite simple, however, to make this recipe in your bread maker, as it doesn’t require any special assistance. I simply followed the instructions for “white bread” on my bread maker instructions, and my loaf came out perfectly!
Each bread maker will have a different method for making white bread, so make sure to check your manual instructions so that you know how to do it!
If you need help understanding your bread maker, here is a great guide that I used to understand my bread machine for the first time.
How to Enjoy your Coconut Bread
You can use this bread for anything you would normally use white bread for. Keep in mind, though, that it has a sweeter taste, so you will want to accommodate for this when choosing what recipes to use it with.
This bread was great simply topped with butter and eaten as toast. It would also be a fantastic base for French toast! It would also be delicious as the bread base for this Panzanella Sandwich.
Once you try it, let me know what you think! Post a photo of your Coconut Bimini Bread with the hashtag #theforeignfork and the tag @theforeignfork. Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post letting me know what you thought!
If you liked this recipe, also check out these other recipes I picked out just for you:
- Andorran Torrijas
- Fairy Bread
- Easy Bread Pudding Recipe
- Strawberry Bread Recipe
- Cornbread with Leeks
- Johnny Cake from the Bahamas
Coconut Bimini Bread (The Bahamas)
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 ½ tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 ½ tbsp honey
- 1 ½ tbsp butter, softened
- 2 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
- ⅓ cup eggs, lightly mixed
- 2 ¼ cups unbleached flour
- 1 ⅛ tsp instant dry yeast
- Mix the yeast with water according to the instructions on the back of the package.
- Add the liquids into the bread maker. Then the dry ingredients. Add the yeast in last.
- Set cook time on your bread maker following the instructions for traditional white bread. Enjoy!
Is this for a 11/2 lb loaf or 2 lb loaf? My bread machine has both options.
Janette Neufville says
Great taste! The 1/3 cup egg kinda threw me for a sec, but it ended up being an extra large egg.
Janette Neufville says
Also, I was doubtful, but mixed my dry yeast in about a tablespoon or more lukewarm to warm water, and it rose beautifully
The Foreign Fork says
haha! each egg is different, and this recipe had to be really specific with how much egg, so I went with cups instead! Glad you were able to figure it out easily and that you enjoyed the taste of the bread 🙂 Thanks for leaving a comment!
Ed Dawson says
We love our bread machine. Your recipe sounds delicious, but it concerns us because of our many dozens of recipes we have none that recommend mixing yeast with water before adding it to the machine. Neither do the instructions with our machine. Will this work if we simply add dry yeast after the other ingredients as recommended?
The Foreign Fork says
Thanks for your question! I always make the bread the way that the recipe describes and we’ve never had any problems with it 🙂 I actually have never tried the recipe the way that you mention above! If you do try it like that, please let me know how it turns out!
This recipe looks good, I will try and report back. I had tried original coconut bread in bahamas. When we went looking for the bahamian bread, always sold out. Amazing flavor and texture, I still remember it and I have been looking for a recipe.
The Foreign Fork says
Hurray!! Let me know what you think of it! I hope it’s as good as what you remember from The Bahamas.
What was your experience with this recipe vs the real deal in Bimini?
Meghan Hallewell says
Loved this bread! I’m so glad I was able to taste test this!! Mmm, mmm good!! It had the perfect amount of coconut flavor.