Rainy Day Baking – A recipe that I Wanted to Try Long, Long Time Ago – My version of Bill’s Famous Coconut Quick Bread

Baking Diary – Log 9 – 19.05.2012

It is raining unpredictably now in Finland.

Summer sun rays come and go like they are playing seek and hide with us. One minute it likes sunshine all over, another it likes raining cats and dogs and the sky are grey and cloudy. 😦

I had planned to go out for a walk around town, but sadly had to cancel it due to this kind of weather.

Rainy days, however, are perfect for baking something warm and aromatic in the oven. There has always been one recipe that I wanted to try for long, long time. I came across this the first time 3 years ago when I was wandering around one of my favorite Vietnamese blogs, White Polar. Her photos are breath-taking, people! But this recipe has been neglected in my kitchen due to ingredients missing. I don’t know why but it seemed like every time I try to make this, coconut or something was out. 😐

Bill’s Coconut Quick Bread

So here and now, for the first time, I gathered all needed ingredients to make this quick bread. It is very simple recipe, with no complicated utensil, just a hand whisk, a scale, a loaf pan, and of course, an oven, and you are good to go. It is also a recipe for beginner, because look, I make it now for the first time, and the result is awesome. Believe me and fear not! It is like 1, 2, 3, super duper easy!

I change a couple of things in the original recipe. The result is wonderfully tasty and aromatic. Enjoy, my version of Bill’s Famous Coconut Quick Bread! Tada!


Ingredients (for 1 loaf of 23x7cm)

Needed Ingredients

Dry mixture

  • 200g all-purpose flour
  • 75g grounded flaxseed (if you don’t have this in hands, just omit it and replace by the same amount of flour, so in total of 275g flour)
  • 150g dried coconut flakes
  • 1 cup = 201g white granulated white sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon powder

Wet Mixture

  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 75g melted butter



Step 1: preheat your oven to 180 degree Celsius.

Line a 23x7x7cm baking tray with parchment paper, like this.

How to prepare the pan

Step 2: Now weight all the dry ingredients listed above into a big mixing bowl.

Dry Ingredients

Mix well.

Dry Mixture

Step 3: Now weight all the wet ingredients in another bowl.

Wet ingredients

Mix well, too. 🙂

Wet Mixture

Step 4: Now slowly pour the wet mix into the dry mix bowl while constantly whisking using a hand whisk.

Pour the wet into the dry

Continue whisking just until all ingredients combined and lump-free. Stop your whisking right away when you reach this stage. No more or your loaf will be dense. 😦 The finished batter does not look very pretty due to the flax seed brownness, but trust me, smell good, and taste soo good.

Finished batter

Step 5: Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Even it out by gently “slamming” the pan against the kitchen counter a couple of times. After that, you will have this.

Pour the batter evenly into the pan

Step 6: Put the loaf on the lowest rack, in my case because my upper heat is stronger than my lower heat and this quick bread does take long to bake.

How to arrange the pan in my oven

Step 7: Bake the loaf for approximately 50 minutes or more until the skew sticks inside the loaf coming out clear. Like this.

Skew came out clean – The loaf is done

After 30 minutes, your kitchen will start to smell heavenly amazing. The combination of coconut, cinnamon and vanilla is irresistible.

If your loaf browned on the top too much while the inside is still not done, simply take the loaf out, cover the top with aluminum foil, and continue your baking until the skew test is achieved. 🙂

Step 8: When your loaf is done, let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes. It was the hardest 20 minutes of my life, while my nose was happily diving in the wonderful aroma, my mouth was drooling and my hands desperately wanted to slice the loaf down real nicely. LOL!

20 minutes are up. Now flip your loaf out of the pan. Here it is, the cause of my pain!

Baked Loaf

Now slice this bad boy into whatever size you want, make yourself a cup of jasmine tea, and enjoy!

Slicing, Slicing

Serve warm, or serve cool, it is as good as it gets. 🙂 One or two slices like these for breakfast and you are well prepared for a hard working day.

Bill’s Coconut Quick bread


It is 9:30PM when I finish this post. And the sun is till on. Maybe, it’s time to prepare for the Finnish dark-less summer night. I used to dream about Midnight Sun since I read the Twilight Saga of Stephenie Meyer. It is a short novel of her, retelling the Twilight story through Edward Cullen’s eyes, incomplete and hasn’t been legally published.

And now I have seen it, with my own eyes. Nothing much, just another wonder created by Mother Nature. 🙂

Nighty night now,


18 thoughts on “Rainy Day Baking – A recipe that I Wanted to Try Long, Long Time Ago – My version of Bill’s Famous Coconut Quick Bread

    • Hi Loh, that’s I honestly have not tried. But it sound like a great idea to me. Plz try and get back to me. I think the general rule of this formula still apply to the muffin case, which you will replace 5% flour+needed water/milk in the recipe for tangzhong.


    • Hi Zenobia,

      You are very welcome. I am pleased to hear that you enjoy the recipe as much as I do. Slice almonds sound like a wonderful substitute, I sure love the nuttiness it brings to the cake.

      Let’s keep in touch with each other’s kitchen!



  1. The sun never sets during summer in Finland??? Wow that’s the first time I hear about such things, sounds amazing, wish I could experience for once too. Nite nite Rose 🙂


    • Hi Miu,

      The sun does shine here during Finnish summer, like a lot. The weather is just so unpredictable at times. Especially now, at the beginning of summer this year, when the rains come and go, and the cloud and the cold. But it will be better in time, I suppose. 🙂

      Nighty night, Miu



      • We would never get sick of talking about weather, living in Europe, won’t we? ^^ How much I wish you could send me some Finnish sun rays, the UK sky is screaming “don’t ever think about sunshine again”, as if this is not May already.
        And your Bill’s coconut bread looks amazing (I’m sure it tastes heavenly too), it’s my perfect goodie for cold rainy day : x


        • Haha, you are right, Miu. Talking about weather living in Europe, such as typical topic, isn’t it?

          I also wish I could save these little sunshine in a cookie jar, so that I could open it up and light up my little apartment whenever it rains. I would save some and sent it to UK for you, too. 😉 My auntie is also living in UK now, she complaints about the weather like hell. :))

          However, there is no such joy as baking and enjoy fresh baked goodies with a cup of tea, while covered up with blanket in a rainy day, isn’t it?



    • Hi Shimmeshine,

      Thank you for your constant support. I wish you were my neighbor too, I could learn so much from your rich culture.

      And do try this, if you have time. It is a very, very easy yet super duper tasty bread to make. 🙂

      Good luck in your kitchen.



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