As we made our way around the world last year as part of our homeschool geography studies, we dabbled in a bit of ethnic cooking. One of my favorite resources was the children's cookbook, Emeril's There's a Chef in My World!: Recipes That Take You Places.
We made several of the recipes in this cookbook. Mango Lassis and Indian Naan Bread when we studied India. Swedish Meatballs and Swedish Cucumber Salad on our way through Scandinavia. Pepperoni and Fresh Mozzarella Paninis and Chocolate-Hazelnut Biscotti as we spent time in Italy.
All were fabulous. I am not kidding.
Now these were not your basic children's cookbook kinds of recipes. Some of them are time-consuming. I found some of the recipes a bit complicated. A child who had only a passing interest in cooking could find these tedious. But a child who enjoys cooking, and has an adult to work with, will have a blast. Every recipe that we have tried was well worth the time and effort, and the results were dee-licous! Kids-requesting-repeats dee-licious!
We decided that we'd keep trying recipes from this cookbook (and cooking ones we had already tried*), even though our year of world geography emphasis was over.
Coconut Bread, is from There's a Chef in My World!, and it did not disappoint. The loaf was full of rich coconutty flavor. I think I'd consider it a dessert bread, almost like a coconut pound cake. Baked in mini-loaves, Coconut Bread would make wonderful homemade Christmas gifts.
* These are the Swedish Meatballs and Cucumber Salad that we served at Sunday's birthday dinner.
This week's bread...
(Makes 1 loaf)
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup unsalted butter
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God,
that I will send a famine in the land,
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord.
Looking for a recipe from another week?
Week 1: Sweet Potato Bread
Week 2: Cheryl's Semi-Sweet Corn Bread
Week 3: Three-Cheese Bread
Week 4: Multi-Grain Bread
Week 7: Parmesan-Herb Focaccia
Week 8: Cinnamon Raisin Bread