When I came across this recipe for coconut loaf it was like a revelation. I mean, coconut…in loaf form. What could be better? Possibly nothing but that didn’t stop me tampering with the recipe a little bit.
Coconut and lime. These two flavours really do spell summer, don’t they? As we are slap bang in the middle of summer I can think of no reason not to make this recipe. My favourite way to enjoy this loaf is toasted, topped with a little butter and raspberry jam. The smell of it toasting, lovely.
This loaf is quite dense, and not as moist as a banana loaf, which is why I think it benefits from being toasted. It takes a good hour to cook, so I would recommend covering it with tin foil after about 40 minutes to make sure the top doesn’t get too overdone. The crust will be quite substantial though, but its contrasting texture is one of the best qualities.
I have to start by talking about Andy Murray. He’s not my very favourite player and it took me a while to really get behind him but he has really grown on my over the past two years. I’m so, so delighted that he won Wimbledon! It was such a deserved victory after all this time and to take the victory over Djokovic the way he did (even though it was still painfully close in parts) was really a brilliant effort. Well done Andy! However, the next big tournament is the US Open where I will be well and truly back to my ‘¡Vamos Rafa!’ ways.
I watched the Wimbledon final with some friends in Aberdeen. It was a gorgeous day and as we’d be spending the majority of it indoors we went to the beach in the morning. It was even warm enough for a paddle in the sea and some delicious ice cream. I had white chocolate and pistachio and rhubarb sorbet, which was amazing and I will definitely have to try to recreate.
The main reason for my being up in Aberdeen was to go to my cousins wedding. It was a great day and the whole family were there for the celebration, a big party and BBQ in my aunts back garden. They both looked lovely and I wish them lots of love and happiness for the future.
Anyways, enough about my life. On to the cakes! I made these cupcakes for the wedding. They are a perfect combination of summer flavours, with the fragrant orange and sweet bites of nectarine. When baked the tartness of the nectarine is softened and the sweetness enhanced, delicious. I topped these with a whipped cream icing which is much lighter than a buttercream and I think really compliments the flavour combination.