Sticky lime & coconut drizzle loaf…

I’m not a great fan of dessicated coconut, it conjures up images in my mind of bright pink, sickly sweet coconut ice. I recently discovered a recipe for sticky lime and coconut drizzle loaf and was pleased to see that there wasn’t a speck of it in sight, just an intriguing combination of coconut milk and fresh lime…definitely worth a try!

I think it’s one of the easiest things I’ve baked in a while and although it looked fairly unspectacular…the deliciousness lurking under that loaf like exterior was incredible…

To make sticky lime and coconut drizzle loaf you need…

100g butter, softened

175g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

175g golden caster sugar

2 eggs

half  of a 400ml tin coconut milk

grated zest of 2 limes

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease and line a 2lb loaf tin (or use a silicone version).

Simply beat all of the cake ingredients together until smooth and the pour into the tin.

Bake for 40 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch…easy peasy!

To make the drizzle icing you need…

the other half of the 400ml tin of coconut milk

200g caster sugar

grated zest of 1 lime

Juice of 3 limes

Boil the coconut milk and 150g of the sugar in a saucepan for about 5 minutes until it’s syrupy. The recipe I was following said that you should be able to see the bottom of the pan when you stir it, however I boiled mine for about 10 minutes and it just didn’t seem to want to get to that stage. So I made the executive decision to turn it off, which thankfully didn’t seem to have any kind of detrimental effect on the finished product! I’d recommend that you use your judgement on boiling time/syrup consistency, but once you’re happy with your syrup, stir in the lime juice and set it aside to cool.

Mix the remaining sugar with the lime zest and set aside for later.

Leave the cake in it’s tin, whilst you gradually drizzle the syrup over the top. Wait for it to sink into the loaf before repeating the process. I was amazed at just how much liquid my little cake could absorb!

Leave the cake to cool fully before carefully removing it from the tin. Finally sprinkle the lime sugar over the top…

The syrupy drizzle makes it unbelievably moist and the fresh lime juice and zest adds a great zingyness to the mix, which balances and compliments the creaminess of the coconut milk.

I decided it was the most perfectly topical birthday cake for my friend, who recently found out he’s going to be a Dad. Their baby is still only a wee thing…apparently the size of a lime! 🙂

The cake was an absolute winner and disappeared in in a matter of seconds!

I received a lot of complaints…that there just wasn’t enough of it (note to self…1 loaf is just not enough!)

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