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Being raised as a fat German boy I loved sweet breads! Flash forward to my culinary career I’ve many times used sweet breads for cakes, slathering them with a wonderful meringue buttercream or cream cheese frosting. Taking a favorite recipe from my chef grandmother Vi, I created this tasty variation which uses coconut oil instead of shortening or vegetable oil, which is a far healthier choice. The “why” being that the body can break it down easier, it has lower triglycerides and contains far less oxidants. Prefer not to use any oil? Then applesauce is fine at a 50% ratio.

If you are using this recipe for a cake, brush the Butterscotch Bourbon Sauce onto each layer liberally, in place of a simple syrup. Note: you can substitute the bourbon for rum, or eliminate the alcohol completely. 

Bread—
2 cups (400 g) sugar
1 cup coconut oil
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
3 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/3 cup (80 ml) buttermilk or sour cream
3 cups (420 g) flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup (25 g) shredded coconut, dried and ground
1/2 cup (60 g) walnuts, lightly chopped
Whole walnuts for decoration
 
Butterscotch Bourbon Sauce—
1/2 cup (100 g) golden brown sugar
70 g unsalted butter
4 Tbsp cream
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup bourbon, optional
 
Prep: Spread the shredded coconut out on a pan and bake at 250° F for 5-10 minutes till dried but not toasted. This is the desiccation process. Put into food processor and grind.
 
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease two loaf pans and line bottom with parchment paper.
 
Step 1:
Whisk together eggs, sugar, oil, bananas, buttermilk or sourcream, and vanilla. Set aside.
 
Step 2:
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add this to the wet mixture, then stir in the ground coconut and chopped walnuts.
 
Step 3:
Pour the batter into the baking pans, top with several whole walnuts and bake for 40-60 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean.
 
Step 4:
A few minutes before the bread is finished baking, place all ingredients of the sauce in saucepan and heat gently until sugar has dissolved and mixture is slowly boiling.
 
Step 5:
As soon as the breads are done, remove from oven and pierce them all over with a skewer. Pour the hot butterscotch bourbon sauce over the tops. Leave to cool in pan.

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