As you may know, I frequently work with Tropical Traditions on a variety of reviews and fun giveaways. Last week, they send me a bag of their Organic Coconut Flour to review. I was excited to give this a whirl, since I love to bake and I also love to experiment in the kitchen! I was planning to make bread this afternoon, so I decided to do a search and see if this could be substituted for regular flour when baking bread. I read up quite a bit on cooking with coconut flour, and it was very interesting.
From what I gather, coconut flour can be used to replace up to 30% of regular flour in a recipe – some recipes can use 100% coconut flour, but it requires tweaking; since coconut flour doesn’t contain any gluten, you need to add eggs as a binding agent so that the mixture doesn’t fall apart. The ratio appears to be roughly 1 egg to every 1/4 cup of coconut flour used. There are many pages dedicated to special coconut flour recipes – Tropical Traditions have some of their own recipes posted here and here (PDF file) – and while I found a variety of bread recipes using coconut flour (Such as this one), I didn’t see any geared specifically towards using a breadmaker. So I decided to create my own breadmaker recipe by modifying one of my favorites out of my bread machine’s user manual.
The recipe I adapted was for French bread, and called for flour, salt, butter, water and yeast.
I substituted 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour with the coconut flour. It has a lovely coconut scent and a darker color than regular flour.
I then added two eggs as a binding agent for the coconut flour, then proceeded with the rest of the ingredients as normal.
The final result:
We made sandwiches with it, and it was very nice! The main difference is that this bread is extremely dense – Jai describes it as “Approaching an English Muffin” – and slightly drier, which I expected, since coconut flour absorbs more liquid than regular flour. It had a slightly different flavor, almost like tasting a hint of wheat bread. I enjoyed this, and I would make it again.
So here’s the recipe:
Beeb’s Coconut Flour Breadmaker Loaf – Adapted from a recipe in the Panasonic Bread Bakery manual
2 1/2 cups All-Purpose flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 TBSP butter
10 1/2 fl. oz. water
1 tsp dry yeast
Add all ingredients and select BAKE mode. Alternatively, you can add an extra teaspoon of yeast and select BAKE RAPID mode.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.