the personal is political: bill’s coconut bread + norwegian apple cake

I have a great many cookbooks and I peruse them constantly when I’m at odds on what to cook or bake. But sometimes, I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for and let’s just face it, sometimes it’s easier to look online. The joys of the intermanet is the huge amount of recipes available at your fingertips. It’s so easy to plug into Google a few ingredients and have it return a million and four recipes back for your choosing. I love technology, especially since it makes my dinner options so vast. Food blogs are another matter altogether. They can be flippant, friendly, all-business or have something important to say. With a food blog, you not only get a recipe, but you get a backstory or a bit of history or a personal connection with the author. In a world where people are less involved in civic and community life, where we more often than not “bowl alone”, it’s nice to be able to create and participate in an active online community. Yes, I am talking about you, food blog. I read a whole whack of food blogs and I feel connected to how others live and eat and write about something so common to us all.

Enough with the jibbery-jab and on with the recipes. All this long long winded introduction brings me to 2 new recipes this week, both found on food blogs. The first comes from Baking Sheet and a recipe I had bookmarked for quite a while now. The other day, I went to visit with my friends who had a baby and figured that along with a few presents I should bring something edible and just a bit sweet. After all, a couple with a new baby need all the sustinence and treats that they can handle. I thought this recipe for coconut bread fit the bill and it’s most perfect for breakfast toasted with a bit of butter. Yum!

My second recipe for this post comes from one of my favorite blogs, Bunny Pie. I originally found this blog from an art site and then clicked along to find this. Updates are seem too few and far between for my tastes, but I’m sure it’s just cuz I’m being greedy and I want more of the beautifully photographed pictures and vintage dishes. When Debs recently posted a recipe for a Norwegian Apple Cake, I thought it would be a perfect no-fail recipe for my mother-in-law’s birthday cake. The recipe is simplicity itself with no need for oil or butter. It’s got a lovely crusty exterior and a sublimely chewy interior and is perfect served with vanilla ice cream. If you want to eat cake everyday, this is the cake for you!

16 comments to “the personal is political: bill’s coconut bread + norwegian apple cake”

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    purplecupcake   April 29, 2006 at 7:55 am

    How yummy! Thanks for the recipe..these are definitely must trys.

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    kickpleat   April 30, 2006 at 10:20 am

    thanks purplecupcake! these are easy to make & totally delicious.

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    Lynda   May 1, 2006 at 1:34 pm

    Greetings! We just added your very tasty blog to the directory. If you can, we’d love you to sport the button at

    If not, no problem but it would be great if you encouraged your blogging friends and fellow foodies to add their blog and to rate and comment on yours.


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    Tania   May 1, 2006 at 9:04 am

    I love the “jibbery-jab,” as you call it, and agree wholeheartedly. I really enjoy participating in this active little on-line community; it’s almost a bonus that it comes with recipes!

    These two treats look wonderful. I’m already fantasizing about the coconut bread!

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    Darlaing   May 1, 2006 at 9:41 pm

    coconut bread? could there be anything better? You’re my new favorite hero.

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    Michele   May 1, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    the coconut bread looks wonderful. The cake reminds me of a German apple cake I made last year from a recipe I found on-line, I love the texture of the top and I totally agree it could very well be eaten every day!

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    kickpleat   May 1, 2006 at 10:27 pm

    Yup, I couldn’t agree more Tania! I wish that I also had some coconut bread right about now!

    Thanks Lynda!

    Aw, shucks DarlaMay!!

    Michele, these were 2 really wonderful and simple to prepare recipes. They both could be made every day 🙂

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    Marilyn   May 2, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    Hey-thanks for visiting my site! Getting recipes from other food blogs is great: not only is it free, but like you said, you get some personal info about the author which makes everything so much more appealing.

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    Anne   May 8, 2006 at 7:04 am

    I made a loaf of coconut bread last night so we could have it for breakfast this morning. Sadly, it was gone before we got to bed!

    And even the coconut-hating child loved it.

    Thanks so much for reprinting such an easy and delicious recipe.

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    debs   May 24, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    i am so glad you made it!

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    robina   June 21, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    i’ve had that coconut bread recipe for YEARS (or the one it’s based on, anyway) — i copied it out of a cookbook while babysitting at some point — and have been meaning to make it for just as long.

    andy loves apple cakes of all kinds, as you may know, and i am totally going to try this one sometime. i still have to post his birthday apple poundcake recipe.

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    eatme_delicious   June 21, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    I think I’ve seen that coconut bread recipe somewhere before and wanted to make it. Maybe I’ll make it tomorrow… though I’ve been trying not to bake too much so I don’t eat it all! Did you use regular white sugar for this or caster sugar? I was trying to figure out the difference and there doesn’t seem to be much aside from caster being a bit finer maybe? I never see it in our grocery stores.

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    kickpleat   June 22, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    eatme_delicious, i just used regular sugar and it turned out fine! good luck and i wouldn’t worry about eating the whole thing by yourself….hmmm, or maybe you should worry cuz it is really good!

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    aria   June 22, 2007 at 1:16 pm

    that upside down apple cake looks wonderful AND most importantly easy enough i will be able to cook it!

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    Lael   November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    both of these recipes sound delicious! I love the idea of coconut bread and am now set on making this Norwegian apple cake tomorrow. Thanks so much for sharing from your kitchen!

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