The island flavors in this Hawaiian Pineapple-Coconut Loaf cake will take you away. Inspired by my love of warm weather and ocean breeze as well a pineapple and coconut, it’s spectacular alongside a cup of Joe or hot tea. The glorious combination of sweet pineapple, toasted coconut and macadamia nuts combine into a triple threat. Enjoy a slice with tea or coffee any time of day.
I think loaf cakes are perfect for smaller gatherings when you don’t want tons of leftovers. They’re quite simple to make from scratch and often the ingredients are things you may already have on hand. This loaf cake can be served on it’s own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. The crushed pineapple lends a tender crumb and moist deliciousness to the batter that makes it so delicious. Sweet bread heaven.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Hawaiian Pineapple-Coconut Loaf
- 1 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut divided
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts roughly chopped
- 1  oz can crushed pineapple well drained
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter melted and cooled
- 3 large eggs beaten
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pure rum extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread 1 cup flaked coconut and 1/2 cup macadamia nuts on a baking pan. Roast for 7-8 minutes, then remove the nuts.
- Increase the oven to broil and continue to toast the coconut stirring periodically until browned. Set aside to cool.
- Place the pineapple into a fine mesh colander and drain, squeezing out any excess liquid.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, 3 large eggs, Greek yogurt, vanilla and rum extracts.
- By hand, stir the wet ingredients into the dry until fully moistened. The batter will be stiff.
- Add the toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and crushed pineapple. Mix until combined.
- Spritz a 9 x 5 x 4 inch loaf pan with baking spray. Spread the batter evenly into the loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup coconut on top.
- Bake for 40 minutes, then check the top for over-browning. Lay a piece of aluminum foil on top and continue baking for another 10 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes back clean.
- Cool in the loaf pan for 1 hour, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.