Wednesday, October 19, 2005


i've been promising the kiddos delivery pizza for the past two weeks, however, the only pizza place around me that delivers is a mom and pop place called papa roni's and they haven't been delivering the past couple of weeks. so i left work a lil early to go pick one up before i got the kiddos.

that is the first time that i have been inside in such a long time. i love the whole small, quaint italian restaurant feel to it. in the bakery cases i saw cannoli shells, tarts, cheesecake,and cookies. the smells were devine and you are able to see them (the owner and her teenage kiddos) cooking up some yummies!

as i stand there on teepie-toes taking sneak peeks of what they are doing back there, i wish that i could work there. i wanna make pizza and cannoli. i almost think i am going to open up my mouth and ask if i can work one day a week. even if its just to make cannoli filling.

then that reminds me of my dream to bake all day long. before i got pregnant with mikey, i had received the application to attend a local culinary school. i was going to attend the culinary school, master in pastries, then one day have my own show on the food network. believe you me, i have plenty of practice. for as long as i can remember, when i would whip something up in the kitchen (and i did this quite a bit when i was little up until and my bros were latch key kids) i would talk as if i was talking into a camera. i giggle now as i think about it.

but thats the dream.

to bake.

maybe one day.

for now, i have the pleasure of baking for my wonderful family and the officers who visit my office on a regular basis.

chocolate cannoli

pizza delicioso

a loaf of tomato & basil bread for lunch tomorrow.

speaking of baking, i am completely addicted to baking sheet. while checking it out today at work, i came across a recipe for bills coconut bread. bill has quite a few restaurants in australia and a couple of cookbooks that i would like to get my hands on.

once i saw the recipe, i knew i had to try it. i did however have to adjust a few things based on what i had on hand (like i didn't have any milk, so i used coconut milk, and i don't know what caster sugar is (which i plan on looking up) so i used regular ol white sugar).

i've already tried a lil piece and it is devine. when i first read in nic's post, she mentioned that she couldn't wait to toast it in the a.m. and put butter on it. i kinda thought that that didn't sound real good, but after tasting the bread, i see how that would be delish. its sweet without being too sweet.

here's the recipe with my substitutions in ( ).

Bill's Coconut Bread

2 eggs
300ml (1 1/4 cups) milk (same amount, only coconut milk)
1 tsp vanilla
350g (2 1/2 cups) flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
225 g (1 cup and a bit) caster sugar (same amount, only white sugar)
150 g (2 cups) shredded coconut
75 g (1/3 cup) butter, melted

Preheat oven to 180C /350F.

Whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon. Stir in sugar and coconut. Make a well in the center and pour in egg mixture. Stir until just combined.
Add butter and stir until just smooth, being careful not to overmix.
Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake for 1 hour, or until tester comes out clean.
Cool in tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

nic's notes: I have used lowfat milk to no ill effects in this recipe. I have also used sweetened coconut and reduced the amount of sugar slightly. Bill Granger suggests that this loaf will yield 8 slices, but I probably cut it into 12. Enjoy it plain, or toasted with butter!


channah said...

I learned from watching Jamie Oliver that caster sugar is just what plain white sugar is called in other parts of the world. So you used the right ingredient after all! Hope that helps.

elizabeth said...

thanks channah!!! that is good to know for sure :)

Jessica said...

No kidding, but I think I can smell coconut bread!

joelene said...

Holy Crap, you are my hero!

Nic said...

I'm glad you liked the bread. I toast this recipe because that is the way that it is served at Bill Granger's restaurant, where it's on the breakfast menu. The coconut milk sounds like a great substitution!

elizabeth said...

well, i just have to say that i toasted it this a.m. and slapped on some butter and it is mmm...good!!