Coconut Water & Poppy Loaf + Blood Orange Glaze


Amid the bleakness of winter comes a colorful and sweet gift to tide us over till spring- winter citrus. I grew up in Florida surrounded by fields of orange trees. On the very, very rare occurrence that we'd have a cold night, the smell of oranges overwhelmed our little town. I will never forget the distinctly tart smell of cold weather oranges and as a result, citrus will forever pair well with my definition of winter. Especially January because, come on, we ALL need a reminder that this too shall pass, this too shall pass. This sweet little loaf transported me from a cold January day in Brooklyn to a warm summer night in June. The cake is perfectly coconut with pops of poppy seeds running throughout. Spooned on top is a beautiful and delicious glaze made with blood oranges so it magically strikes the balance of sweet and tart, pink and white. Top with luscious flakes of coconut for a treat perfect for any time, anywhere; even surrounded by the doldrums of January.

Coconut Water & Poppy Loaf + Blood Orange Glaze

Large bowl:

1 stick (113 grams) butter, room temperature

3/4 cup (160 grams) granulated sugar

Small bowl:

2 whole eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon coconut extract

Measuring cup:

3/4 cup (175 grams) coconut water

Medium bowl:

1 3/4 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

On the sidelines:

Blood Orange Glaze, recipe as follows

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a standard loaf pan with butter or nonstick spray and set aside. I like to line my loaf pans with parchment paper to make removal easier but it's totally not necessary.

2

In the first bowl, cream together the butter and sugar for a few minutes until it's light and fluffy.

3

Add in the eggs and the extracts and mix until combined.

4

Slowly add in the coconut water until well mixed.

5

Lastly, add in the flour mixture from the medium bowl and mix until just combined but ensure that all ingredients are well incorporated.

6

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake in the preheated oven until baked through and the top springs back when touched lightly- about one hour. Let cool and drizzle with glaze.

Blood Orange Glaze

Medium bowl:

1 1/2 cups (200 grams) powdered sugar

A few tablespoons of blood orange juice (about one medium blood orange squeezed)

Pinch of salt

1

Whisk all ingredients together until thoroughly incorporated. You can make this glaze as thin or as thick as your little heart desires.

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