Coconut & Lime Pull-Apart Bread

Coconut and lime pull apart bread (click through for recipe) Coconut and lime pull apart bread (click through for recipe) I have a feeling that coconut is going to be a big thing for me this summer. I’m just finding that I’m really into almost anything coconut flavored lately. It’s probably because I wish I lived somewhere tropical.

I must admit, though, coconut is weird fruit. It comes in a super-hard-to-open shell that kind of looks like hairy bark. Weird. I wonder who even thought to open one up and then eat it that very first time. Whoever they were, my hat’s off to their adventurous spirit because I am loving all things toasted coconut, and at work I’m always adding a little coconut water to my day (I like to mix it with mostly plain water to flavor it).

Coconut and lime pull apart bread (click through for recipe) Coconut and lime pull apart bread (click through for recipe)If you’ve never made a pull-apart bread before, you are in for a treat. It’s basically bread with suggested serving sizes. Ha! There are plenty of savory versions out there but this is a great breakfast pull-apart bread recipe, or even a sweet pull-apart bread recipe. 

How to make pull apart breadCoconut & Lime Pull-Apart Bread, makes one loaf.

1/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons (one packet) active dry yeast
3 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons melted, cooled butter
1/3 cup cream (or whole milk)
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:
3 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1-2 teaspoons lime zest
1/3 cup toasted coconut, chopped

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/3 cup toasted coconut, chopped

In a small bowl, combine the warm water, a pinch of sugar, and the yeast. The pinch of sugar isn’t wholly necessary, but I find that this gives my yeast a little extra boost to start activating. It’s the yeast version of a morning cup of coffee. Allow that to sit and foam for 5-8 minutes.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Now pour in the yeast water, the butter, and the cream. Give that a stir. Stir in the eggs and vanilla as well. Once a soft dough ball forms, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3-4 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for about an hour (it should almost double in size).

Yeasted breadTurn the dough out onto a floured surface. Again. So many floured surfaces. Roll out so it’s a large rectangle. You want the dough pretty thin, like around 1/4 inch or a little less. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle on the sugar, lime zest, and toasted coconut. Cut into small rectangles slightly smaller than your loaf pan. Stack the pieces and place into the buttered (or oiled) loaf pan. Cover and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.

Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes. 

How to make pull apart bread. While the bread bakes you can make your glaze. Whisk together the lime juice and powdered sugar. If you sift the powdered sugar first, this will help to make sure your glaze doesn’t contain any lumps. 

Once the bread is done, allow it to cool for 8-10 minutes. Pour over the glaze and sprinkle on the remaining coconut.

Coconut and lime pull apart bread (click through for recipe) This bread is best served warm. And with a glass of milk. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Coconut and Lime Pull-Apart Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons one packet active dry yeast
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons melted cooled butter
  • 1/3 cup cream or whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1/3 cup toasted coconut chopped

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/3 cup toasted coconut chopped

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the warm water, a pinch of sugar, and the yeast. The pinch of sugar isn't wholly necessary, but I find that this gives my yeast a little extra boost to start activating. It's the yeast version of a morning cup of coffee. Allow that to sit and foam for 5-8 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Now pour in the yeast water, the butter, and the cream. Give that a stir. Stir in the eggs and vanilla as well. Once a soft dough ball forms, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3-4 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for about an hour (it should almost double in size).
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Again. So many floured surfaces. Roll out so it's a large rectangle. You want the dough pretty thin, like around 1/4 inch or a little less. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle on the sugar, lime zest, and toasted coconut. Cut into small rectangles slightly smaller than your loaf pan. Stack the pieces and place into the buttered (or oiled) loaf pan. Cover and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.
  4. While the bread bakes you can make your glaze. Whisk together the lime juice and powdered sugar. If you sift the powdered sugar first, this will help to make sure your glaze doesn't contain any lumps.
  5. Once the bread is done, allow it to cool for 8-10 minutes. Pour over the glaze and sprinkle on the remaining coconut.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with Merit of the Signature Collection

  • This sounds like the dreamiest bread ever!! What a treat, mmm….

  • This just looks so good, and I love the idea of the added lime 🙂

  • It looks delicious!!!!
    I really want to try it someday!
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  • Saw this today in the morning and had to try it right away. I gave half of it to our neighbours….we all loved it. Thanks for this great summer recipe!
    Best wishes from Switzerland

  • It’s so lovely! In Germany we know Pull-apart bread really well 🙂 Tastes good!

  • Whoa looks so tempting! Thanks for sharing the recipe, nice pictures!

  • Oh my goodness this looks incredible. That’s my baking for the day sorted 🙂

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  • I love that you call that a mom joke;) Not sure why, though. I think I make a lot of mom jokes, too, and now I know what to call them. Ha. I also love the bread, it looks super exotic and decadent. Yum.

  • Ooooh, this looks so delicious!! I want some right now with a cup of tea!

  • I love the idea of pull apart bread! I’ve never had it before but now I really want to give it a try! 🙂

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  • How are you getting it to layer like that? I’m assuming you’re cutting it into squares and placing them. A video would be helpful because this looks wonderful. 🙂

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  • This looks delicious! I love something fresh during this time of year and lime & coconut are the perfect combination! Where did you get that pretty white dish that the bread is styled on?

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • This look so yummy! I love sweet bread!
    Anneka x
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  • I haven’t tried it with other flours. Typically you can substitute in at least 1/4 cup whole wheat flour for the white without changing the crumb too much. But again, I didn’t do this so I’m not totally sure.

    I did make a chia seed pull apart bread last year, so you could try that if you like:
    https://abeautifulmess.com/2013/05/lemon-chia-seed-pull-apart-bread.html

    -Emma

  • The joke is that the bread can be pulled apart for individual servings. 🙂 -Jacki

  • I think it’s pretty easy. What part seems difficult to you? Just curious as perhaps I could better photograph or even do a short video some time to help illustrate.

    Good luck!

    -Emma

  • Thank you! This one feels a little more like a dessert or sweet treat than the chia one. 🙂

    -Emma

  • Could someone please explain the “lame joke”, it’s really bugging me. Oh yes, I am that dumb 😀

  • Oh my gosh, I am a coconut junkie. Definitely have to try this out – it looks AMAZING.

  • yum! this sounds amazing!

    xxoo,
    nikki

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  • Oh my stars that both sounds and looks delicious! Definetely a recipe I will have to try 🙂

  • I want this bread while sipping on a pina colada in the Bahamas. It looks and sounds amazing!

    Sammi Sunshine
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  • yum! I want to use your recipe and make all sorts of pull apart breads now! thanks for sharing this. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

  • I love coconut. I recently made coconut lemon cake, so im on a coconut trend lately. That looks so good, i need to give that a try! Thanks for sharing.

  • Yummy! looks absolutely amazing!! Can’t wait to try this recipe!
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  • Oh man…this is to good to be true!!

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  • This legit looks real good. Def pinning to make at some point.

  • I think this has got to be the best picture of you..like
    ever. The bread looks amazing, but you’re stunning!! Beautiful!

  • Ah! This looks so refreshing! Love the pull-apart idea! Keep these creative recipes coming, ladies!

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  • Nom nom, it looks amazing! Will have to try it out. Thanks for sharing.
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  • It looks delicious! For some unknown reason, pull apart bread always seems difficult to me… Trhus I never tried. But your recipe seems to be quite easy, so I may give it a try!

  • That looks absolutely amazing! If I had an oven in this little apartment of mine, I would make it right now! Coconut and lime are some of my favorites!

  • This looks absolutely delicious! Think I’ve just entered a bit of a bread baking phase so will try out this for sure!

    Also, love your mom jokes.

  • The lemon chia seed bread you made a while back was wonderful. But this one? Well let’s just say I’ve changed my plans for today after reading this gem. (I’ll be making this)

  • Coconut is big for everything and everyone this season this year! Its all over the place! 🙂 Do we have a substitute for white flour to make this may be healthier? It looks delicious anyways! 🙂

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  • Pull-apart bread? I never heard before but it looks delicious! 🙂

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