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Having returned from the wilds of, erm, Cambridge, to half a kitchen and a lot of mud, I’ve got a feeling this loaf won’t be a one-off Easter baking experience…Prepare for the onslaught.

I adapted this recipe from one on Smitten Kitchen, adding a bit of lime to jazz things up a bit. I was then a bit dubious as I was making it as to whether cinnamon and lime really go together, but I was quite surprised to find the result was very pleasing indeed. SK browned the butter, but I can’t be having with these new-fangled techniques, so mine is just melted, but feel free to follow  her…


140g desiccated coconut

Juice of 4 limes

2 eggs

295 ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

315g plain flour

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 rounded tsp ground cinnamon

130g granulated sugar

85g melted butter

Combine the lime juice and coconut in a bowl and set aside.


Preheat oven to 175C. Whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla.


In another bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add sugar and coconut-lime mixture, and stir to mix. Make a well in the centre, and pour in egg mixture, then stir wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Add butter, and stir until just smooth — be careful not to overmix. Pour into a lined loaf tin


and bake at 175C for 50-60 mins or until a knife comes out clean.