Almond Joy Bread

 

 The last thing I need in my life right now is another reason to spend time at my computer so when I stumbled across Pinterest I had no idea what I was getting myself in to.  I  innocently started to just take a look around and before I knew it I was completely hooked.  This amazing site has connected me to millions  hundreds of blogs I never knew were out there that cover every imaginable subject matter from crochet instructions for a left handed person to how to take better photographs.  And recipes…I’ve found so many that I want to try I don’t even know where to start. Pinterest is a place to organize and save all the great ideas we find on the internet every day:  recipes I want to make, a collection of my favorites that I can share with others, pictures of where I live, places I’ve been – that kind of thing. If you are curious and would like to see my Pinterest boards you can check them out here.

I immediately knew I was on to something good when I found this recipe for Almond Joy Bread that Culinary Concoctions by Peabody posted back in September of 1997.  I had never visited her blog before and, believe me, I felt like I found a foodie gold mine.  Peabody (yup, that’s really her name) lives here in the Pacific NW so we are practically neighbors and I know I will be stopping by often for some baking and cooking inspiration. I don’t go out of my way for candy but I have a pathetic weakness for almond joy bars…always have.  I used to go through my kids Halloween bags when they weren’t looking to see if I could find a few bars they wouldn’t miss.  So when I saw the name and a photo of this bread on Pinterest I knew I had to make it.

Photo by Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

4.8 from 4 reviews
Almond Joy Bread
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  • ½cup raw almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • COCONUT GLAZE:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat ingredients on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift and combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Starting with the flour mixture alternate flour, buttermilk, flour, buttermilk and flour…in that order. Mix until just combined, like you would if you were making muffins.
  4. Fold in coconut, chocolate chips and almonds.
  5. Pour into two loaf pans or 8 mini loaf pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 350F for 1 hours (minis take only about 10 minutes less).
  6. Remove from oven and place on rack to cool. While cakes are still warm, poke several holes in the top of the cake with a wooden skewer. Drizzle Coconut Glaze into the holes. Finish glazing cake by taking a pastry brush and brushing on remaining glaze (as much or as little as you would like). When cake is completely cool, drizzle chocolate ganache over cake.
  7. COCONUT GLAZE:
  8. Place ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about a minute. Turn heat off but leave saucepan on burner. Glaze cake as instructed above.
  9. CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
  10. Place chocolate into a bowl.
  11. Place cream in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  12. Once cream has boiled pour over chocolate. Let sit for 3 minutes.
  13. Stir with whisk until smooth and glossy.
  14. When cake is completely cool, drizzle chocolate ganache over cake.

This amazing bread tastes JUST LIKE AN ALMOND JOY so if you like the flavors of coconut, almonds and chocolate you will love this recipe. It’s called a bread but has the texture of cake and the coconut syrup poured over the warm loaves creates the most divine glaze. I tried to drizzle the chocolate ganache with a little bit of artistic flair but that was a complete fizzle.  I put the warm ganache in a squeeze bottle I use for other decorating purposes and all the bottle could do was burp chocolate blobs on the tops of my beautiful loaves.  Next time I’m going to put almonds on the cake top and pour the ganache over it so it will not only taste like an almond joy but will look like one as well.  Live and learn.

 

Comments

  1. Foodiewife says

    Well, Cathy, you’ve probably noticed that I’m stalking your PInterest boards as well. I’m just as addicted as you are! I laughed when you admitted pilfering your kid’s Halloween bags. Um, been there, done that. I love anything coconut. Once I get home, I’ll pin this recipe. I think hubs and I would love this. Great photos!

  2. pattie says

    Oh. My. God! I’m not much of a candy person, but I happen to love Almond Joys. Cathy, this will be on my table within 2 days! Amazing! Thank you!
    xoxo

  3. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says

    I’ll take burped chocolate blobs, no problem at all!!! Looks great and I always liked Almond Joy bars too, actually, coconut seems to be a weakness-enjoy:@)

  4. Loy says

    This looks great. I am an Almond Joy fan also, and my son-in-law loves Coconut Bread. I’ll bet he would really like this. It is going in my Friday Finds for this week. Thank you and thank Peabody, too. By the way, I am a Northwest blogger. I live in central Washington.

  5. Rettabug says

    “a pathetic weakness for almond joy bars”…ME TOO!!! One of my most favorite ways to eat chocolate!

    I just ‘followed’ you on Pinterest. I can’t seem to get my button to work on my blog. :-( I need to figure that out. I’m having a blast with it & have only been on a few weeks.
    It is still in the “beta” or testing stage, so there are lots of hang-up & snags to be worked out. Sometimes things time out or don’t pin or you get an error page when you click on something.
    They must be getting more & more popular, as all their servers were busy this morning.

    I look forward to trying this recipe very, very soon. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Hugs,
    Rett
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  6. Becki's Whole Life says

    I love Almond Joy’s as well – actually I just had one yesterday:-). I love this coconut glaze, it sounds so different. I have signed up for Pinterest, but haven’t spent a lot of time there-mainly because I know I will be hooked once I start really looking around. This was a great find!
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  7. Pondside says

    Oh my goodness – I’m in a hotel and in my pj’s otherwise I’d be heading out to find an Almond Joy bar. Can’t wait to get home and try this!

  8. Kris says

    Oh my gosh, that looks heavenly! I dare not make it, or I will eat it down to the last crumb, and then lick the plate!!! I am just beginning to explore pinterest. It sort of scares me!!!

  9. renee says

    Oh your almond joy bread looks divine, Cathy. I tried to pin it and it’s not working, so I’ll be back and I’m off to check out your new foodie find. Thanks so much!

  10. Raina says

    Yum! Almond Joy candy bars are a favorite of mine too. Funny about the kid’s Halloween bags. Almond Joy’s are definitely one of the ones I sneak too:) This bread sounds incredible…I love the combination of coconut and chocolate.

    Thanks for the info on pinterest. I had been wondering what it was, but like you, I was sort of afraid to add another thing to keep me on the computer all day. I will definitely have to check it out.
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  11. Rita says

    NOw This looks so so gourmet good and I can’t wait to go find out what you are talking about. If it’s food blogs, I will busy for a while. I just have to go… Lvoe coming here; always fun.
    Rita

  12. velva says

    I have been avoiding Pinterest and I know I can’t for much longer.

    Your almond joy bread is out of this world. Makes me think of the old Almond Joy/Mounds commercial “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t….”

    What a wonderful way to enjoy this combination. I am printing the recipe.

    Velva
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  13. Pat says

    Glad to meet another Pinterest addict , Cathy I’m now following all your boards..lol!
    I’ve also made quite a few recipes form my “pins” –and saved so many more. It is really a fun way to bookmark favorites.
    This Almond Joy bread looks fantastic! I was always a “mounds” chocolate lover, but I never turned down an Almond Joy! :)
    Pat
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  14. Pat says

    Just found your blog via Foodie Friday and so happy I did! This looks delish ~ and I know the grands will love it.

    Pinterest is addictive…and I really have a difficult time leaving once I sign on. I’m a new follower and look forward to more of your creations. Stop by and say hi when you can!

    Pat
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  15. Pat says

    Hi,
    I stopped by from Foodie Friday and so happy I did! Having a lot of problems with Blogger this evening so I hope there aren’t a jillion posts from me. I’m a new follower and look forward to more of your recipes.

    Stop by and say hi when you can!
    Pat
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  16. Kathleen says

    It looks wonderful, Pat. I do like Almond Joy!

    I got a lot of emails from bloggers about my Pinterest post. They all said they have found their pics with no mention of the source. They were pretty upset. I guess there will always be those who don’t give credit where it is due.!
    I didn’t like that you have to have a Facebook acct to open it. I never did Facebook , don’t want to either! So I opened one, and Pinterest says it is an invalid email.
    So I am closing the Facebook down! And I will live without Pinterest.!
    Kathleen recently posted..Seasonal Foods and a Question???My Profile

  17. Aubri Arellano says

    This bread come out Fantastically! The one problem we encountered was due to our glaze not seeping into the bread that left it clumped unto the top. Over this is a very delicious bread that could be used in surrogate of a desert.

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