Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Coconut-Chocolate Bread

I love to make indulgent breakfast treats for the holidays but this year it's not likely that I'm going to have the time to be whipping up pain au chocolat or cream-filled doughnuts. What I can manage, however, is this coconut-chocolate bread. Served warm from the oven slathered with a good quality, salted butter, it's just as decadent as the aforementioned treats but it takes only about one-eighth of the time to make.

I found the recipe for this bread in Jim Lahey's book, My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method. While I still feed my starter religiously in hopes of getting back to making sour dough breads again one day, I often turn to Mr. Lahey's recipes because his breads are outstanding considering how little effort is required. His recipes are kind of like a baker's Life Hack. 

Nominal effort is big in my book lately. I am only barely managing the mountains of laundry and other sundry tasks that seem to take up an out sized portion of your day when living with a baby. (The baby books don't tell you that at 10 o'clock at night, even though you're bone tired and needed to be in bed over an hour ago, you'll still be up sterilizing pacifiers.) These days, I'm sure as heck not taking on complicated, multiple day baking projects. (Life has changed so much, I don't even know who that person is anymore. I want to go back in time and tell her to chill out and stop stressing over silly stuff. And to go take an uninterrupted nap while she still can.)

We have family visiting this weekend and I'm thinking about making another loaf of this bread so I'll have a homemade treat on hand to serve. They won't know that it took less time to mix up and bake this bread than it would to stop by a bakery to pick something up. They'll just marvel at the fact that I can manage to still make homemade baked goods and wrangle a baby. Or at least that's the desired response.

And let me tell you, they'd damn well better acknowledge my awesome SuperMom-ness. Yes, I know it's stupid to care what others think but honestly, that's just where I'm at. Give me another year and I'll probably be at the bakery, unshowered and in sweatpants, picking up day old pastry with no remorse. But for now, I still need to feel like I can manage it all. Even if I'm taking every short cut I can to get there.

(This Babble post from Cassandra Barry on unsolicited advice for grandparents is hilariously true. She captures so well the snotty indignation I feel when dealing with family, even while recognizing that I'm being ridiculous and childish.)

10 comments:

  1. Hats off to all moms who juggle life and a baby! The bread looks delicious and simple. My kind of recipe!

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  2. YUM. Definitely trying this at my first opportunity.

    So very true about help from the family.

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  3. Hey, whatever works for your schedule! I am sure they will not mind store bought stuff, they will be focused on Ruby! :)
    I am heading over to your link to read about grandparents :)

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  4. Amazing looking bread - I need to get my hands on that book. Have a fun weekend with the fam - they will indeed be blown away with your super mom abilities. And hopefully they do the dishes too :)

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  5. I am so getting Jim Lahey's book because the people of Rockville really need to see me in sweatpants just a little less than they do right now :). And PS - you have more time with #2 because you don't sterilize anything... you all the suddent believe in the power of mom spit (hmm... I think I actually started mom spit with Evan once the exhaustion set in - you ARE super mom).

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  6. You're doing amazing to be taking care of a baby and baking bread and everything else! This sounds delightful with slathering of good butter. I've still never tried Lahey's recipes, but I'd like to one of these days.

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  7. A year from now things will just get a little easier for you, Shelley. You may end up at the bakery a time or two, but you will still be you and you will still enjoy baking the homemade stuff albeit maybe not the complicated, lengthy time required baked goods and as Ruby gets older she'll be getting her hands in there with you. This bread looks scrumptious!

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  8. I've majorly been dropping the ball on blogging recently, but even though I haven't been posting much or making the rounds, I think of you often! And I am SO impressed with your Super Momness, even if it does mean you'll be in sweatpants at the bakery by next year ;) It's wonderful to see your process and to be reminded that I should savor some of the pre-child perks - especially the whole bit about not stressing over small things. I'll go ahead and try to master that now :D Glad you're doing well!!! Can't wait to see more pictures of little Ruby! She looks so very sweet!!!

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  10. You are super mom, whether anyone thinks so or not. Just take it easy & do what you can. No one is (or should be) judging you. Babies are hard work! When I had my first one I was literally his slave - Spending hours daily just sitting with him doing nothing. It was exhausting but also the best time I ever had. With successive kids, the juggling has been harder and they've never had that kind of one-on-one time with me. Now I'm wise enough to just slow down and try not to care what anyone thinks. Any time I can get in the kitchen and bake is pure bliss. But planning an intensive baking/blogging-about-it activity? Still playing it by the ear :(

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