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Lemon Coconut Pull Apart Bread

This lemon coconut bread is a pull apart dream! It's perfect for brunch or dessert with the perfect amount of fluffiness.
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  • 2 3/4 cups Baker’s Corner All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baker’s Corner Sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Baker’s Corner Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/3 cup milk (whole or 2% works)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup Baker’s Corner Shredded Coconut
  • 2 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest


  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Baker’s Corner Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Baker’s Corner Shredded Coconut
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest


  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, stir together 2 cups of the flour, sugar and yeast.
  • Place the milk and butter in a small saucepan and heat over low heat just until the butter melts.
  • Remove from the stovetop and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes, then stir in the water and vanilla and lemon extracts.
  • With the dough hook attached to your mixer, stir in the milk and butter mixture until combined.
  • Add the salt and the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the lemon zest and coconut. The dough will be very sticky! Add the remaining 3/4 cup flour gradually, beating for another 2 to 3 minutes until the dough comes together again. It should still be sticky. Place it in a well-oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • After one hour, punch the dough down and turn it out on a floured surface. Roll it into a large rectangle, about 12×20 inches if possible.
  • Add the filling: brush the dough with the melted butter, cover with the sugar, coconut and lemon zest. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 5 strips from top to bottom – lengthwise. Stack the 5 strips together, then cut them into 6 sets of squares.
  • Brush a 9×5 loaf pan liberally with melted butter. Place the dough, cut side down, into the loaf pan, pressing it together. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place again for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the pan in the oven and bake the bread for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and set. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes, then gently turn the bread out onto a flat surface. Let cool slightly and then carefully turn the pan over to remove the bread. Serve!

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