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Pineapple-Coconut-Almond Bread

0. F. "Doc" Maskil, Westmoreland, Kansas

Ingredients for 1-pound loaf
2 ½ cups, divided Bread flour*
1 tablespoon Dry milk
2 tablespoons Instant vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon Salt
1 tablespoon Butter
1 ½ tablespoons Brown sugar
1 cup Carrots shredded
1 tablespoon Orange peel
1 can (8 ounces) Pineapple, crushed, unsweetened**
½ cup Coconut, shredded
½ cup Almonds, slivered
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Fruit-Fresh***
½ cup Pineapple juice, reserved
1 ½ teaspoons Active dry yeast

Accurately measure all ingredients. For flour, first stir it, then spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off. Reserve ¼ flour.

Drain the pineapple well and reserve the juice for the liquid.

Add ingredients to pan in the order suggested in the instructional manual. Recommended cycle: BASIC/WHITE bread cycle; light setting.

It is all right to open the machine and touch the dough to check its consistency. Do this after about 5 minutes into the KNEAD cycle. The dough should form a soft ball around the kneading blade. If it is too dry, add pineapple juice ½ to 1 tablespoon at a time; if it is too wet, add 1 tablespoon of the reserved ¼ cup of flour at a time. Makes one 1-pound loaf.

Nutrient Analysis. One 1-ounce serving provides 77 calories, 2 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 mg cholesterol, 1 g dietary fiber, 21 mg calcium, 95 mg potassium, and 172 mg sodium.

Examples of high-protein bread flours are Hudson Cream, Gold Medal Better for Bread Flour, Wall-Rogalsky (W-R) Bread Flour.

**One 8-ounce can of drained crushed pineapple is equal to about ½ cup of fruit. It may be necessary to add water to the pineapple juice to achieve ½ cup of liquid. Mr. Maskil suggests that if the machine does not have a pre-warming feature, heat the pineapple and juice to 105°F before adding it to the bread pan.

***Fruit-Fresh is ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, which acts as a dough conditioner. Ascorbic acid is also present in the pineapple juice, so if you don't have Fruit-Fresh on hand, you may want to try this recipe without it, before making a special purchase.

For this recipe, the dough needs to be checked during the kneading cycle. It may be necessary to add some of the reserved ¼ cup of flour.

Add almonds at the audible signal of the fruit and nut cycle or 5 minutes before second kneading stops.

For lighter crust color, remove the bread 3 to 4 minutes before the baking cycle is completed.

Mr. Maskil also suggests that if your bread machine has a short basic cycle (2 hours, 15 minutes), turn off the machine when the first kneading is complete and restart it in order to give additional kneading time.