Recipe: Coconut Bimini Bread

Coconut Bimini Bread, fresh from the oven

Makes 2 small loaves or 1 large “Pullman” style loaf

Coconut Bimini Bread is easy with the help of a bread machine or standing mixer fitted with dough blade. Sweet and doughy, try serving leftover slices in French Toast or Bread Pudding!


2 1/4 tsp instant dry yeast
4 1/2 cups unbleached flour (plus extra , if the dough comes out too wet)
1 tsp salt
1/4 c nonfat dry milk powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup coconut milk (if you warm this slightly it will help the dough rise quicker)
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs


1. In the mixing bowl of bread machine add all ingredients in order given. Set on dough cycle (just mixing and rising). The dough cycle usually lasts about 1 1/2 hours.

Dough after rising for 1 1/2 hours

2. When dough cycle is complete, or dough is approximately doubled in size, remove dough and place in oiled baking pans. I used a Pullman pan, which is quite large (see photo). You can also use two bread pans.

Dough in an oiled Pullman pan

3. Preheat oven to 350F. Let dough rise in baking pans for 30 minutes.

4. Slash the top with a sharp knife and then bake for 35 minutes or until browned on top and cooked through.

Coconut Bimini Bread, ready to slice

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  1. I just tried this recipe. It is kind of addictive. Love the crumb.


  2. Do you mean rapid rise/instant/bread machine yeast? Regular active yeast may not work well in this as it never soaks in liquid to dissolve off the dead yeast cells which coat the live yeast cells.

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Thanks for your question – I use instant dry yeast in all my recipes. I’m sorry for the typo – I’ve fixed it now. Good luck – let me know if you make the bread :)

      • I will definitely be making the bread. My family was in the Bahamas this past summer, and we wanted to try the bread, but no one had it. I guess it was the wrong season. I was super excited to find this recipe. I will let you know how it turns out.

  3. I’ll definatlley be making this tonight. looks amazing

  4. I have a terrible time making bread, mostly because I don’t own any sort of appliance (save for an oven) that helps in the process.

    Would you recommend a newbie bread baker tackling this without a bread machine? I’d really like to make this for my family for Christmas!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Yes, do it! Mix it in a large bowl. Don’t be afraid to get your hands in there – it’s the best tool you have…. Let it rise as usual, then bake away.. The only advantage of the bread machine is that it has a warm cycle. Just keep the bowl covered in a draft free place and you’ll be fine. In fact, I’ve since gotten rid of my bread machine and only use my standing mixer for this sort of thing. Good luck :)

  5. Michael says:

    I had Bimini bread for the first time several years ago, on the island of Bimini- It was amazing and makes the best french toast ever! I’m going tomtry this recipe, but I was wondering if youre using sweetened coconut milk, or unswetened?

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