Lemon Coconut Pull-Apart Bread & Epica Stem Thermometer Review

lemon coconut pull apart breadYes, another bread recipe…I know my last post was bread as well, but I just can’t stop making it! It’s my favourite thing to bake (and eat…) and this is a really good one….the next few posts will be about different things…promise!

lemon coconut pull-apart breadI was sent an EPICA digital probe thermometer to try, and decided that bread would be the perfect thing to test it on, as it can be difficult to tell when bread is cooked. It is all very well doing the “tap it on the bottom and see if it sounds hollow” test on a plain loaf, but if you are baking something with a filling or that is intricately shaped, you can’t generally pick it up when it is hot without it falling apart, and if it is filled it won’t sound hollow anyway. Bread will also often look like it is perfectly cooked on the outside, before it is actually fully cooked in the middle. There is nothing more disappointing than serving up a beautiful loaf of bread only to discover that it is still raw in the middle…Therefore the best way to tell if it is actually cooked is to test it with a thermometer – it should measure 94°C/200°F in the centre.

coconut lemon pull apart breadThe Epica thermometer is very simple and straightforward to use, and can be switched between Celsius and Fahrenheit. The long, thin metal probe makes it easy to stick it right into the centre of whatever it is you need to measure, and I found it easy to insert it into the centre of the loaf without leaving any visible marks. It took about 8 seconds to give a temperature reading, which is relatively fast, and it seems to be perfectly accurate; it has a min/max setting – it will tell you the minimum and maximum temperatures recorded during a readout which would be especially handy for cooking meat. It also comes with a protective cover for the probe which clips into place easily, so you can put it in a drawer without worrying about stabbing yourself when you put your hand in there…

epica thermometerI checked the internal temperature of the bread after it had been baking for 35 minutes and looked done, (stick the thermometer into the middle of the loaf and wait for the temperature to stop climbing) it read 187°F – so not quite cooked (given that the thermometer came out with wet dough on it, definitely not cooked!), so I gave it another 10 minutes in the oven and checked again. This time the temperature registered as 200°F so I removed the bread from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before testing it, it was cooked perfectly – no raw dough but still soft, so clearly the readout was correct. I also tested it while making a batch of fudge and found it much easier and more accurate than the large, clunky, non-digital sugar thermometer I usually use. Overall I found it to be a very handy piece of kit, and it will certainly be getting a lot of use in my kitchen. It is available (for a very reasonable price) in the UK here, and in the US here.

lemon coconut pull-apart coffee cake breadOn to the bread itself. I fancied something fresh and summery (and had a lot of lemons…) so went for lemon and coconut pull apart bread (pull-apart bread is also one that I have had issues with getting the bake right in the past – so perfect for thermometer testing). There is coconut milk in the dough, which, along with the butter and egg, helps to make it wonderfully soft; and the filling is comprised of butter, sugar, grated lemon and orange zest and desiccated coconut. I topped it off with a zingy glaze made from icing sugar, lemon juice and coconut milk. The butter and sugar in the filling melt and make the bread go all crunchy and caramelised around the edges, and soft in the middle. It pulls apart into pieces easily, so is perfect for sharing (although once you start pulling pieces off it is very hard to stop…) and the smell while it is cooking is fantastic – fragrant lemon mixed with freshly baked bread and nutty coconut…Heavenly. Once I was done taking photographs, half of the loaf disappeared within seconds, it was that moreish…and although it is best eaten fresh, it was still soft and delicious the next day, warmed slightly in the microwave before serving.

lemon and coconut pull-apart bread loaf

Lemon Coconut Pull-Apart Bread

Servings 1 loaf
Author Domestic Gothess



  • 400 g (3 + 1/3 cups) strong white bread flour
  • 7 g (2 tsp) fast action yeast
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50 g (scant 1/4 cup) butter
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) coconut milk (or whole milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon


  • 40 g (3 tbsp) butter, melted
  • 125 g (2/3 cup) sugar
  • finely grated zest of 3 lemons and 1 orange
  • 60 g (packed 1/4 cup) desiccated coconut


  • 150 g (1 + 1/2 cups) icing (powdered) sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk or whole milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Place the flour in a large bowl, add the yeast to one side and the sugar and salt to the other. Melt the butter in a small pan, remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk. Add the butter mixture to the flour along with the eggs and lemon zest.
  2. Mix until it forms a rough dough, turn out on to an un-floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic (use a stand mixer if you have one), the dough will be sticky at first but will become smooth after a few minutes of kneading.
  3. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with greased clingfilm, either place in the fridge to rise overnight or in a warm place for an hour or so until doubled in size.
  4. If you let it rise in the fridge overnight, let it sit out at room temperature for half an hour to warm up before continuing.
  5. Line an approx. 22x11.5cm (9x4.5in) loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
  6. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into an approx. 30x50cm (12x20in) rectangle. Brush the melted butter all over the dough. Mix together the sugar, zest and coconut and scatter it evenly over the dough, press it down gently.
  7. Slice the dough into 5 even strips (roughly 10x30 cm) (a pizza cutter is the ideal tool), lay the strips on top of each other then slice in to 4 pieces.
  8. Stack the dough pieces upright in the tin and loosen them slightly. Cover, and leave to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes until puffy.
  9. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5.
  10. Bake for about 45 minutes until the temperature in the centre registers as 94C/200F, or a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tin on a wire rack.
  12. Meanwhile, make the glaze; sift the icing sugar into a small bowl and stir in the coconut milk and lemon juice. It should be pourable but not runny, add a little more lemon juice if it is too thick or a little more icing sugar if it is too thin.
  13. Turn the bread out onto a serving dish and pour over the glaze. Serve warm.

lemon coconut coffee cake bread

coconut lemon pull-apart bread loafDisclosure. This post is a review of a product I was sent for free. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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34 Comments on Lemon Coconut Pull-Apart Bread & Epica Stem Thermometer Review

  1. patisseriemakesperfect
    March 6, 2015 at 10:11 am (3 years ago)

    This looks delicious and I love anything with lemons in it! The pictures are amazing and food thermometers are so useful, I have a thermapen and it’s great.

  2. Girl and the Kitchen
    March 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm (3 years ago)

    This is lovely…beautifully photographed and explained! I was in the market for a new thermometer so I am glad I had a chance to read this!

  3. Amanda
    March 6, 2015 at 9:21 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great looking bread recipe!! That thermometer sounds like a great tool, thank you for sharing 😀

  4. carolinescookingblog
    March 6, 2015 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks so pretty and I can imagine is really tasty, I love lemon in almost anything. I haven’t made pull-apart bread but might have to give this a try. Thanks for bringing to Fiesta Friday!

  5. chefjulianna
    March 7, 2015 at 6:42 am (3 years ago)

    Oh yum! I just have to try this! There is nothing better than lemon and coconut together!!
    How sensational! 😀

  6. skd
    March 7, 2015 at 8:49 am (3 years ago)

    Beautiful flavors. I am loving it 🙂

  7. polianthus
    March 7, 2015 at 11:57 am (3 years ago)

    oh wow – if all your baking is like this no matter that it’s always bread, we love it!

  8. Jhuls
    March 8, 2015 at 8:20 am (3 years ago)

    Wow! Lemon and coconut sound good together. This looks really delicious, Hannah. 🙂

  9. The Culinary Jumble
    March 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, that looks amazing! Fabulous combination of flavours! On my to-do list!

  10. Jen
    March 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Just gorgeous! I’ve completely fallen out of the habit of baking bread and I’m really inspired to get started again now. Such a great flavour combination.

  11. North East Family Fun
    March 10, 2015 at 8:24 am (3 years ago)

    This looks absolutely stunning – bet it would be fab for over Easter! I usually have a fail-safe lemon drizzle cake recipe I use but think I am going to give this a go for a change x

  12. ebabeelikes
    March 10, 2015 at 8:26 am (3 years ago)

    This looks and sounds divine. Stunning photography too. Making me want to make a cup of tea and get baking now!

  13. Ginny Williams
    March 10, 2015 at 8:52 am (3 years ago)

    That looks absolutely gorgeous! I love bread…but it doesn’t love me so much. The photos are gorgeous too!

  14. isabellasewell1
    March 10, 2015 at 9:06 am (3 years ago)

    I love how moist the sponge looks – and that lovely drizzled icing! Serious urge to bake this right now – is it wrong to eat a cake before 9am?!

    • hannahhossack
      March 18, 2015 at 9:19 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you! There is never a wrong time to eat cake!

  15. Rachael A
    March 10, 2015 at 10:37 am (3 years ago)

    Wow how beautiful does this look! I love coconut and citrus so this is right up my street – can’t wait to give it a go!

    • hannahhossack
      March 18, 2015 at 9:19 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you!

  16. Sharon Erickson (@sharonme86)
    March 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow. This looks incredible! I would love if you shared this at Totally Terrific Tuesday. Hope to see you there.

    Her Organized Chaos

  17. petiteraisin
    March 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Lemon is my favourite! And I think I need this thermometer. Sounds super handy. Found ya via Tasty Tuesdays 🙂


    • hannahhossack
      March 18, 2015 at 9:20 am (3 years ago)

      It is sooo useful! I don’t know how I managed without a thermometer till now!

  18. Kathleen | HapaNom
    March 12, 2015 at 12:06 am (3 years ago)

    Looks delicious! I love the lemon and coconut combo.

  19. ciaraattwell
    March 13, 2015 at 10:27 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks incredible. Lemon and coconut together is amazing! Beautiful pics and styling as always. #tastytuesdays

    • hannahhossack
      March 18, 2015 at 9:24 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you! 🙂

  20. Honest Mum
    March 14, 2015 at 3:54 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks scrumptious! I love the combination of lemon and coconut! Yum!

    Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  21. Helen at Casa Costello
    March 17, 2015 at 4:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Perfect combination – lemon & coconut. Your end result looks marvellous! a belated thanks for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek x

  22. lucyparissi
    March 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm (3 years ago)

    This combines my favourite EVERYTHING. How I want a slice right now… Beautiful photography as always – have shared on my Facebook. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

    • hannahhossack
      March 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! 🙂 I think it was one of my favorite breads that I have made, truly delicious 🙂

  23. Fiver Feeds
    March 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks so good. Amazing pictures, amazing recipe 🙂

    • hannahhossack
      March 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂

  24. Stacey Guilliatt (@nobodysaidblog)
    April 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing, I want to lick my screen! :’D Love anything with lemon so I will definitely be making this! #tastytuesdays

  25. Maria D'Amico
    May 26, 2015 at 11:23 am (3 years ago)

    I don’t have much time for prep in the morning. What do you think about assembling it the day before and refrigerating it in the pan, then baking in the morning? Thank you for the recipe.

    • hannahhossack
      May 26, 2015 at 11:34 am (3 years ago)

      I think that should work fine, I haven’t tried it myself but see no reason why it shouldn’t work. I’d give it half an hour or so to come up to room temperature before you put it in the oven though. Let me know how it goes! 🙂


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