Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate Review and My Best Coconut Pound Cake + GIVEAWAY!--Ends August 7, 2011

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For this review and giveaway, I thought it would be interesting to work with Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate.  Unlike the Virgin Coconut Oil that was sent to me prior for an earlier review and giveaway, this is different, being a food of certified concentrated organic whole coconut meat and not a cooking oil. 

You can use this product to make your own coconut milk by adding one or two teaspoons to a glass water.  Another great use is to flavor your coffee by stirring in one teaspoon as a non-dairy creamer.  Spread some Coconut Cream Concentrate on crackers or use it as a filling for a cookie and top with another to sandwich it in. 

Though those ways are also delicious, especially in coffee, I decided to experiment with some of this Coconut Cream Concentrate and the Virgin Coconut Oil (shortening-like consistency) to make my Best Coconut Pound Cake recipe. 

This recipe is for a fine-grained pound cake that you can make in a 10-inch tube-pan or in loaf pans.  I like to bake this cake in three small loaf pans so to avoid temptation.  This way I can freeze two loaves for later and resist eating too much at one time.  

I do hope that you will try this recipe because it is sinfully good plain without need of a glaze and keeps well!  

My Best Coconut Pound Cake

1/4 cup of margarine
1/2 cup of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil 
2 cups of sugar
3 eggs
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of buttermilk or sour milk
1 teaspoon of coconut extract or vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate

Cream margarine, virgin coconut oil, and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time.  Sift flour, salt, and soda into a separate mixing bowl.  Add slowly to creamed mixture alternating with buttermilk or the sour milk.  Add your coconut or vanilla extract last.  Pour into three well greased small loaf pans or one greased 10-inch tube pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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These cakes have a fine texture crumb and practically melt in your mouth.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.   I received a free product to facilitate this review.*

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