Coconut and Orange Christmas Plait Recipe

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 Updated 03/07/2015

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This bread is flavoured with coconut and orange and makes a nice morning snack with coffee or a glass of sherry!


  • 4 cups strong white flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  • 2 teaspoons dried yeast
  • 7 fluid oz coconut cream
  • 2 fluid oz grand Marnier
  • 1 orange, finely grated rind and juice
  • 1 beaten egg
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Put the flour, sugar, salt, orange rind and coconut into a warm bowl.
  2. Mix the yeast with a little of the coconut cream, add to the dry ingredients and make into a soft dough.
  3. Add the remaining coconut cream, grand Marnier, orange juice and egg.
  4. Knead on a floured board for 10 minutes or until smooth.
  5. Shape into 3 long strands, plait, and then join the 2 ends of the plait to make a circle.
  6. Place onto a greased baking tray and leave to prove until double in size.
  7. Cook in a preheated oven 190oC/375oF/gas mark 5 for 30 minutes.
  8. When cool decorate the top with glace icing and orange strands.

Prep Time: 180 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 portions


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