Fluffy tender Hawaiian Luau Bread from the shores of the Hawaii Islands!
Along with all the amazing fish, kahlua pork, and tropical fruit we ate, we also enjoyed some ridiculously addictive bread!
We discovered my all-time favorite at a little coffee shop south of Kona on the Island of Hawaii.
The Coffee Shack is literally a shanty hanging off the side of a mountain, overlooking the ocean. The views of lush tropical plants and endless water are a sight to behold.
We visit The Coffee Shack every time we go to the Big Island and are always amazed by the rich Kona coffee, their take on comfort food with a tropical twist, and the bread!
They make several varieties of homemade bread that are used in their breakfast and lunch menu. (They also serve some of the best desserts we found in the islands.)
Yet their Luau Bread is pure insanity. Soft moist slightly-sweet yeast bread with little chunks of coconut, pineapple, carrot, and macadamia nuts speckled throughout.
It’s the bread of your dreams. The kind of bread that can be used for french toast or sandwiches, yet needs nothing to perfect its flavor and texture.
Once we returned home, I knew Luau Bread was going on my recipe testing list. Well today, my version of Hawaiian Luau Bread is ready for release.
It’s soft and rich with just a touch of sweetness.
Similar to brioche, it has a decadent buttery flavor and pliable texture. Each piece has little bits of moist carrot, coconut, pineapple and macadamia nut to add tropical appeal.
Yet not so much that the dough is weighed down.
Our Hawaiian Luau Bread recipe is so tantalizing, it needs no butter or jam to improve its delicious slices.
However, if you choice to spread passion fruit preserves over the top, we won’t judge.
Hawaiian Luau Bread is the perfect comfort food to lift your spirits in the cold winter months.
Make a loaf today. Then close your eyes, take a bite, and experience paradise!
Hawaiian Luau Bread
- 3 cups sifted bread flour, divided
- 10 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, divided
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 10 ounce can pineapple tidbits
- 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
- 2 large eggs + 1 white
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped
Drain 1/2 cup pineapple juice from the can of pineapple tidbits. Place 1/4 cup flour, 8 tablespoon melted butter, pineapple juice, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer .
- Place the bread hook on the mixer and mix the ingredients for 10 seconds. Then sprinkle the dry active yeast over the top. Allow the mixture to for 10-15 minutes. It should look very foamy.
- Mix in 2 eggs, salt, and vanilla. Then with the mixer on low, slowly add in the remaining flour. Leave the mixer running for 6-8 minutes to knead the bread dough.
- Drizzle 1 tablespoon melted butter around the edges of the bowl so the dough doesn't stick, and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm place and allow the dough to rise until doubles in size. (Usually 90-120 minutes.)
- Meanwhile chop the pineapple tidbits into fine pieces and measure out 1/2 cup. Prepare 1/2 cup each of shredded carrot, shredded coconut, and finely chopped macadamia nuts.
- Once the dough has doubled in size, turn the mixer on low and mix in the pineapple, shredded carrot, shredded coconut, and macadamia nuts.
- Grease and flour two bread pans. Cut the dough into two equal pieces. Roll each piece into a log and place in the bread pans. Then use the last tablespoon of melted butter to brush the tops of the loaves, so they don't dry out.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cover the loaves with plastic and place in a warm place to rise. They need to double in size again to fill the pans and rise above the edge of the rim. (About 45-60 minutes.)
- Whisk the egg white with 1 tablespoon of water. Remove the plastic and gently brush the eggwash over the tops of the loaves. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
- Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then gently flip the loaves out onto a to cool the rest of the way. Once the bread is room temperature, wrap well in plastic until ready to serve.
NOTES: This is a heavy buttery dough so it doesn't rise as quickly are regular yeast dough; plus the chunks can make it even more difficult for the dough to rise. However, it must at least double in size, twice, to have a soft airy texture.
If your kitchen is cool or drafty, place the dough in a warming drawer to rise. Some ovens have a "proofing" function that keeps the oven at 100 degrees for dough. If you don't have either, you can set your oven to 180 degrees, keep the dough covered in plastic, and proof in the oven for 20-30 minutes. If you go much longer at this temperature the dough will start to dry out.