Demerara sugar and unsweetened coconut flakes are two nontraditional ingredients in this banana bread, a seasonal favorite. You can serve this bread toasted for breakfast, or warmed over with a scoop of ice cream for a post-dinner sweet.
I have one word for you: demerara. This bread is lovely in its own right, but it owes a good deal of its charm to this very special sugar. Demerara
has large, golden grains that sparkle in the light, and sprinkled on
top of this banana-moistened batter, it yields a crisp, sweetly craggy
crust that steals the show - and that stays crunchy on the second day,
even! You can buy demerara sugar online from any number of sources, or
look for it in your local gourmet store. I found mine at an upscale
market nearby, and I think Whole Foods also carries it. Either way, buy it. If you're anything like me, you'll want to sprinkle it all over the place.