Aug 24, 2010

Mango Quick Bread

Mango quick bread fresh out of the oven!

A few weeks ago, I shared my new favorite summer fruit: Mango! Today it’s making another appearance in a delicious breakfast bread! When I saw the recipe on joy the baker, my first reaction was “did someone say mango?” My second reaction was trying to figure out exactly what mango bread would really taste like. I’m on a mango craze at the moment but mango and lime even made me take a second to rethink this. However, it was ONLY a second! I quickly brushed all hesitation aside and it was an excellent baking decision! Joy the baker surely knows what she’s talking about and my taste buds thank her! It’s an unexpected morning bread but it’s a wonderful escape from the typical blueberry muffins or banana nut bread. Try it and you’ll see what I mean!

Here’s everything you’ll need for this delightful morning (or lunch or dessert) treat! Don’t let the long list frighten you! It looks deceiving but I promise it’s not hard at all!


(Adapted from Joy the Baker. Makes 1 loaf of bread.)

  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all purpose white flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • zest of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 large mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/2-3/4 cup raisins

Despite the long list of ingredients you can put this bread together just like any other quick bread that I’ve shared. The concept is the same, combine dry ingredients in one bowl, combine wet ingredients in another, mix it all together and your quick bread is ready for the oven!

Start with the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ginger powder, cinnamon, and salt. Use a wooden spoon to mix it all together and then set aside for a moment.

All the dry ingredients combined.

In a smaller bowl, combine your wet ingredients: eggs, canola oil and lime zest. Make sure to completely mix the eggs and canola oil so that when you pour this into the dry ingredients everything comes together more easily.

Wet ingredients: egg, canola oil and lime zest.

The next part is what I considered to be the most labor intensive: the peeling and chopping of the mango! I don’t know why I struggle so much with this task, especially since it is the sole reason that I was making the bread! But the end results are worth any struggle with the mango that I may encounter!

Peeled and chopped mango.

The last thing to prepare is the apple. Go ahead and peel the skin off your apple and then I used a large cheese grater to grate the apple. Watch your fingers: the apple gets quite slippery!

Once you have all the fruits ready, go ahead and first pour in your wet ingredients to the dry ones. Give everything a good stir until everything is completely combined. You can then fold in the mango, apple and raisins. Your quick bread is now quickly complete!

Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a large loaf pan. It was recommended that the loaf pan sit on an insulated baking sheet but I just used one of my thicker ones. This keeps the bottom of the bread from cooking super fast and drying out before the rest of the bread is done. As you can notice, the dough for this bread is pretty thick and is going to need to spend some quality time in the oven to cook completely through! When you’re ready, pour your quick bread dough into your greased bread loaf pan and pop it in the oven for about 1 1/2 hours. I started checking mine after about an hour just to see how things were coming along.

Mango bread dough ready for the oven!

When your bread is done it’ll become golden brown on top and start to crack just the slightest bit on the top. The best way to check though is with the toothpick. If your toothpick comes out from the center with some dough on it, that’s a clear sign that your bread needs a bit more time!

Mango quick bread right out of the oven!

When your bread is baking in the oven, your kitchen is filled with all the wonderful spices incorporated in the recipe! YUM! I’ve shared my love for breakfast with y’all before, and it’s so very important to me that I’m greeted each morning with something delicious! There is no better way to start your day than with good healthy food. Not the healthy food with no real taste, but the healthy food that is so good you almost question if what you’re eating really is that good for you! This bread was such a treat and really was a fantastic surprise! My mango craving was fixed and it is something that I will definitely be making again! I think you could also do mini tea loaves and share it with friends! Introduce them to the unexpected combo of flavors and I’m sure they’ll come running back to you for the recipe! For now, that’s mango quick bread…in the shell of a nut!

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