Tuesday, May 19, 2009

TWD - Fresh Mango Bread


It's Tuesday with Dorie, and this week, our host Kelly of Baking with the Boys is taking us on a tropical detour with Dorie's recipe for Fresh Mango Bread.

I am not sure whether the "fresh" in the recipe title refers to the fact that you are supposed to use fresh mangoes, or that the bread itself (really a cake or quickbread) is freshly made. If the former, then I unfortunately cannot oblige, as it is many months past mango season in the southern hemisphere. I relied on good old fashioned tinned mangoes, which may have been a good thing, because I didn't get any "hairy" mouth feel that some TWDers got with their fresh mangoes.

My cake is very orange, not because of the mangoes, because I used carotino oil (a mixture of red palm and canola oil).

I was worried about this cake, because the tin ended up being very full (despite my using the recommended size of tin), and it looked suspiciously like it was going to overflow, volcano like, over the sides of the tin during baking. Also, the batter itself was rather odd and thick - at least Dorie warned us about this. However, the end result surpassed my expectations - this cake won't win any beauty contests, but it tastes moist and spicy and delicious. Sure, my raisins sunk to the bottom - but who cares?

It also gave me a little kick to hear the people at work commenting about how much they liked it, not knowing that I had made it and that I was listening with interest to their critique. This made it kinda special for me.

To see how everyone else at TWD went with this "bread", you can check out the
TWD blogroll, and for the recipe, go to Kelly's site.

35 comments:

Maryann said...

It's so odd. You posted on the 19th and it's still the 18th here haha!

pinkstripes said...

I'm glad you liked it and it was a success at work. It was really really really delicious.

Tracey said...

So glad you enjoyed the bread! I thought it was delicious too. It was my first time to try mango and I'm a fan!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Maryann, I know - the time difference thing always gets me, because I have to wait a whole day to see what everyone else made!

Hi Wendy, I agree - this recipe was really really delicious.

Hi Tracey, glad you are a mango fan! I love them too - the season is just way too short.

Tammy said...

not being a raisin lover, I left them out. I enjoyed this, but didnt LOVE it :0)

Engineer Baker said...

I actually like how the raisins sunk :) But yes, looks aren't everything with this - I absolutely loved the subtle spiciness.

Amanda said...

Yours looks great! I read somewhere that my hairy mangos were like that because they were over ripe. They were definitely that LOL but the bread was still wonderful!

Pamela said...

Though I didn't get the "hairy" mouth feel you are speaking of, I did notice a bit of hairy-ness from the mangoes in the bread. Interesting. It was good, though. Yours looks great and I'm glad your co-workers enjoyed it.

burpandslurp said...

looks amazing! I bet it smells awesome, too! I do love mango...in all forms!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That looks delicious! And yes when I first saw the title I wondered how you got hold of some good mangoes :)The sugar sounds interesting and it's good that it added such a mango-ey shade!

Elyse said...

I'm so glad that the mango bread turned out well for you!! Great job. It's always a happy occasion when a dessert that looks as if it might overflow not only bakes up nicely but also tastes delicious!

mike said...

Looks fantastic! I'm fascinated by the oils you used AND the wonderful color! How interesting.... I'm glad you enjoyed it (and those at work)! Great job!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Tammy, it was very good - not on my love list either, but I would make it again.

Thanks Caitlin - glad you enjoyed it.

LOL Amanda - glad it was good regardless.

Hi Pamela - glad you enjoyed it and yours wasn't too "hairy".

Thanks burpandslurp - while it was baking, it did smell amazing with all of thise spices.

LOL Lorraine - I know, I would love a fresh mango right now!

Thanks Elyse - I think when your low expectations are exceeded, it makes it all the more exciting.

Thanks Mike - I figured the reddish orange of the oil was fitting with the mango colour scheme.

Clivia said...

Cakelaw, yours looks so good! I also like the idea of canned mangoes. I'll try that next time.

Lynnylu said...

Sorry I missed this one-too much family things at the moment, but yours looks really great. I was going to use tinned mangoes, too.

Maria said...

The bread looks wonderful!

Teanna said...

I love hearing feedback about my food when people don't know that I've made it (but only when it is nice!) hahaha!!!! The mango bread looks GREAT and I LOVED this one as well! Great job!

Mary said...

This bread looks great , i love mango!

Banjo said...

Ewww Hairy taste?? EEK, glad that didn't happen to me.. he he

Mine was great, and yours looks fab!

Jeena said...

Looks like it turned out great to me I love the colour. :-)

Madam Chow said...

I'm so glad that this worked out for you, and that your coworkers liked it, too. We loved it, and I don't think I would have tried this recipe on my own.

Chris said...

Love the color! Nice shade of mango! Mine also overflowed a bit (and hit the rack above - making lovely little indentations). Glad to hear everyone liked it!

chocolatechic said...

Red palm oil...I have never heard of such a thing.

Yours looks great.

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks very tropical!

A_and_N said...

i was going to ask you if you used mango puree but you already answered that :) I like the orange color. Makes it look richer.

MacDuff said...

I'm so jealous that you bread worked out...mine fell down like an epileptic fit in a disco.

Kim said...

Looks great and I love the color. Glad the work colleagues enjoyed it.

Cathy said...

It looks delicious! I am so glad that you loved it - I love the orange color. So fun that it was a big hit at work, too -- I think you should reveal your identity as the secret mango bread baker!

uclala said...

Your bread turned out great! Your co-workers are lucky you shared with them! My raisins sunk to the bottom too - it looks like your raisins are smiling!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Clvia. The tinned mangoes take all the hard work out of it :)

Hi Lynnylu, another time perhaps - it is delicious.

Thanks Maria.

Hi Teanna, I am with you on that :)

Thanks Mary. Mango is delicious.

LOL Banjo - and thanks.

Hi Jeena, thanks.

Hi Madam Chow, ditto - and I am so glad that I have made it now.

Thanks Chris - I figure these things give our goods their own unique character , and make them so much better than packet supermarket jobs.

Hi Tanya, it was an impulse buy at the supermarket and the only type of oil I had - but it looks kinda funky!

Hi Duckie, we have the tropical rain without the tropical warmth at the moment ...

Hi A&N, that's what I figure too.

That's a vivid description MacDuff - hope it tasted good anyway, 'cause that's the most important.


Thanks Kim :)

LOL Cathy - I kinda like being the maked baker.

Hi Uclala - perhaps they are smiling :)

Mermaid Sweets said...

I love hearing feedback when people don't know it is me, unbiased and honest. It looks great, glad you liked it.

TeaLady said...

It was delicious. A great basic loaf. Yours looks wonderful.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Lorelei, it's great - honest assessments are very enlightening.

Hi Tealady, agreed, it was delicious.

The Purple Foodie said...

With your description of the mango bread, I ought to give this another shot. I used fresh mangoes when I made it a few weeks ago, but I wasn't entirely happy with it.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Purple Foodie, hope it all goes well and that you change your mind about the mango bread.