Monday, May 18, 2009

TWD: Mango Bread

Mango bread? Never heard of it! Apparently it's a Southern thang. After making mango bread for the first time this week, I think it's going to be a regular thing--sorry, thang--around my house from now on, because I totally dug it! Here are the main flavor components of mango bread:
Yes, the dreaded raisins strike again. Why anyone would want shriveled grape carcasses in their delicious spiced mango bread is beyond me, but never fear--I left them out and was all the happier for it.

I'm a big fan of most quick breads--banana bread and pumpkin bread are both high on my list of fast and easy desserts/snacks/breakfasts/etc. This bread was very similar in texture to banana bread, right down to the amazing crackly, sugary crisp top layer. I pretty much never eat the bottom half of these breads, but could devour the top half in one sitting. If anyone ever opens a Seinfeld-esque Top of the Muffin bakery, for reals, I would be their biggest customer.I was surprised at how subtle the mango flavor was in the final product, since there was a lot of mango added. But it seemed to blend in very nicely during the baking, and I thought the balance of ginger, lime, and mango flavors was perfect. My one quibble with the recipe would be the pan size, since I got the Mt. Vesuvious of bread eruptions in my oven from using an 8.5 x 4.5 pan. I really debated using the pan, since it seemed so small (oh hindsight, call me next time!) but decided to follow the recipe, like a sucker. Next time, my larger 9.5 pan for sure.
One last note, because I think I have some Eddie Izzard fans reading. He does one particular sketch where he's talking about making breakfast, and he sings about "freshly squeeeezed mango juuuuice!" and that phrase has been on a loop in my head every time I think about this bread, only it goes, "Freshly baaaaked mango breeeead!" And um, I don't really know how to finish this anecdote, because I guess it isn't really that funny out of context. The end.


  1. I love your scientific drawing of the components of the mango bread....great post.

  2. I LOVED this bread!!!! LOVED IT to no end! And yours looks great! So glad that you liked it too!!! The photo of it with the slices of ripe mangos... yum!!!

  3. Oooo, and I happen to have a mango on the counter.

    "Oh, really? With whoooo?"

    Eddie Izzard rocks.

  4. I will be trying this bread. I've been finding great mangoes at the market!

  5. Liz, quick question before I get to my comment: how do you really feel about raisins? Love your post and I especially enjoyed your diagram - I always find charts and graphs useful. Glad you enjoyed this - it looks perfect!

  6. LOL LOL In the same Cake or Death momentum: Truth or Dare... Raisins or Death??? LOL

    Love the diagram, and the end results, beautiful, as isual... Liz!

  7. Anonymous10:21 AM

    Your mango bread looks fantastic! I'm glad you liked it, even though you are a raisin hater. :P

  8. Your first picture....bwahahahahahaha!

    That is exactly where my raisins are...giggle.

  9. Love the power point photo! Too funny about the raisins. Nuts are awesome in this one.

  10. Anonymous1:42 PM

    Your diagram is soo funny! And your 'Freshly baaaaked mango breeeead' looks scrumptious!


    Lovin it. I would marry him in a heartbeat. If he would just stop dressing up like women, and stuff.

    And grape carcases are not for me, either.

  12. Liz, you crack me up. I'm a guilty Eddie Izzard fan. This bread looks fantastic. Man oh man, I love the idea of wonderfully delicious mangoes in a nice, spicy bread. (And I'm so glad you left out the raisins; they have no place in a bread like this :) )

  13. Great looking bread. Wait, did you just say "thang?" Twice?

  14. LOVE the diagram! I nixxed the raisins but added walnuts instead. We loved this one, too, too much!

  15. Love the "shriveled grape carcasses"! Too funny. I skipped the raisins too. What a delightful post and great looking bread!

  16. haha! very nice post, I've never seen a recipe done this way and cannot wait to give it a shot. Wonderful pictures, the bread looks so delicious :)

  17. Anonymous4:20 PM

    OK, I'm a huge raisin fan, but I still laughed at your picture!

  18. Toooo funny!!! Great Bread.

  19. Anonymous11:59 AM

    Grape carcass? I love it. I do love raisins but that cracked me up. Glad you liked the bread.

  20. Your mango bread loaf looks so perfect..

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