When I got this month’s Cookbook of the Month home from the library and started looking through it, I decided that I’d do a recipe from each chapter, since there are 4 chapters. Well, this chapter was so hard to choose from! There were seriously so many recipes in this chapter that sounded so good. Which may have you asking why I went with such a simple recipe. Well, in the heading of this recipe, it says that mango bread is to Hawaiians what banana bread is to a lot of us. And I started imaging how nice it would be to have a bunch of ripe mangoes laying around all the time…
I was so excited to try this recipe, until I started making it. As I cut into my mango, I realized it wasn’t very ripe. In fact, it was barely even sweet at all. And I only bought one mango, and the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of mango chunks, and I wasn’t sure the 1 mango would do it. But I persevered. I added a little bit of extra sugar to make up for the mangoes not being very sweet, and I was just short the 1 1/2 cups, but I figured it should still work out. And it did!! And as much as I liked this bread, I can only imagine how good it would be with a nice, juicy, ripe mango.
This recipe is a little heavy on the spices. I like nutmeg and cloves, but the nutmeg and cloves in this are quite strong. I would probably cut back a bit next time, but that’s all I would change!
from The Food of Paradise
makes 1 loaf
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups ripe half-inch mango cubes
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and spices in a large bowl. Stir in egg, oil and milk. Fold in the mango cubes. Pour the batter into the pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. (You might have to put a piece of foil over the top if the bread is getting too dark before it is done cooking through.) Cool for a few minutes, remove from the pan, and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.