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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mango bread (American)

Another kind of sweet loaf cake from the American kitchens, made with a basic fruit (this time, mango) and nuts, just like the banana bread you probably already know. Personally, I think I like this one a bit better - it tastes a bit more spicy-tropical, with mango puree and mango chunks and coconut flakes and walnuts scattered throughout the batter. What makes me love the mango flavor even more (I'm talking about real mango, not the fake stuff you can buy in juice bottles) is its subtle pine-like flavor. If you focus a little, it even smells a bit like a Christmas tree. Yum :)
As to the bread, I also liked how well it lasted at room temperature - after 3 days, it was still moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside and it still made the loveliest breakfast. You can have it either by itself, or in a Nutted cream cheese sandwich :). Anyway, enjoy.
Recipe source: Saveur

Last year: Owsianka (Belarusian/Polish/Russian/Ukranian oatmeal breakfast).
Two years ago: Sangria (Spanish) (vegan).
Three years ago: Cajeta (Goat milk caramel) (Mexican).
Four years ago: Straciatella cream pie (Italian).

Ingredients (for one small loaf):
  • 80 ml vegetable oil (plus more for greasing)
  • 187 g flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 225 g sugar
  • 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk
  • 125 ml mango puree (I used a baby food jar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large very ripe mango
  • 75 g walnuts, lightly chopped or broken into smaller pieces
  • 50 g coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line a small loaf tin with baking paper and grease it with a little oil. Dust with some flour.
Mix the flour with the baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Prepare the mango, the mango puree, the walnuts and the coconut.

Peel the mango and cut its flesh into chunks. Beat the eggs and egg yolk with the oil and the sugar. Also add the mango puree. Incorporate the flour gradually into this wet mix until you obtain an even batter. Add the nuts, mango chunks and coconut flakes.

Mix well. Pour the mass into the prepared tin.

Put it in the oven and let it bake for 1 hour - 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted inside comes out clean. Take out and allow to cool.

Slice it and it's done. Dig in! :)

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