Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Post #125: Alive and Baking TWD Fresh Mango Bread

From mango bread



I just told my hubby that I was excited to write on my blog again.  He asked me why. I replied, "It is like seeing an old friend again".

I can not believe how tired I can get nowadays and how easy it is for me to defer things on my infamous "TO DO" list for another day, sometimes week.  Still, I am no closer to what could be ailing me other than the typical answers of postpartum hormonal changes and stress. What is a girl to do? Take a nap and bake? Why not?

So, that is what I did. Bake, that is.

 First, I knew I wanted to make this recipe after one of our fellow TWD'ers and my good friend, Dragana, made it and let my family have her awesome dried mangoes-muffin version of this recipe. It was so good, gingery, and moist. I just had to make this recipe, especially since my hubby and kids melted over it.

Of course, I did feel like a fish out of water. For some reason the rhythm was not there.  I hovered over the oven, worried that my monster of an oven would overly brown my bread, as it tends to do. Took it out of the oven too early (even though the knife came out clean). Realized that it was not done when I began slicing and saw the middle slices were still gooey. Yikes! I threw them and the remaining loaf back into the oven. Well, it baked a little better. 


Here is a photo (taken by my hubby) of what I salvaged that looked presentable.


From mango bread



Even though the rest of my slices were not as pristine, they are delicious and edible. This is a great bread recipe! I love it. It is fresh, peppy, and great with tea or coffee! Then again, I love bread. I drizzled honey on mine as soon as it came out of the oven. I also added 1/4 cup of almonds to the batter.  I look forward to making several of Dorie's bread recipes this week (something I have chosen to do for practice).  One is her Oatmeal Breakfast Bread. Another is her Brioche loaf.  I would also like to try this recipe again, but use cantaloupe, instead of mango.  I might even have someone one who actually has upper body strength mix the batter for me (she laughs, but is so serious).

Thanks Kelly of Baking with the Boys for choosing this nice Summer and Southern recipe!

Be sure to see what the other bread bakers created this week at the TWD site.  They are always so creative.

Next up: Chipster-Topped Brownies. 

P.S. I can hardy wait to catch up with you all. I will be visiting your blogs soon.

26 comments:

pinkstripes said...

I hope you feel better soon. Your mango loaf looks wonderful.

Cheryl said...

Hey you are back, I am so glad. I hope they get to the bottom of what ails you soon! the Bread looks yummy!

Linda said...

Feel better! Missed seeing you. I think this bread looks really nice and is something different.

Christina Kim said...

It's "peppy"!! I love it. Looks great :)

Jill said...

The slices in the photo look great. Take care of yourself!

Jules Someone said...

Hope you're up and around soon. The knife test never works for me. It's like all the goo gets cleaned off by the top crust and I can't tell that it's underdone. Ah well.

uclala said...

Hope you're feeling better soon! Your mango bread looks tasty! I had a hard time mixing the dough too - especially with a rubber spatula!

Donna-FFW said...

I think you mango bread looks just fine!! And I can not wait to see your chipster topped brownies!

Leslie said...

We missed you!

I'm glad you made this one, and that it worked out for you in the end. Adding almonds is a great idea!

5 Star Foodie said...

The mango bread looks great! I hope you are feeling better. So glad to see you back!

Pamela said...

Mmmmm...honey on the bread sounds divine.

The Blonde Duck said...

Saw on Cathy's blog you were a fellow Texan and had to say hi!

Cathy said...

Sorry you haven't been feeling well! We've missed you - hope that you are feeling back to your normal self soon. I am so glad you enjoyed this bread! We loved it too. Yours looks fantastic!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Sorry you haven't been feeling great, missed you - but you should take all the rest you need. I think the bread looks great.

The Food Librarian said...

Oh! This looks great! Love the addition of the nuts too. Sounds like a great idea!

Sara said...

Welcome back! This looks great, I've had my eye on the recipe for a while. I also love the chipster brownies, although they're definitely more brownie than cookie.

Barbara Bakes said...

Love the pretty picture with the yummy bread and the flower!

Carol Peterman said...

Nice job. I have tossed things back in the oven after slicing them too. Cantaloupe would be an interesting variation on this.

Peggy said...

Your photo is great and I'm sure the mango bread fantastic. I'm still working on your give away present. I hope you feel better. Have a great week!

Cakelaw said...

Hope you are back on track soon, and wlecome back to blogging. Your cake looks delicious, especially with the scattered almonds on top.

Life with Kaishon said...

Welcome back! I missed you! I am going to keep praying.

Julie said...

Glad to see you back. Your bread looks great. My oven tends to over brown things too...it's hard to catch stuff at just the right time.

Erin said...

Hope you feel better soon! The bread looks wonderful.

Debbie said...

That looks incredible. I've never even heard of mango bread.

TeaLady said...

Glad to 'see' you back. And a great job on the bread. It IS a great basic recipe I plan to try with other fruits. But with mango - yummy!! Bread looks good.

AmyRuth said...

Ya know, hope you get some answers soon. Then you can take care of business. I look forward to hearing about any other breads you like. That's cool.
Great job of perseverance on the Mango Bread.
AmyRuth