It’s not the sweltering heat, the afternoon thunderstorms, or the days in the pool that mark the beginning of summer in South Florida. For us, summertime hasn’t officially started until there’s been a fall. A fall of mangoes that is—mangoes so plump and ripe that they have no other choice but to succumb to the force of gravity and deliver themselves into our eager hands.

We’re lucky to have an aunt whose mango tree is having a particularly prolific year. Translation: we are picking up regular deliveries of 4-5 mangoes each week. While the best way to enjoy a fresh mango is to scrape the sweet flesh off with your bare teeth (graphic, but delicious), there comes a point in time when it is necessary to sacrifice a fresh mango to a more creative cause. Today, I tried my hand at mango bread, a staple in my aunt’s house. I couldn’t find her recipe, so I tweaked my all-time favorite banana bread recipe and ended up with a moist and fluffy loaf of mango bread flavored with lime zest, ginger, cinnamon, and rum.

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on fresh mangoes this summer, eat the first one in all its fresh and juicy glory. But after that, try this mango bread. It’s slice of summertime, fresh from the oven.

Mango Bread
½ cup oil
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
Zest of 1 lime
2 eggs
2 cups mango, small diced
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 ½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp dark rum
1 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan. In a large bowl mix oil, sugars, and lime zest until well combined. Add the eggs and mix well. Add the mango. Measure flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, and cinnamon into the bowl and stir it into the liquid ingredients until just combined. Add the vanilla, rum, and milk and stir to incorporate. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with small crumbs adhering to it. Allow to cool on a rack in the pan for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and allow bread to finish cooling on the rack.



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2 responses to “mangomania

  1. Just found your blog through Rick’s SFDB and was happy to find this yummy looking mango recipe. I’m a mango lover myself and will definitely be checking in to your blog regularly.

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