Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Fresh Mango Bread; Tuesdays With Dorie



I learned how to get the flesh out of a mango. This may be a rudimentary skill, but I am going to go ahead and give a tutorial, in case there are any other people (like me) nearing 40 years of age who don't know how to do this! I made this week's Tuesdays With Dorie selection, Fresh Mango Bread, twice. The first time, I had some trouble with my mangoes. I guess I haven't really worked with them before. I have seen images similar to this many many times while surfing the food porn.



I never actually read about what that image was. I just assumed it was half a mango, and that you could slice a mango down the middle, score it like that, and pop the fruit out. I learned that if you try to cut a mango down the middle, you run into a giant pit, about as big as the mango, and then the flesh gets all stuck to the pit and the skin in really strong strings, and if you try to pull it apart that way, you ends up with globs and strings and tears and not much mango to put in your bread.

After reading the instructions, I learned that you need to cut the cheeks off the mango.



Then you can score the cheeks like so:



Then you can pop it inside out and cut the flesh off into neat little chunks:



Then you can trim what you can off the giant pit:



Then you can make your mango bread. I used a little extra mango and omitted the raisins this second time around. I also used the zest from a whole lemon and a whole lime.



Kelly, from Baking With The Boys, chose this recipe. Over on her blog, she also includes a version to make it lighter. Lighter in calories and fat, that is.



When baked, this bread turns a lovely dark brown. It is spicy and chewy, and bejeweled with mangoes. I thought this was beautiful and delicious!

14 comments:

Jennifer said...

It was a great idea to add the extra zest. I really couldn't taste the lime zest in mine and I love the combo of lime and mango.
Your bread looks (and tasted, at book club) delicious!

spike. said...

Where was your tutorial when I was trying to cut mangos two nights ago??? Next time I'll be cutting some perfect little squares like you!

pinkstripes said...

Your mango bread looks fantastic. I love your step by step pics.

Jules Someone said...

The bread looks lovely. I cut mine in a slightly different way, but it took me a while to figure it out. Nice job!

Pamela said...

Great pictures on your wonderful post! I was going to add extra lime, but I chickened out. It would've been great. Nice job!

i do not know me said...

What caught my attention in this post: globs, strings, cheeks, "pop it inside".

Why does it look like a ball of hamburger that your lemon and lime zest are sitting on?

Secret Server said...

IDNKM, gross. And gross. Well, I am not the best photographer and do not have a great camera or lighting, so that could be part of it. However, the recipe does say the batter will be very thick, more like dough. It really didn't look like hamburger in real life!

i do not know me said...

Sorry, that's just where my mind is tonight.

Megan said...

You know, I actually went to mango.org and watched the video on how to properly cut a mango.

But then of course I ate all the mango and didn't make the bread!

chocolatechic said...

Noooowwwww someone shows me how to do it.

I ended up with a big juicy mess in my hands.

Leslie said...

Yours does look beautiful, and I'm glad it was delicious. I used the zest of the whole lime for half of the recipe, and I think it really boosted the mango flavor.

lasinthekitchen said...

Thanks for the visual tutorial on how to cut a mango! You make it look so simple to do! Your bread looks great and I really like how you added zest from a whole lemon and lime!

Juliana said...

Wow, the mango bread looks great, moist...nice pictures.

TeaLady said...

Looks and sounds really tasty. I loved this basic loaf. Want to make again with other fruits.

Great job.