TWD: Fresh Mango Banana Bread

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Fresh Mango Bread, was chosen by Kelly of Baking with the Boys. If you would like the recipe you can find it on Kelly’s blog or on page 45 of Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.

This recipe called for 2 cups of mango and suggested one mango would cover that. Unfortunately, even after choosing the largest one, I was only able to get one cup from it. Dorie mentioned that this recipe came from a woman she knew that had mango trees growing in her yard, she must have had huge fruit! Instead of running to the store, I substituted 2 ripe bananas for the other cup of mango. I probably shouldn’t have because I’m sure the additional mango would have given a much different flavor, but all in all it worked out fine. I’m not a big fan of ginger, so I reduced the ginger by half a teaspoon and increased the cinnamon by the same amount. That worked out fine.
I also made a small pan of mini muffins from some of the batter and tossed in some dried strawberries I got from Oh! Nuts. I diced them up and stirred them in, worked out great. 

My loaf was only in the oven for 80 minutes, though the instructions said 90, and it still baked too long. There were some dark spots and it had that ever so slight burnt flavor. I watched the muffins more closely and they were a nice golden brown. 
This bread tastes quite good, though the stringy texture of the mango had family members freaking out thinking there was hair baked into the bread. LOL This is lovely with a slathering of butter with morning coffee :) 

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31 Responses to TWD: Fresh Mango Banana Bread

  1. 1
    Marthe says:

    Muffins are the way to go: the coworkers went crazy over this one: 20 muffins gone in about 5 minutes!!

  2. 2
    Cakelaw says:

    It looks terrific Amanda. It is such a moist cake that a little overbaking would not even have been noticed, I’m sure.

  3. 3
    Debbie says:

    It looks wonderful. I’d like to try that bread. I love recipes using mangoes but I always have such a hard time cutting them up..

  4. 4
    Clivia says:

    Looks good! I like the idea of adding bananas.

  5. 5
    Marie says:

    A lot of people made muffins. I, myself, did not like this breaD.I think it was a texture thing. Yours looks wonderful though!

  6. 6
    5 Star Foodie says:

    I love the idea of mango and banana bread. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Katrina says:

    See, now I would have loved the banana addition as I concluded that I’ll most likely never put mango in a bread again, and I’ll stick with my at least weekly banana bread/muffins! Yours looks awesome!

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    Teanna says:

    Hahahah I think it is funny to freak people out with the “hairs” haha! I LOVED this bread! I will make it a million times! Yours looks great and I love that you made the muffins with strawberries in it as well! Perfect for spring and summer!

  9. 9
    spike. says:

    love that people mistook mango for hair. At least it is some pretty tasty hair!

  10. 10
    uclala says:

    That close-up photo is amazing! I can see all the ingredients and the bread looks fantastic!

  11. 11
    Chris says:

    Lol – I also thought there was hair in my bread! Although, in our house, I blamed the cat (which is even worse!). Agree the baking time was a little long – I cut mine probably 15-20 minutes short. Overall, liked it a lot. Your bread looks great!

  12. 12
    chocolatechic says:

    Looks fabulous.

    I added chips to mine,


  13. 13
    pinkstripes says:

    Your loaf looks fantastic and I love the muffins. YUM.

  14. 14
    Erin Orr says:

    I used banana, too! I loved the flavor so much that I used it as the base for banana bread. I mashed my bananas (like I always have for banana bread), but they kind of got lost in the batter. Next time, I’ll kind of chunk the bananas, and I think it will be great.

  15. 15
    Melissa says:

    I have never made a banana bread recipe that I didn’t like, and I bet this one would be great!

  16. 16
    The Blonde Duck says:

    I love the combo with bananas!

  17. 17
    Tammy says:

    your photos are great. the banana would have worked well with the mango – kind of like a fruit salad loaf!

  18. 18
    Megan says:

    it sounds almost tropical. But it looks great! :)

  19. 19
    Jill says:

    Your multi-fruit bread looks great!

  20. 20
    Bunny says:

    Very nice looking Amanda, great sub putting the bananas in there!

  21. 21
    Megan says:

    Bananas and mango is an outstanding combination.

    Too bad about the overdone loaf – I hate it when that happens!

  22. 22
    Piggy says:

    You did the right thing by reducing the ginger, as I find that it’s too overpowering in mine. ;-)

    Your bread looks so moist and yummy! I’m now trying to visualise how mango and banana goes together!

  23. 23
    TeaLady says:

    this was a really good bread. Just right on the spices. Yeah, my mangos were small too. Good thing I had bought two.

    Yours looks delicious.

  24. 24
    farah says:

    I wish i had made muffins, my bread really overflowed but it did taste great.

  25. 25
    Leslie says:

    Great idea to use bananas in this one! I think your bread looks delicious, not over baked at all!

  26. 26
    Pamela says:

    Yum…your bread looks terrific. And strawberries sound wonderful!

  27. 27
    Kara says:

    Very nice. I think next time I make this, I”ll make muffins – and add more mango as well.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    i can relate to the mango strings. LOL.
    yours looks fabulous!
    i’m also eying your jambalaya :)

  29. 29
    The Food Librarian says:

    You got the best of both worlds! Bread and muffins!

  30. 30
    Culinary Cory says:

    90 minutes for a loaf of bread is way too long for me. I would totally opt for the muffins instead. I agree, the mango strings would make me think about hair in the bread. Good effort. Thanks for sharing your challenges.

  31. 31
    Engineer Baker says:

    I love all the additions you made! Beautiful loaf!

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