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Big Black Dog: TWD -- Fresh Mango Bread

May 19, 2009

TWD -- Fresh Mango Bread


This week for Tuesdays with Dorie our Hostess, Kelly of Baking with the Boys, picked Fresh Mango Bread. Although I am not a fan of mango, my husband loves them! So I was happy to make the Fresh Mango Bread.

The recipe called for 1 mango and to add an extra level of flavor to the bread I sliced up the mango and sauteed it in butter just until it turned a golden brown. The mango should have yielded 2 cups after dicing. But even though I bought a good sized mango after dicing I barely had a cup of fruit. Unfortunately, this week is not a big fruit week at my house and all I had in stock were 3 purple plums. So I diced up the fresh plums as a substitute for the missing 1 cup of mango. In place of the raisins I used diced prunes.



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At about 3 pm the temperature started dropping but it was the same time I popped the Mango Bread in the oven so the cold front was perfect timing. The bread smelled wonderful while baking. But after tasting I do wish I had added a bit more cinnamon and little less ginger.

If you'd like the recipe for Dorie's Fresh Mango Bread you can either buy, "Baking from my Home to Yours" by Dorie Greenspan or visit our hostess Kelly of Baking with the Boys and she will have the recipe posted on her site.


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I'm starting a new feature on my blog, Gadgets that Work. We've all bought nifty gadgets only to find out that they really did not perform as expected. So I thought I would start highlighting some of my wonderful Gadgets that Work!

My husband does not buy me many things for my kitchen, but he does buy me knives and I love it! I never really think about knives and just muddle through with what I have. Last Christmas he bought me a Pink 5 1/2" Kyocera Ceramic Santoku Knife. It is the most fabulous knife I have ever used.





Usually I just use my Ceramic Knife for vegetables but today I cut the Mango Bread with it and LOOK at how perfect those slices are! Even though the bread was freshly baked, the Kyocera Ceramic Knife did not even damage the crust. I was amazed!

If you're considering a new knife, this is one knife that I highly recommend. It is definitely worth saving your pennies for!




The above video is short and sweet but with some good information on the Ceramic Knife. If you have a minute it is worth the view.


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31 Comments:

Blogger ARTISANNE said...

The bread looks and sounds delicious! :0)

May 19, 2009 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger The Old Gray Egg said...

Is the ceramic knife good for meats as well? Is it brittle so that it breaks if dropped or nicked if thrown in with other steel knives?

May 19, 2009 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Egg,

I use serrated knives for meat so have not tried my ceramic knife on meat yet. There is a serrated ceramic knife and I hoping it will be my Christmas Present this year.

I keep all my larger knives in sheaths for storing. I don't like the idea of large, sharp objects being stored without some protection. I value my fingers! Large knife sheaths are inexpensive, abt $2-3.

I've had a ceramic pizza cutter for several years and have not chipped it yet and I keep it loose in my utensil drawer. The ceramic pizza cutter will be highlighted some day on my "Gadgets that Work". I love it!

I know people say that ceramic utensils chip fortunately I've not had that problem yet. But I think anything that is abused will not last long.

May 19, 2009 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

I love the sound of mango bread. You are very lucky to have a man that buys you cool kitchen stuff.It may be a rare occurance ,but its great!

May 19, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

The bread looks delicious! I like the substitutions you made, even if they were out of necessity. Also, nice knife--and very nice husband!

May 19, 2009 at 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Tiffany @ NOH said...

Next time I see mangoes on sale I am DEFINITELY making this bread! Thanks for the tip.

As for ceramic knives, I must be living under a rock because I have never seen a gadget like that. But I do know that there is nothing like a good knife, regardless of the material that you prefer! I just might have to go on a hunt for ceramic knives soon :)

May 19, 2009 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger an000sha31 said...

yummy!!!!

May 19, 2009 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Wonk said...

Looks so yummy!

I only found out about TWD from your blog - I spent sooooo much time yesterday bouncing around everyone else's blog over there, looking at all the goodies that were made and also the little variation's that people were coming up with.

Sadly, while the mind is willing, the body is lazy and I don't have the discipline to join something like that myself but it's such a fun project I will be certainly be taking part in spirit from now on :)

I will probably even get Dorie's cookbook now as a direct result, you all made it look so wonderful!

May 19, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Teanna said...

Ooooh plums and prunes! What interesting additions! I LOVED this bread! Yours looks great!

May 19, 2009 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger YankeeQuilter said...

The mango bread looks wonderful! I used to work in Miami on occasion and the group's secretary used to bring a tropical bread in for coffee that this reminds me of...

May 19, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

A ceramic knife - very interesting! Never heard of it before, but definitely worth looking into!

May 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger wimpie said...

I am a wellness coach and with these recipes , well .....I can taste it !! For the knife part ,ceramic is also a first for me.

May 19, 2009 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I bet that bread is something else warm from the oven with some butter. And maybe a cup of coffee.
Brenda

May 19, 2009 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger chocolatechic said...

I didn't add as much ginger, and I thought it was perfect.

I have often wondered if those ceramic knives were worth it and how you sharpened them.

Does it stay sharp? Is it easily broken? Can you stick it in the dishwasher?

May 19, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
OpenID uclala said...

Wow, your bread looks soo nice! I like the height in it. And I want a ceramic knife now - those slices are really clean!

May 19, 2009 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I love that you sauteed the mango in butter! Nice job ; )

May 19, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

chocolatechic,

The ceramic knife is fine in the DW. Although I rarely ever put any of my knifes in the DW except steak knives.

For storange I keep sheaths on all my larger knifes just for protection. A large sheath is very inexpensive maybe $2-3 at most. I bought my knife sheaths at Sur La Table.

The Ceramic Knife advertises with daily use it should stay sharp for at least 10 yrs.

However the ceramic knife is not for cutting through bone as it will chip. I don't use my knives to cut through bone any how I use my kitchen shears or have the butcher do it.

For vegetables, fruit or bread you can't get much better then the Ceramic Knife.

I also have a ceramic pizza cutter and I just love it. I store it loose in my utensil drawer and so far no chips at all. It cuts effortlessly! It will be included at some point in my Gadgets that Work.

May 19, 2009 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Rachel Leastlikely said...

maybe i'm just REALLY HUNGRY, but i swear my mouth started watering just reading the words 'mango' and 'bread'. keep up the good work.

May 19, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Lily G. said...

Looks delicious!!

liliesandgrapes.blogspot.com

May 19, 2009 at 6:57 PM  
OpenID Jill said...

The bread looks great, and love the pink knife!

May 19, 2009 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Michelle, this bread looks fabulous! I love that you sauteed your mango before throwing it into the batter. How genius! And I bet the plums were a welcome addition. You have me lusting after a kyocera knife to boot!!

May 19, 2009 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

YOur bread looks great. I think prunes would go well with it too! My family loved it and I want to add cinnamon chips the next time I make it!

May 20, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

I just bought a Kyocera ceramic paring knife the other day. Love it. It goes through tomatoes like butter! This bread looks great. I have a ton of mangoes, and am going out tonight looking for more. They fall on the ground around here.

May 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

Sautéing the mango first sounds very intriguing. I bet that made your bread extra tasty!

May 20, 2009 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger TeaLady said...

Sounds like some great variations. Looks delicious.

May 20, 2009 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Art Whims by JS said...

This bread looks tasty!

May 21, 2009 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger primavera123 said...

I love mangos and I'm so glad to find a new way to prepare them. Sometimes you get a rather hard, underripe mango, but the sauteeing really softens it up and brings out the flavor!

May 21, 2009 at 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

Oh, the bread looks really beautiful...and the plate is gorgeous, too, especially with the bread on it! I have always wondered about those ceramic knives...they look so interesting and pretty...I think I need to try one out, don't you?

May 21, 2009 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Di said...

Plums sound like a good addition. And oddly enough, prunes are quite popular with my kiddos, so I usually have some around. I'll have to keep them in mind if I make this one again.

May 21, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've made Mango bread before and it didn't look at all like yours. It was very moist and is the favorite at a local resturant.

May 25, 2009 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I'm longing for that mango bread again! Yum. Love your gadget focus.

May 28, 2009 at 4:50 PM  

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