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Mini Mango Hazelnut Cardamom Bread

Raise your hand if you love mangoes, but they’ve always intimidated you! Up until a few weeks ago, I would have raised my hand.

Every time I’ve had mango in a restaurant, I’ve loved it to bits. But I always passed it over in the supermarket – a funny foreign ingredient that I’d never use effectively. How wrong I was!

A lovely box of all sorts of mangoes arrived courtesy of the National Mango Board, and the smell alone led me down the path of google searches galore searching for recipes.

To start off, let’s talk about how easy it is to cut up a mango, once you know how. Watch this quick video for several ways to do it:

We ate plenty of the mangoes simply diced as a side dish to our meals, and then there was that Mango Chicken stir fry that was so good, there was nothing left to photograph.

Staring down the last two mangoes from the case, much like the black bananas hanging out in their own kitchen corner, I knew that I should put them to good use. I decided that mango puree must be a lot like mashed banana, and so adapted the same bread recipe I was already making with the bananas for a second batch of mango bread.

Adding in cardamom and hazelnuts took these mini loaves to a tropical, slightly Indian direction. They’re a wonderful switch up from the standard quick bread picks, and the texture of the mini loaves is delicious.

The next time I make them, I’m going to swap in brown sugar instead of white sugar, because I think mango pairs better with the deeper molasses flavors. I’ve written the recipe below as the bread was made, but I suggest you try it with an equivalent amount of brown sugar instead.

In case you’ve never purchased mangoes for yourself, let’s talk about how to pick them:

  • Don’t focus on color. It is not the best indicator of ripeness.
  • Squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango will give slightly.
  • Use your experience with produce such as peaches or avocados, which also become softer as they ripen.
  • Ripe mangos will sometimes have a fruity aroma at their stem ends.
  • The red color that appears on some varieties is not an indicator of ripeness. Always judge by feel.

Information provided by The National Mango Board

You can get more recipes by visiting the National Mango Board website, joining them on Facebook, and following them on Twitter.

Variety is the spice of life, y’all. It’s always awesome to add a new ingredient to your life, and I hope you’re encouraged to try mango at home now too.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a case of Mangoes by the Mango Board. I was not asked to write this post, nor was I compensated for it. All opinions are my own.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Mini Mango Hazelnut Cardamom Bread – – – [/wpurp-searchable-recipe]

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking

Wednesday 22nd of August 2012

What a neat checkerboard cutting trick! :) At least it seems easy to cut a mango. That's good at least. I'll take your mango buying tips with me to the store! Thanks for giving us all this mango info. And the bread? What an interesting mixture of flavors!

Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}

Saturday 12th of May 2012

Few month ago I tried for the first time to use mango in baking goodies and loved it! Adding some cardamon to flavor the loaf sounds such a great idea and I bet delicious one too!

Megan's Cookin'

Thursday 10th of May 2012

How funny, I was going to make a special trip to Trader Joe's just to get sliced mango. I felt like I wasn't getting enough of the fruit when I would slice it myself but now that I know how, I'll just run to the corner store and buy a mango and slice it myself. Thanks for the tips and the bread sounds awesome.

Catalina @ Cake with Love

Thursday 10th of May 2012

I love desserts that have mango, they taste so tropical, fresh and rich :)

Casey@Good. Food. Stories.

Thursday 10th of May 2012

I never told you that I ate ALL FOUR of those mango breads for breakfast the day after the bake sale. I just couldn't stop. So my compliments to the chef.

And have you ever tried a Champagne/Ataulfo mango? They're a little more tart than the regular guys and I'm obsessed with them.


Thursday 10th of May 2012

Wow! That's a huge compliment, Casey. Thank you! I have tried champagne mango, once, on a cruise. I've never seen them here in Jersey.