Tuesdays With Dorie: Fresh Mango Bread

May 19, 2009

Fresh Mango Bread is Version 2.0 of your trusty breakfast-snack-anytime quick bread. I’m out of the banana bread rut, thanks to Kelly, who picked this week’s recipe for the Tuesdays With Dorie baking group. You can find the recipe on her blog, Baking With the Boys, or on page 45 of Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Get the recipe and upgrade your quick bread today!


What I did:

  • I cut the recipe in half and baked it in two mini-loaf pans for 45-50 minutes.
  • Replaced half of the oil with plain yogurt, to reduce the fat.
  • I didn’t have any lime zest, so I added 1/2 teaspoon lime juice (I know it’s not the same, but it’s what I had).
  • Used one whole egg and one egg white to approximate 1.5 eggs.

How it went: This quick bread was just that – quick! And that was a good thing, because I’ve got a knee injury and I need to keep off of my knee. So I was a bit slower than usual, taking care not to make any quick moves in the kitchen and I sat down to peel and dice the mango.

The recipe says to use two cups of diced mango from one mango. I knew right away that I wasn’t going to get two cups from one mango. And I was right – one mango gave me a cup of diced mango plus two bites for me and one bite for the dog. I was ready to declare a Mango Conspiracy Theory, thinking that all of the tropical fruit runts were being sent to Wisconsin. Who should I write a letter to, I wondered. How can I get some of these apparently giant mangoes? But then I read some of the comments from the other Tuesdays With Dorie bakers and found that many of them also had small mangoes. The bakers are spread across the US and throughout other countries, so my conspiracy theory was in the trash, but it’s good to know that my grocery store is not the target of substandard fruit.

How it tasted: I followed the recommendation to give the bread a day for the flavors and spices to meld. The next day it was good, and the day after it was still good. The spices are mild, which I like, and I was wishing for the flavor of the lime zest (which I didn’t have so I didn’t add it). The raisins made it too sweet for me. I love love love raisins, but sometimes they just don’t work, and next time I’d leave them out. My husband said the only thing he’d change is to leave out the ginger. He was fine with the raisins and I wasn’t, which is the opposite of the norm as far as raisins go.

Would I make this again?:  Yes, with a few changes. It was really moist and messy to slice after a couple of days, so I think this would be better as a muffin – no slicing required. I’d delete the raisins and the ginger and up the cinnamon and give the zest a try. Of course I’m not giving up banana bread, but it’s nice to have another fruit bread up my sleeve.



  1. Mmmmm… love the chunks and those beautiful colours! In for a mango bread rut??? LOL Lovely, Jill!

  2. nice job! I left out the raisins and didn’t find it too be too sweet.

  3. Looks great! The zest actually didn’t add much flavor, so no worries there. 🙂

  4. Your loaf looks fantastic!

  5. Fabulous.

    I didn’t add the raisins.

  6. Looks great. I omitted the raisins and went with white chocolate chips instead. I’m not sure my pup would love a mango chunk. Whenever I try to give her fruit she gums it and spits it out and gives me a look.

  7. your bread looks wonderful! i hope you recover from your knee injury soon:)

  8. It looks delicious! I think I am going to do mini loaves next time. Sorry about your knee; hope you feel better soon!

  9. Looks lovely, I love your adjustments!

  10. Good idea, using the yogurt for half the oil. I like reading how everyone lightened this one up, since I’m all for that! Looks yummy.

  11. if i make again i’ll try your tip with the yogurt – i kind of cringed while dumping in the oil. hope your knee is better soon!

  12. Wow, love the post. I totally forgot about the raisins! And two cups of mangoes? I totally skipped that part and just added a whole mango that was medium-sized, now that I think about it. Why did I not think to add yogurt. That sounds great! Your bread looks just like it tasted, great!

  13. I agree that the ginger was a little strong. I think a muffin would work out better.

  14. I love your mango chunks! I didn’t add the raisins and it was delicious. Nice job!

  15. Your loaf looks great, I’m glad you liked it! Hope your knee heals soon!

  16. The bread looks soo inviting with the mango chunks looking yummy! I’ll have to try it again with yogurt since I don’t use non-olive oil much. Hope your knee is feeling better soon!

  17. Baking on a bad knee, ouch! This looks delicious and was hopefully worth the work it took to make it. I agree, more cinnamon would be great in this one!

  18. A pox on runty mangoes! I’m convinced that the bigger the mango, the larger the seed. Bakers can’t win.
    Lovely photo!

  19. Now you’re making me wish I didn’t eat all the mango, and actually baked the bread instead.

    Maybe next time!

  20. Oh, I love the little minis…so cute. Bread looks great and all your subs were wonderful ideas, esp. the yogurt being less fat. We loved the chunks of fruit in this bread…we were all sort of picking them out and eating them…great recipe.

  21. Thanks, Jill! Yours looks delish, too! I get NO natural light in my kitchen, so I have to take pretty much all my pictures outside. You never know what you’ll find in the background!

  22. I like the bigger chucks of mango like in your bread. I think I cut mine up to fine but it was good any how, just not as pretty.

    Looks so good!

  23. Looks great! I like the healthy twist with the yogurt. I need to try that next time!

  24. When mangos are in season, banana bread doesn’t have a chance anymore! I hope your knee heals quickly.

  25. I was wondering how it would be with yogurt, I’m happy to know it works! I hope your knee is feeling better soon; it sounds painful.

  26. Looks great! I didn’t much taste the zest in mine, so you weren’t missing much. I think I’m the only TWD baker who got a ginormous mango, that yielded more than 2 cups of fruit–hello, genetic engineering! Best wishes for a speedy knee recovery.

  27. I’m with your husband…no on the ginger, but I could keep the raisins. And this would make great muffins after a few days!

  28. I’ll have to try it with yogurt next time — and there will be a next time! Thanks for the idea.

  29. Thanks for the visit, glad you enjoyed the bread. Much easier to take on the run in muffin form…

  30. You are strong if you could wait until the next day;) I like that you used yogurt in yours. I may try that next time.

    Sending healing knee vibes your way!

  31. yogurt–brilliant! that must have made it taste spectacular. love your picture…the bread looks so moist.

  32. The yogurt was a great idea! I’m one of the small-mango people…but it didn’t seem to hurt. (Speaking of hurt, I hope your knee is feeling better!)

  33. I like that you can see mango chunks in yours. My mango was too mushy for that.

  34. Looks just right to me. Will have to try the yogurt next time.

    Hope your knee is healing well.

  35. Look at those big fresh chunks of mango – delicious!

  36. Your bread is really lovely, and I’m so sorry about your knee!

  37. I made muffins — it’s great as muffins! Love your mini breads.

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