Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mango Challah - #BreadBakers

It does not get much better than mango season in Jamaica. There are mangoes EVERYWHERE. We have songs that dictate that no one cooks during mango season. We all become fruitarians consuming an unconscionable amount of mangoes each day. One day last week there were over 3 dozen mangoes in the kitchen. Friends just kept sending mangoes. We also had mangoes from one of our trees. We had to quickly slice and freeze most of the fruit for fear that they would spoil before we were able to eat them all. Some days we do try to eat them all. I am ashamed to tell you just how many I ate yesterday. Let's just say that I did not feel well at all.

One of our trees competing for sunlight.

Right now, there are several dozens of unwanted mangoes under one of the trees. The tree bears what we call the "common mango". It's a perfectly delicious variety. But we tend to favour other varieties over it. It's just too "common", I guess. That is, however, until the other varieties aren't in season and then we must resort to the common mango.Yesterday, I placed 30 of the mangoes by the roadside, hoping that someone would pass by and take them. No takers, the last time I checked. I get it though - there's a much more delicious variety just a few feet away. They would be much more interested if that tree were not bearing. Later today I will have to pick more up and send them off to pig farmers to serve as feed. Sad, I know. But we can't keep up with the dozens of mangoes it yields each day. Oh to have that problem with an East Indian mango tree.

Years ago, we actually only had common mangoes at our house. I certainly did not turn my nose up at them then. However, the trees were budded (grafted) and new varieties were introduced. Why waste time with the common mango when there is Haden, East Indian, and Julie (St Julian) to consume?

For this mango challah, I did not use the common mango. It's very stringy and just would not be as pleasurable. I went with the Haden. Julie would have been great too. I really love the flavour of that
Haden Mangoes

For this month's Bread Bakers, our host is Mireille of The Schizo Chef. Thanks, Mireille for an awesome theme. Be sure to scroll down to see how the other Bread Bakers used stone fruits this month!

Mango Challah 


2 cups of mango, diced (mangoes should be ripe but firm.)
1 egg + 1 teaspoon of water, for egg wash


Make the dough following Maggie Glezer's directions. 

After the first rise, divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece out to a approximately 12" x 5". Fill each piece evenly with diced mango. Put the mango down the center of the dough - avoid the edges.  If mango is particularly juicy, allow to drain before using as filling. 

Roll each piece into a tight log, stretching the logs to about 18 inches. Braid the logs. 

Place the braid on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let sit until doubled. 

Before the braid has doubled, preheat the oven to 350 F. 

When the braid has doubled, gently brush it with the egg wash. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes. 

Let loaf cool completely before slicing. 

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  1. Those Haden mangos are so pretty! I can see why you would want to bake bread with them.

  2. Just the fact that you know the differences between the types of mangos makes me so jealous! What a nice bread!

  3. I never knew there were so many kinds of mangoes!

  4. What a lovely bread! I love mangoes and would be happy to take all of your common mangoes off your hands! : )

  5. What a treat to have so many types of mangoes to choose from. This is a beautiful bread!

  6. you have your OWN mangoes from your backyard ! wow this challah is such a treat !

  7. I had no idea there were different kind of mangos!! How lucky are you to be able to walk into your back yard for your mango fix?!!

  8. Wow such pretty mangoes!! Love how the mangoes are peeping from those braids, absolutely tempting! !

  9. Challah with mangoes is such a great idea! Loved the way you made that bread :)

  10. Wow, I'm so jealous that you have so many varieties of mangoes. Wish we get some decent tasting ones here :-(
    Your challah with mango looks stunning and sounds amazing.

  11. I am so jealous. Mango is my favorite fruit and would be in heaven with all those mangoes. Haden ones look so beautiful

  12. This bread looks brilliant! All those mangos look so lovely and colourful.