Gifts Galore and Mango Bread

This gift came almost 3 weeks after my birthday but it really made my year, So much love, so much affection… I am truly flattered by this special gift from a special person. Thank you dear friend, I have no words to express how much this means to me. I received this huge package of a Romertomf clay baker and 2 books , The soul of a new cuisine by Marcus Samuelsson and Jill O’ Connor’s Sticky , Chewy , Messy, Gooey plus a whole load of different spice blends from World Market , Soba and Udon noodle packets. This was an unexpected gift and this time I really was jumping all over the house :)

Gifts Galore

After the jumping though, I wanted to put the baker to good use and decided to use the baker to bake my Mango Bread . The recipe is from a book called The Home Baker that I picked up from the library for a dollar.


2 cups white bread flour

1 small mango diced and pureed

1/4 cup light brown sugar

3 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of honey

1 teaspoon of ginger ( acc to the recipe , I forgot to add it !)

1 & 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast

1 cup of tepid water

2/3 cups of raisins

One egg lightly beaten


1. Take the flour, sugar, butter, honey and ginger in a warmed bowl and rub the butter in with your fingers until the flour has a crumbly texture.

2. Add the yeast , mango puree , tepid water and knead well on a flour surface for about 5-10 minutes or until its elastic

3. Put it in a clean , greased bowl ( I greased it with a cooking spray) and cover it with a wrap and leave it for an hour until the dough is doubled.

4. Remove from the bowl, knead again , fold in the raisins and leave it again for 40 minutes. Here comes my clay pot into picture

dough in clay pot

What I did was

  • I soaked the claypot in water for a good 20 minutes and dried it , put a parchment paper at the bottom, greased it with a cooking spray , this is important as the bread dough is a little sticky and it might be difficult for the bread to come off once baked. So I placed the dough and covered it
  • As per the instructions , they say that the claypot should not be kept in a preheated oven , instead it has to be kept in a cold oven, so after 40 minutes , I brushed the dough with the beaten egg , placed it in the bottom rack of the oven, covered it with the lid and turned the oven to 425 F and did not peek into it for 35 minutes .
  • After 35minutes , I removed the lid and lowered the temperature to 400 F and let it bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Then it began to brown and I removed it from the oven , let it sit for about 10 minutes , removed it from the pot and let it cool on a cooling rack for about 40 minutes.
  • Then, dusted it with confectioner’s sugar and serve.
  • The result of it was a nice brown crust on the top and it was very moist and exotic inside.

Mango Bread
This goes to dear Meeta’s Monthly Mingle – Mango Mania .

15 Thoughts on “Gifts Galore and Mango Bread

  1. the gifts are wonderful…didnt know anything about the day baker thing…..the bread looks lovely

  2. Mango bread, wow :-) I have never heard of that one, but would love to try :-) Happy late B-day. Btw. T&T round-up is up and running, so is July┬┤s challenge. Hope to see you there …

  3. beautiful bread. i love the idea of cooking in a clay pot.

  4. The whole idea of using a clay pot to cook – even if its a bread and not an Indian dish – is so appealing. The bread looks nicely browned an moist!

  5. Those gifts are wonderful! congratulations! and Mango bread baked in clay pot must have tasted divine!

  6. Enjoy all the thoughtful gifts, dear Dee. I love anything with mango in it and this will be my must try recipe.
    Oh btw, belated birthday wishes. So you are Cancerian? My husband is one too :-)

  7. those are some lovely goodies Dee & Belated Birthday wishes. and the bread looks yummo! :D


  8. Awesome mango bread….

  9. Beautiful bread, Dee…enjoy the goodies :-)

  10. Bread looks perfect, Dee! Mango bread sounds amazing!!! :)

  11. Wonderful gifts and it’s an awesome looking bread Dee.

  12. Beautiful gift sets… Love ur clay pot cooking & bread too :)

  13. How beautiful! I have bookmarked this recipe.

  14. ooh! that looks awesome Dee! who could resist a gift like that?:) the bread must’ve smelt divine!

  15. Belated happy birthday!Lovely gifts.Mango bread looks perfect and yumm…

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