Whip up a delicious quick bread with fresh tropical fruit, mango and papaya. It’s a taste of the tropics in every bite.
I am so happy tropical fruit is back in season. I love mangoes, papaya and pineapple. They make me think of vacationing in the Tropics. What a great thought that is! Let’s take a bite of my Tropical Fruit Bread with Papaya Cream Cheese and imagine we are on a cruise to the Carribean. I just love food that can transport you to a different place or time. I especially love it when it is easy to make and healthy. This bread hits all of those notes.
One of the first times, I really remember loving papaya was in Singapore. I had gone with my hubby (we were dating at the time) to his brother’s wedding. What a trip that was; lots of culture shock and fabulous food. Singapore is a food lover’s paradise. The papaya was sweet and juicy and is thought to be an excellent digestive. That papaya was perfectly ripe. It is really hard to find a ripe papaya here. A ripe papaya is yellow and free of brown spots. Sometimes, I will bring home an unripe papaya and put it in a brown bag to finish ripening.
With this quick bread, I played with mango and papaya. The first time I made it, I tried adding chopped mango and papaya. There were too many little pieces of fruit. It didn’t hold together well. This time I decided to puree some papaya and cut down on the yogurt. That was a winner! Plus I got an extra bonus of fewer calories. Woo hoo! That gave me room to make a papaya cream cheese. Don’t you just love a sweet bread with cream cheese? I do, I do. If you would rather use mango in the cream cheese, go for it. You can always modify a recipe to make it better for you. That is the great thing about recipes. As long as you leave the base of the bread the same, you can change the fruit and the puree. I’ve even made it with a flavored yogurt. That was super yummy too. If you are not a confident cook or baker, try making little substitutions in recipes to match your taste. That will help you learn and become more confident. Plus I would love to hear what you do. You all know how much I love to talk and write about food!
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