Mango Gingerbread with Macadamia Streusel

Gingerbread in June? You betcha. This isn’t a holiday sort of cake in any sense. When I spotted this recipe in an old Bon Appetit, I tucked it away into my ‘must make soon’ file. Anything that sounds just a little strange-but-wonderful gets tucked into that file. Fresh pureed mango is incorporated into a gingery flavored sweet bread that is scattered throughout with roasted macadamia nuts: Mango Gingerbread with Macadamia Streusel.

If you’re expecting a bread infused with the wonderful, tropical flavor of mango, this isn’t it. The mango simply works as a ‘moisturizer’ much the same way that applesauce does in cakes. Added buttermilk helps with the tenderness as well. The whole cake only has 1/4 cup of canola oil in it.

This bite gives you a sneak peak of how moist the bread is. Heavy on the ginger flavor, this cake-like bread is topped with a mixture of macadamias, sugar and crystallized ginger. If you don’t care much for a heavy ginger flavor, I would suggest nixing the crystallized ginger on top.

We liked it best with a smidgen of sweetened whipped cream. Next time I might even add two smidgens.

The next strange-but-wonderful recipe sitting in my ‘must try soon’ file involves salmon, peanut butter, and grape jelly. No kidding. Because you never know…it might just be the next best thing!

This recipe can be found HERE.

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36 Responses to “Mango Gingerbread with Macadamia Streusel”

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    Ann — June 18, 2008 @ 12:47 PM

    I do love gingerbread and this one looks fantastic! Mango and ginger are perfect together and the macadamia nuts are just over the top!

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    Tartelette — June 18, 2008 @ 12:59 PM

    The mango makes it perfect for summer although there is no season for cakes :)
    Looks wonderful!

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    Manggy — June 18, 2008 @ 1:03 PM

    Ah, you’ve made a “manggy” gingerbread! A woman after my own heart, heh heh :) I love mangoes and I love your cake! (We don’t really care for categorizing food by season here, so it’s all good anytime, haha)

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    Peter M — June 18, 2008 @ 1:29 PM

    Why not Lori? It looks like a wonderful cake for coffee or tea. I’ll have a slab!

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    Laura — June 18, 2008 @ 2:37 PM

    Yum this looks delish–and so different.

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    Melanie — June 18, 2008 @ 3:37 PM

    How unique! I love it. The moister the better and from your pictures, it looks perfect.

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    Prudy — June 18, 2008 @ 4:51 PM

    I’m a sucker for molasses and buttermilk. I know I’d love it!

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    Deborah — June 18, 2008 @ 6:14 PM

    I don’t think there’s a bad time of year for gingerbread!!

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    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen — June 18, 2008 @ 8:08 PM

    Sounds yummy! I love that you used mango in there – the bread looks so soft and moist!

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    Sophie — June 18, 2008 @ 8:39 PM

    salmon, peanut butter, AND grape jelly! wow…that combo makes me a little nervous, but I’m sure you’ll make it come out delicious…now, if it were me putting together that recipe, it’d probably come out a little on the toxic side ;).

    These look so perfect. Anything with the word ‘streusel’ makes my mouth water. I love how this tasty treat incorporates summer and winter flavors, too :).

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    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide — June 18, 2008 @ 8:42 PM


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    Jeena — June 18, 2008 @ 8:49 PM

    I bet this was so tasty! I love mango and I think using fruit in cakes for moisture is fabulous I love it! :-)

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    Sharon — June 18, 2008 @ 9:09 PM

    Wow, I love gingerbread & mango but never thought of the combo. I’m sure this is delicious. Definitely in my to try file.

    I’m eagerly awaiting this salmon recipe. Intriguing, very intriguing!

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    noble pig — June 18, 2008 @ 10:47 PM

    Okay this looks awesome but I can’t wait for that crazy sounding salmon thing, I’m intrigued!

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    CookiePie — June 19, 2008 @ 12:58 AM

    Gingerbread in June — Recipe Girl, you are a baker after my own heart! It sounds fantastic and looks scrumptious!

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    Brilynn — June 19, 2008 @ 3:11 AM

    What a great combo, sounds wonderful!

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    My Sweet & Saucy — June 19, 2008 @ 3:57 AM

    You’ve been baking like crazy! This looks wonderful!

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    Jenny — June 19, 2008 @ 4:33 AM

    I could eat gingerbread all year round. I love this spin on it, sounds terrific!

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    Grace — June 19, 2008 @ 8:53 AM

    tis a most moist mixture of mango and macadamias. i’ll take mine with six smidgens of whipped cream please. :)

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    VeggieGirl — June 19, 2008 @ 12:58 PM

    I’m a fan of gingerbread ANY time of year; and especially of mangoes… together, they sound absolutely delicious – yum!! And yes, DO enjoy more of that streusel with more than just a smidgen of whipped cream ;0)

    That next recipe that you want to try sounds REALLY intriguing… can’t wait to read about it! :0)

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    LyB — June 19, 2008 @ 1:00 PM

    I love a good, moist cake! This looks like it fits the bill, and with macadamia nuts it sound fantastic!

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    Priscilla — June 19, 2008 @ 1:19 PM

    i would have never thought to mix the two, but i do love mangos!! i noticed you were in s. california…my whole family and i were born there!

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    Parker — June 19, 2008 @ 3:07 PM

    Great recipe – very different from anything I’ve tried! Your pics are so cute and nice looking.

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    ali — June 19, 2008 @ 3:52 PM

    how exotic RecipeGirl. Is this too sweet to make for a breakfast? I feel like this would be wonderful with a cup of coffee.

    i’m very curious about this upcoming salmon recipe

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    RecipeGirl — June 19, 2008 @ 4:02 PM

    Ali- we enjoyed this with whipped cream for dessert, but my son also liked it for breakfast (sans whipped cream.)

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    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) — June 19, 2008 @ 7:05 PM

    You know, I have never tried mango in a cooked dish and it looks as if I am seriously missing out! Lovely recipe!

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    Elle — June 19, 2008 @ 8:26 PM

    Lori, I don’t think you’ve ever made one thing that didn’t make me say “Oh, I have to make that!”

    This is no exception. I love how the mango puree allows you to cut the fat. Same thing it did in my mango buffalo wings! It’s like the new miracle fat replacement. I’m definitely going to make this. I adore gingerbread!

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    Tarah — June 19, 2008 @ 8:58 PM

    Who cares what month of the year it is, Gingerbread is great ANY time of the year in my opinion ;]

    These look fantastic! I would totally have this with some coffee or tea ;]

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    Kevin — June 20, 2008 @ 2:01 AM

    That looks good. I really like the mango and macadamia nut combo.

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    Michelle — June 20, 2008 @ 3:40 AM

    I’ve been looking for some new dessert recipes. This looks like a winner. Thanks!

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    Lori Lynn — June 20, 2008 @ 3:47 AM

    I love the photo montage. Cool!
    Nice out-of-the-ordinary recipe :)

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    dessertobsessed — June 20, 2008 @ 5:15 AM

    wow, this looks so moist and delicious! i wonder how this would taste with some other fruit? i have some peaches waiting to be used…

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    Helene — June 20, 2008 @ 5:12 PM

    I love gingerbread and this one looks really yummy.

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    Dhanggit — June 20, 2008 @ 7:01 PM

    the mango gingerbread alone is fantastic !! and you just made the yumminess triple times with this macadamia streusel!!

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    Ivy — June 20, 2008 @ 7:07 PM

    Wow, lovely ingredients and it looks so moist and delicious.

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    Flanboyant Eats — June 23, 2008 @ 1:25 PM

    this is great. anything with Mango in it; especially if it’s moistened to perfection. nice job.