Ripe and super sweet Mangoes are my fave during hot summers. Cardamom(Elaichi) is the earthy spice of choice in a lot of things Indian, from Masala Tea and other drinks to milk based or fried sweets to savory creamy main dishes. Cardamom is pretty much in everything. But we dont need to miss out on any of that cardamom in the indian sweets, coz we got some right here in this sweet bread!
Heres a sweet Bread with both the flavors and it does not have any animal products or by products! You can make it more or less sweet and play with the ingredients. This one smells of mango when toasted and tastes more of cardamom in the first few bites! Then it is a mix of the tastes with each bite!
- 1.5 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup wheat flour
- 1/4 cup hot cereal mix (ArrowHead mills 4 grains + flax)
- 1.5 teaspoons quick rising yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon vital wheat gluten
- 2/3 cup ripe mango puree( I used looza sweet mango nectar , can be substituted by ripe mango pureed or canned mango pulp. Adjust water and sweetness accordingly)
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder(cardamom is quite a potent taste, so add more or less by taste)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons raw sugar
- oil spray for greasing
- Bring 1/4 cup water to a boil and add the hot cereal mix. Cook for 4-5 minutes.(Add more water if the cereal use up all and is not tender, depends on the grains)
- Let this mixture cool to a warm state and add yeast and sugar to the mix. Add in half cup bread flour and mix well. Add a teaspoon or 2 more warm water to make into a sticky mix.
- Let this mixture sit for half an hour.
- In a large bowl, Add in the bread flour, wheat flour, salt, cardamom powder and mix well.
- Add in the yeast dough mixture, oil and mango puree and mix well.
- Knead into a soft dough. Add more bread flour or water if needed to make a soft not too sticky dough.
- Place dough in a well oiled container. Spray oil on top and cover with heavy towel and let sit in a warm place for 1.5 hours or until doubled.
- Punch dough a little, add in the raisins and fold and shape(flatten and roll) into a roll.
- Place dough in bread pan or round pan and score the top. Spritz top with water, then with oil.
- Cover with heavy towel and let rise for 40 minutes.
- Remove towel, spritz top with water and bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.
- Reduce temperature to 350 and bake for another 15 minutes.
- Remove bread from pan and cool for an hour before slicing!
- Enjoy with hot masala tea or a snack!