Monday, February 6, 2012

Cran-Cherry Orange Mayo Bread

I absolutely hate mayonnaise. I hate it ions more than I despise bananas. I've hated it since I was zero year old.  It made me dislike sandwiches and ordering in groups whereby my order would always end up with mayo warranting thorough rankings to scrape any last suspicious white glob off while I cursed the person who got theirs without, undoubtedly mine

But lately, I've had a change of heart.

Maybe it was when I confidently and somewhat accidentally shoved a spoonful of mass-produced potato salad in my mouth this summer.

And liked it. 

Or maybe it's been the several times I've been guilted in to trying my friends' banana breads (read: they use the same recipe and I DO NOT LIKE BANANA BREAD) which somehow had enchanting elements of tang and a whole new level of luscious moistness I've never tasted in a quick bread before. 

and then I heard the whis-whisperings of ..."it's the mayonnaise recipe" ...muahahahahaa

So consider this one of those off-one situations like Chevy trucks saving human kind from world destruction
I used mayonnaise and I liked it.

Cran-Cherry Orange Mayo Bread

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter melted 
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup cherry jam

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and butter together.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the zest, juice, egg and mayonnaise (don't be scared!) and add the mixture to the flour-butter mixture.
  • Stir the batter until just combined.
  • In a food processor or mixing bowl (if you are down with the chunks) combine cherry jam and cranberries.
  • Grease a loaf pan and spread half of the batter in the pan.
  • Pour cran-cherry mixture then spread remaining batter on top.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until tester comes out clean.
  • Let cool on rack for 15 minutes.


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said...

I am the same way with mayo... except for this mayo chocolate cake my grandmother makes. I bet this bread is incredible!

Ivy said...

Considering that mayo is just oil and eggs, it makes sense to use it in cakes. I usually make my own mayo with olive oil but the cake sounds good.

tasteofbeirut said...

wow, I despised mayo too but this cake looks really tempting and so easy! Worth a try for sure!

Helen said...

Oh, this is a beauty! I like mayo but not Hellmann's or that other fake stuff. I like the real mayo that the French make with egg yolks and oil, etc. This sounds like a great recipe. I'm going to bookmark it for when I am in a baking mood :)

Gastronomer said...

Whoa! Mayo?! I am totally intrigued. Can you detect the flavor at all?

Dewi said...

Beautiful crumb, look so moist and delicious too!

Trevor Sis Boom said...

How funny! If I had a nickel for every time I'm pushed towards a loaf of the same banana bread recipe by various workmates. lol. I wish ONE of them would bring this mayo bread in. For sure.

Let Me Eat Cake said...

seriously mayo! i'm intrigued i'll have to give this a try :)

Mary Bergfeld said...

That is a strange enough combination that it must be tried and tasted before passing judgment. The cook's version of seeing is believing :-). I've used mayo in chocolate cake and it worked nicely. I have to give this a try. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Banana Wonder said...

Laura - I gotta get on this mayo chocolate cake wave!

Ivy - Exactly... the same ingredients and good sub if you are out of eggs :-)

tasteofbeirut - I totally feel you and I hope you feel this cake.

Helen - I need to try real French mayo...I bet you have the good stuff up there along with your croissants :-) Baking mood? I didn't know there was such a thing because I am 200% always in the baking mood.

Cathy - No - just tangy moist goodness!

Dewi - The crumb was luscious! Thanks for noticing.

Trevor - Haha, you too? Geez! People need to start eating their ripe bananas.

Let Me Eat Cake - I am thinking mayo muffins? ok, I was just kidding.

Mary - I am dying to know what this mayo chocolate cake recipe is all about! I hope you try this bread.

yutjangsah said...

I am your father luke muahahahahahahahahaha... Its the mayo recipe... Diabolical!

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

I love the flavours here Anna and initially I thought "mayo in a bread?". But it does make sense considering that mayo is eggs and oil.