Friday, April 8, 2011

cantaloupe bread with praline glaze


My oldest loves cantaloupe but she's the only one in the house who feels that way about cantaloupe. I put half of one in a fruit salad tonight and wasn't sure what to do with the rest. A whole cantaloupe is a lot for one girl! I found the following recipe at and thought it was worth a shot. Great way to satisfy everyone in the family! We couldn't taste the cantaloupe; it's a lot like zucchini or pumpkin bread. Very moist and yummy.

cantaloupe bread with praline glaze (
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups cantaloupe- peeled, seeded and pureed (about half a cantaloupe)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 cup butter
1 2/3 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 F. Lightly grease and flour two 9x5-inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla and cantaloupe. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger. Stir flour mixture into cantaloupe mixture; stir to combine. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake in a preheated oven for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean. Meanwhile, combine butter and brown sugar. Microwave for 3 minutes, stirring at 1 minute intervals; mix in pecans. Pour sauce over warm bread. Let cool for 1 hour before serving.

What I have to say- I didn't make the glaze. It really didn't need any extra sweetness.  BUT the glaze is awesome if you want to try it.

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