Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cantaloupe Bread with Walnut Glaze

Recently, I needed a cantaloupe (that's rockmelon to me) for a fruit salad.  Unfortunately, being winter, cantaloupes are thin on the ground.  I miraculously managed to find one, but it was absolutely enormous, and the fruit salad only required a quarter of it.  What to do with the rest, recognising that I would never just eat it all?

I did a Google search on cantaloupe recipes, and was pleasantly surprised by the variety that I found.  In addition to the granitas and sorbets (which were not what I wanted in winter), there was quite a number of recipes for baked goods. I would never have thought of putting cantaloupe in baking before, but I was surprised at how many people already had in a creative way.

One of the recipes that I chose was this recipe for Cantaloupe Bread with Praline Glaze. (I only made half the recipe to make one cake.) This recipe comprises a beautiful soft cake (which someone told me tasted like banana bread), topped with an irresistible brown sugar and butter glaze, studded with nuts (walnuts, in my case):

This bread tastes as good as it looks, and it went in a flash at work.  Quite a few people told me how much they liked this, which is another sign that it was exceptional.
The only disclaimer I will put on it is that the cake is quite soft and the topping sets reasonably hard, so cutting the cake is a challenge.  However, this is a small price to make for such a delicious morsel with an unlikely main ingredient. 


Kari said...

How fantastic - I would never have thought of baking with cantaloupe / melon. I'm really inspired to try it now as this bread looks amazing. Thanks!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh this looks like a must make!! Thanks for the recipe! :D

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Dear GAye, I did not even know that one could actually bake with cantaloupe - sounds like a great idea and from your comments I gather that this is one exceptionally wonderful recipe that we should all try!

Johanna GGG said...

how interesting - I never liked cantaloupe but I think the sound of the this cake sounds brilliant and delicious

Kayte said...

Cantaloupe Bread with Walnuts sounds really good. I love melons and I was drooling over the Cantaloupe Pie (I am reading these in reverse order) and now I come upon the Cantaloupe Bread and I can't decide which I should make first as I am intrigued by using a melon in things like this as I have never done that before. It looks beautiful.