Tuesday, February 5, 2008
My 1st Homegrown Gourmet Entry! Carambola Quick Bread
This challenge is being hosted by Canela & Comino and the rules are to make some form of quick bread which somehow represents your home region, hometown, state, or area. Representation can feature a local ingredient, be a traditional dish from your area, or be a creative twist. Fresh and local foods are encouraged!
I live in South West Florida. We are way south and this is our growing season here. Just imagine my options for this challenge:oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruit, zucchini, mangoes and the list goes on and on! So what did I decide to pick? Carambola or Star Fruit. I picked this because it is my oldest daughters favorite fruit. The season here is very short so I knew I needed to get moving on this one.
I went to the market to get the nice ripe Carambola... but they were out! I went to Publix to pick up the nice, ripe Carambola...but they were out! I went to the Farmer's Market to get the nice, ripe Carambola...but they were out! It was not looking good for Carambola Quick Bread. I jumped into action and came up with a back up plan. I bought some nice, ripe, juicy mangoes and went home and made some Mango Quick Bread. The teachers at the girl's school loved it though!
needed to try this recipe!!!
Over this past weekend we did a bunch of errands and the whole time I was secretly hunting for Carambola. Then on Saturday night neither of us felt like cooking so we went out to dinner. We went to Red's which is on Pine Island (the island is famous for mangoes and exotic fruits). I asked T. if he could just drive a wee bit past the restaurant...so patient with me he is! Then we saw it. A small hand written sign advertising organic, fresh picked Carmabola!!! We drove down this dirt road and found the house. T. went and met the little old lady who was selling the fruit from her home. He brought me out 5 of the biggest, ripest Carambola I had ever seen!!! Had a great dinner at Red's then went home and made Carambola Bread!!!
I helped put the girls to bed and then dove right into it!!! Can you tell I'm not a football fan...this was on Super Bowl Sunday...T. had the TV blaring as was shouting and cussing at the screen all while I baked. In retrospect I may have been a little distracted. I put the bread in the oven and then sat down at my computer to type the recipe out for blogging. I was typing away and got to the baking powder. What baking powder??? I had forgotten to add the @*?? baking powder. Crap. Jumped up ran to the oven pulled out the already cooking bread and stirred in some baking powder. Well as you can guess this bread sucked. Seeing though that I still had 3 Carambola's left I knew it would be alright. I hate to throw out food though and there was no one that I would have fed that to so I decided to make bread pudding out of it. Now that was really good!!!
Finally yesterday morning with no distractions I was able to make some really incredible Carambola Quick Bread.
Carambola Bread Recipe