Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze

by Tammy Taylor~

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My veggie garden did very well this year.  Usually by the middle of July the searing sun has wiped out anything that struggled to remain during the hot summer months.  But even though it’s been hot this year my garden has provided garden deliciousness well into the fall months.  Yea!  One of the fall feast-or-famine goodies from the garden is cantaloupe.  Now I didn’t plant cantaloupe this year, the vines volunteered from my compost.   But I let them grow to become a living mulch for the rest of the garden.  RancherMan eats only a modest amount of fresh cantaloupe & although I love it, how’s a girl to eat that much by herself??  I wondered if there was something I could do with all the excess cantaloupe – as it turns out, there is!

If you have extra fresh cantaloupe, make this Sweet Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze. DELICIOUS and so easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Typically my go-to recipe source is allrecipes.com.  I searched their site for some ideas of what to do with excess fresh cantaloupe and found a recipe for Cantaloupe Bread With Praline Glaze.  Hummmm…  Although the thought of cantaloupe bread didn’t initially sound delicious to me, how different could it be from the delicious sweet-treat bread made from zucchini squash?  Maybe I should just check out the ingredients.

The seasonings look good, and I have all the ingredients in my pantry.  Let’s give it a try!

I’d already harvested several fresh cantaloupe so I peeled one up and dropped the peeled pieces into my *Ninja blender and blended them until it was smooth.  The recipe called for 2 cups of puree so I measured it out for my recipe.

Then I plopped the cantaloupe puree into my KitchenAid mixer.  I wanted to substitute 1/2 of the oil with applesauce.  So into the KitchenAid with the cantaloupe puree I added the eggs, applesauce, sugar, vanilla and cantaloupe & mixed it all up.  That bowl was then set aside.

In another bowl I blended flour, salt baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon & ginger.  Then I mixed the contents of the two bowls together to make my batter.

I poured it into two lightly greased & floured glass loaf pans & placed them into the preheated oven.  I’d lowered the recipe’s temperature requirement by 25 degrees due to the fact that I’m baking in a glass pan (as I always do).

Batter in loaf pans - If you have extra fresh cantaloupe, make this Sweet Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze. DELICIOUS and so easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then I baked the loaves for about an hour.  When it was done I brought out the two loaves of cantaloupe bread (breathes deeply)  Oh yeah, this might work after all!

While the bread was still hot I whipped up the glaze of melted butter, brown sugar and chopped pecans.  The pecan praline glaze was added to the tops of my hot loaves of bread.

Pecan Praline Topping - If you have extra fresh cantaloupe, make this Sweet Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze. DELICIOUS and so easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Although the flavor of the praline glaze was absolutely amazing, I wasn’t happy with the texture of it.  The praline glaze cooled to a crumbly texture that fell from the top when I tried to cut & serve the bread.

If you have extra fresh cantaloupe, make this Sweet Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze. DELICIOUS and so easy! #TaylorMadeHomestead

So I may tweak that part in the future to add more butter or less brown sugar. A sweet friend recommended I add 1/4 cup milk or cream to the butter and sugar and pour over the bread while warm.  Or I may eliminate the topping completely, who knows??!  But I was very pleased with the bread itself!

Here’s the recipe as I made it – give it a try.

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Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze, makes 2 loaves

What to do with all the cantaloupe in the garden?  Puree it and make it into Cantaloupe Bread!  Never heard of cantaloupe bread?  Don't discount it, now - the seasonings are similar to zucchini bread so give it a try! ~TMH~

Author Taylor-Made Homestead

Ingredients

In mixer, combine

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil can substitute 1/2 with applesauce
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cantaloupe - peeled, seeded and pureed

In separate bowl, sift

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Mix together pour into 2 greased loaf pans & bake @ 325 degrees (315 degrees for glass pans) for 1 hr.

For glaze, mix

  • 1/2 cup melted butter 1 stick
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Pour over hot bread as it comes out of the oven

Instructions

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (315 for glass pan). Lightly grease and flour two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, vegetable oil/applesauce, 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.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into center of a loaf comes out clean.
  4. As the bread is cooling make the pecan praline topping. Combine melted butter and brown sugar. Microwave for 3 minutes, stirring at 1 minute intervals; mix in pecans. Pour praline sauce over hot bread. Then let cool for 1 hour before serving.

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34 thoughts on “Cantaloupe Bread with Pecan Praline Glaze

  1. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Canteloupe bread?? I never would have thought of this!! I bet this is amazing! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      RancherMan has dug into one loaf of bread (hard) and I warned him that the other loaf was in the freezer for future impromptu covered-dish gathering use. His comment was “Well, maybe you need to make another batch!” LOL He loves it. ~TMH~

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  2. Beverly

    Will that is a first for me – baking with cantaloupe. What a shame that the topping was falling off. Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Hope you come back next week so I can stop by again. Bev

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Me too – and to be honest I didn’t know how I felt about it. Cantaloupe? In BREAD? But yeah, it’s delicious… ~TMH~

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  3. Kim Smith

    Got to try this. It looks so good and the praline topping should just add to the pleasure. I am visiting from the Blog Hop at Oakhill Homestead.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’m so glad you stopped by, Kim. I’m going to try the praline topping with a splash of milk to see if I can make it softer and less crumbly. It was delicious don’t get me wrong, but I want a pretty presentation when I’m serving as well. ~TMH~

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  4. Grandmas House DIY

    Oh my gosh what an idea and it looks wonderful! – Pinned! Thank you for sharing with at the To Grandma’s House we go Wednesday link party! Hope to see you there again tomorrow!

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  5. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Cantaloupe in bread. What an interesting idea! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned, yummed and tweeted!

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  6. Michelle

    When I saw your link on the blog hop I had to check it out. I’ve never heard of cantaloupe bread. I’m going to pin it for the future when I might have cantaloupe I need to use. I could have tried it just a few weeks ago, but not now. Darn. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I pureed and froze the excess cantaloupe from my garden, Michelle. Now I’ll be able to whip up this delicious bread for the next pot-luck luncheon we attend. It’s delicious! ~TMH~

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  7. Susan @ Culinary Envy

    Well this is a first! I have never thought of cantaloupe for making bread! I do love the fruit, so I am very excited to try it!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It’s delicious Susan – sweet and flavorful. There’s no strong taste of cantaloupe in this bread just like there’s no strong taste of squash in zucchini bread. But what a wonderful (and delicious) way to use cantaloupe excess? Try it! ~TMH~

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  8. Janet Vinyard

    Hi Tammy, I love cantaloupe so I’m sure I’d like this bread! What a novel idea! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Do it Janet, you won’t be sorry. Be prepared though, lots of folks will be asking for the recipe. It’s that good… ~TMH~

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  9. Jamie

    I’ve never heard of using cantaloupe in a baking recipe – this sounds amazing! 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

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  10. Katrin

    Oh this looks delicious, I have never heard of cantaloupe bread, now I want to try it!! I love them fresh as is, so I can imagine that this bread must be amazing!

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  11. Leanna

    Cantaloupe what a great idea. I opened the post when I saw praline I need a new topping recipe, but now I am going to make the cantaloupe bread as well. Pinning.

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  12. Renee

    Wow! I would have never thought of cantaloupe! I love it when someone thinks outside of the box. We didn’t have much of a garden this year, but are hoping to next year. i will pin this for the future. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Me too, Renee. I wasn’t wowed by the thought either – nor was RancherMan. But when I cut him a slice of the bread hot out of the oven, well he was certainly wowed. I’ve got more pureed cantaloupe in the freezer and once it cools down a bit I’ll be baking up more loaves of cantaloupe bread and freezing them to bring to the many covered-dish luncheons that are sure to be coming up. ~TMH~

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  13. Cynthia D

    This looks really good. I love cantaloup, but my husband doesn’t. Did your husband like the bread? If he did maybe my husband would like it too.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      He loved it Cynthia, but then again it doesn’t taste like cantaloupe. Just like zucchini bread doesn’t taste like squash, this bread doesn’t taste like cantaloupe. It has a sweet, deserty taste. YUM! ~TMH~

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