Sunday, July 29, 2007

Zucchini Bread (Fruit or Veggie Sweet Bread)

I love looking through my old cookbook full of recipes I've gathered through the years. I have to be careful though cause all the pages are falling out. Each recipe takes me to a different time and place where I shared good times with friends and family. Just this week, I was looking through my book and remembering my dear friend, Katja. (Don't you think we look alike? Everyone we met thought that Annie (my real sister) and I were Katja's sister) Anyway, Katja was an amazing cook and seemed to be able to do just about anything without a recipe - just a dash more of this and a pinch more of that and waaalaaa a delectable masterpiece!

This time of year most of us have a home-grown zucchini laying around (even if we don't have a garden) and need something to do with it. There's lots of creative recipes out there, but this week I decided to go with the traditional zucchini bread. It was delicious! Thanks Katja!

The thing that I love about this recipe is that it can be any kind of bread - read below for different variation ideas.

Stir together the following ingredients:

3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 c chopped nuts (optional)

Beat the following till well blended:

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup oil

Stir in 1 tsp of vanilla and one of the following:

a) 2 cups coarsley shredded zucchini OR
b) 2 cups chopped seeded & peeled tomatoes OR
c) 2 cups shredded apples & 1 tsp lemon juice OR
d) 1 Tbsp grated orange peel cobined with 1 cup mashed banana & 1 finely chopped orange equalling 2 cups

Pour into greased and floured loaf pans. Bake 50-60 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven. Let stand for 10 minutes, then turn out on rack to cool. Makes 2 loaves.


Jessica said...

I don't think I mentioned, but this is definately my favorite blog ever. I tell all my friends about "Delights by Daisy." I can't wait to make the 3 leches cake or the bread.
Thanks for sharing your genious talents!

Lindy said...

Daisy, I'm going to try your zucchini bread recipe. Our neighbor gave us some of their garden zucchini, and we're tired of eating it as a dinner side dish. I made some chocolate zucchini cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and they were great. So now onto the bread! Thanks for sharing these...good stuff.