Sunday, September 5, 2010

Zucchini Bread

I really love quick breads. They are super easy to make and always taste great. There isn't a weekend in the fall and winter when I don't make quick breads. It's great for school snacks for during the week. I always have to make 2 loafs, one for right when it gets out the oven and one to save for during the week. 
Banana bread is the families favourite quick bread that's for sure, also popular is zucchini bread. 

As you can see by the piece of paper it gets used quite often. I have had this recipe for many years. This time I decided to sub the 1 cup of vegetable oil I usually use with something a bit healthier. Applesauce is always a good substitute for oil in baking recipes. But since I had just picked up two tubs of greek yogurt I decided I was going to use that as my substitute. After looking at some other recipes where yogurt was used I came up with a ratio of oil/yogurt/buttermilk. I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I now have tweaked this recipe enough that I can call it my own.  Hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. 

Zucchini Bread
(yields 2 loafs) 
4 cups grated zucchini (grated, squeezed and drained) 
4 eggs 
1/3 cup canola oil 
3/4 cup greek yogurt (or plain yogurt) 
1/3 cup buttermilk 
1tsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour 
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour 
3/4 cups wheat germ (optional) 
2tsp baking powder 
1tsp baking soda 
1tsp salt 
1tsp freshly ground nutmeg 
1tsp ground ginger 
1/4tsp allspice 
1/2tsp cinnamon 
1 cup chopped apricots (or raisins, prunes, cranberries) 
1Tbsp Flax seeds (optional)  

  1. Mix eggs, sugar, honey, canola oil, greek yogurt, buttermilk. 
  2. Mix flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, salt, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. 
  3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients and stir until combined
  4. Mix in the zucchini and chopped apricots 
  5. Pour the batter in two greased and floured 8x4inch loaf pans, and sprinkle with flax seeds 
  6. Bake in preheated 350F oven until toothpick pushed into the centre comes out clean, around 60-70minutes. 

Happy eating 


ajh said...

Looks great!

mizuno wave said...

wow..that looks delicious. Thanks for this recipe. I also love quick breads. And you helped me out for having one! thanks!

Kirsten said...

The zucchini bread looks great! My mom used to make this a lot when I was a child, so zucchini bread always reminds me f my childhood.

Megan said...

I love making breads. Usually its banana nut. I'll have to try zucchini bread. One is sitting on my counter going bad.

Kevin said...

I made a quick bread the other day. Mine was a combination of zucchini and banana. The combination of the two makes an interesting taste. I just do 50/50 on the two.

Kevin J