I am totally in love with the weekend. Fritz and I zipped through quite a bit of our (lengthy) to-do list, and I still had time to do some reading, make this bread, and am now making pizza for dinner!
One is a veggie pizza with red sauce (broccoli and green onion from our CSA box) and the other is a white pizza with pesto, ham, and fresh-picked basil. The pizza dough is resting as we speak and the pizza stone is heating up in the oven. Sometimes it’s really nice to make dinner and not blog it–I can move quickly, not worry about making a mess, and also not care a whit that it’s raining outside and my light is rapidly disappearing. Not to mention Fritz will actually get to eat hot food for once!
Today was also Fritz’s first time ever having zucchini bread–and now he is one step closer to being a real American.
- 2 C flour–I used 1 C white and 1 C whole-wheat
- 2 T wheat germ
- 2 t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/3 C each raisins and chopped walnuts
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 C shredded zucchini (just wash it, but leave the skin on)
- 1 T maple syrup
- 1 1/4 C skim milk
For the topping:
- 2 T flour
- 2 T brown sugar
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 1/2 T butter
This is a quick and easy recipe to throw together, with an impressive taste. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and oil a loaf pan, then line it with parchment paper (makes it much easier to get the dang thing out).
I just love the way a loaf pan looks, all ready to go. So full of possibility.
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, wheat germ, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, raisins, and walnuts. Give them a quick stir, then add the rest of the ingredients (except for the stuff for the topping…duh). Mix until combined and relatively lump-free (I mean, there are raisins in there and stuff), then pour into the loaf pan.
For the topping, use a fork to squish all the ingredients around until they form large crumbs, then drop over the top of the bread batter.
Bake on a middle rack in your oven until an inserted skewer comes out dry and it is a totally gorg deep brown, about an hour. Remove and cool before slicing (riiiiiight…). My topping sank down a bit into the loaf while baking, which actually made for a nice suprise during the subsequent consumption.
Serve this baby with butter, and iced coffee left over from the dregs of your husband’s earlier pot. Yum. A new and rare indulgence.
I handed a plate with a piece of bread on it to Fritz while he was locked away in our bedroom studying, and he came dashing out of the room looking incredulous. “Zucchini!”, he cried. “Such a moist loaf with the glorious textural addition of walnuts!”
Or something like that. Needless to say, he really liked it.
He’s a real American now.