The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.
I was excited to see this months challenge, Quick Breads. I love quick breads, they are so easy and are quite similar to cake!
Quick bread is an American term used to denote a type of bread which is leavened with leavening agents other than yeast. Quick bread includes many cakes, brownies and cookies, as well as banana bread, beer bread, cornbread, biscuits, muffins, pancakes, scones, and soda bread.
When the challenge was announced I had huge ambitions! I wanted to make several different flavours such as banana, lemon, chocolate, pumpkin, cheddar and beer. Then I realized, if I make all those I will eat them all, and I don’t need that! I decided I would go with one, a recipe that I remember my Mom used to make when I was little, zucchini bread.
Mom did not do much baking when I was growing up. She is an amazing cook but had no interest in baking. This recipe was one that I remember her making quite a few times, quick, easy and delicious!
Mom’s Zucchini Loaf
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup walnuts
1. Preheat oven 350 F
2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg
3. In a large bowl beat eggs well
4. Add sugar, oil and vanilla – beat
5. Stir in zucchini
6. Add dry ingredients and nuts (I dont like big pieces of nuts in my dessert but I like the flavour so I grind mine up) – stir
7. Divide into 2 8×4 loaf pans and bake 50-60 minutes or until tester comes out clean
8. Remove from pans and cool on rack
The loaf turned out beautiful! The aroma coming from the oven while it baked was amazing, just how I remembered when I was young. The loaf was moist. The flavour combination was wonderful! I’m so glad I decided to go with Mom’s loaf. I had not had it in probably 15 years, but I can see making it again sometime soon!
Thanks Lis for a wonderful challenge!