Monday, October 19, 2009

Zucchini, Banana, Apple and Pumpkin Bread

Oh, I know what your thinking. Zucchini, bananas, apples and pumpkin all mix together sounds really gross, and I agree.  All I'm saying is that I make the same quick bread batter for each of these. A quick bread is just a bread that is made without yeast and there for does not require the time to ferment and then raise. It is baked as soon as it's made. Quick breads, when made correctly, come out moist and almost melt in your mouth. The trick is to not over mix the batter. The wet ingredients are combined into the dry and stirred or folded in until just combined. I have provided pictures of this so you know just exactly what I'm talking about.

Batter Ingredients:
-makes 2 loaves

3 cups flour
3/4 c veg or canola oil
3 eggs, beaten
1 c sugar
1 tsp b soda
1tsp b powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c chopped nuts (optional)

Zucchini: 2 cups finely shredded, unpeeled zucchini
Apple: 2 cups finely shredded, peeled apple
Pumpkin: 1 (15oz) can or 2 cups pumpkin puree
Banana: 2 c mashed bananas or about 6 medium to large, very ripe

Grease your loaf pans and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, b. powder, b. soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in the nuts if using. Make a well in the center and set aside.
In a med bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil, and your zucchini, apple, pumpkin or bananas.
Dump it all at once into the well you made in the flour. Using a wooden spoon stir until moistened. The batte will be lumpy and not look completely mixed.

Pour into pans and back 50-60 minutes in a preheated 350 oven or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack.

H A P P Y  C O O K I N G !!

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