This is an experiment in cutting back, using less, leaving out, and just generally leaving things alone. You know that when I cook I try to cut back on ingredients that are unhealthy or not good for us, but when it comes to the “good” stuff, well…..that’s another story. My philosophy is usually “more is better”.
Today’s baking session went something like this. I made Blueberry Zucchini Bread, without adding bacon, without lemon zest, without ginger, without crumb topping, without coconut, without chocolate chips. Oh, the more I mention, the more I want to put into this luscious breakfast bread. I keep telling myself, “no, just let it be what it is”. So, Ok, I added blueberries to zucchini bread, but you know, a green veggie is kind of boring, and blueberries are so pretty, and good for us, (antioxidants and all). You’ll be so glad I did all this for you. The resulting bread is just right for breakfast, not too sweet, yet moist with tons of flavor.
Many zucchini bread recipes in my cookbooks seem to call for 1 cup or more of oil, and are also too sweet for my taste, so thinking that the moisture added to this recipe by the zucchini and blueberries would compensate, I reduced the amount of oil to 2/3 cup, and used only 1 cup of sugar instead of two cups as the original recipe called for. Thus you have less is more. Less of the unhealthy and unnecessary ingredients and more of the healthy ingredients that are better for you.
Picky eaters at your house? I’ll bet they’ll be scarfing down this one!
BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI BREAD
Yield: 2 loaves, 8″ x 4″ see accompanying conversion list for other size loaves
- 3 cups flour ( I used 1 1/2 cup white whole wheat, and 1 1/2 cups all purpose white flour)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Lightly grease loaf pans. See conversion list for pan sizes.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
In another bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar.
3. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture and combine until well blended.
Stir in zucchini, then gently fold in blueberries.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pans. Note: if using small pans, set them on a baking sheet for stability in and out of the oven.
4. Bake at 350*F. for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
5. Cool in pans for about 20 minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Wrap in foil to freeze if desired.
Notes from my kitchen: Many times quick breads can be baked in different sizes than the recipe calls for. These are some alternate size pans for when a recipe is based on 2 1/2 – 3 cups of flour. Keep in mind that baking times will vary, so use a cake tester, and rely on color and your sense of smell.
1 ( 9 x 5) loaf pan
2 ( 8 x 4) loaves
4 (6 x 3 x 2-inch) mini loaf pans
1 tube or decorative mold pan
SOURCE: I made some major changes to a basic recipe for zucchini bread that was in my files.