Posts Tagged "bread"

Zucchini-Carrot Bread

When I first heard of zucchini bread, I thought it sounded odd. This was during my not-quite-as-adventurous food days. I was in college and my roommate’s grandmother sent her back to our apartment with a loaf. I was hesitant to try it, but after my first bite, I was hooked. It’s so moist and so glorious that I can’t wait for the first sign of zucchini at the market every summer.

The following recipe is based off of one found in Sur la Table’s cookbook Eating Local. As usual, I’ve made some adjustments. Though I’m not including it in the below recipe, the book uses 1/2 a cup of minced candied ginger. It is a wonderful addition, and if you happen to have some, do add it. I don’t often have it on hand, so I don’t usually use it.

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And so, the recipe:

Preheat the oven to 325. Coat two loaf pans with butter or cooking spray. (I, personally, prefer butter.)

Stir together:

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour*
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

In a separate bowl, whisk:

3 eggs

Whisk in:

1 cup of canola or safflower oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar*

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger

Once the sugar has dissolved, whisk in:

1 cup of grated carrots**
1 cup of grated zucchini**

Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture all at once. Stir just until blended. Divide the batter into the two loaf pans. Bake about 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it sit in the pans for ten minutes before removing the bread from the pan and cooling it on a rack.

Once the bread has cooled, you can freeze a loaf, if need be.

*One of my goals this summer is to try and tweak this recipe even more and use less sugar and white flour. If I succeed, I will post it here.

**I use my food processor to shred the carrot and zucchini. I’ve used a box grater before, but it’s time consuming. If you have a food processor, use it.

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Dough: Simple Contemporary Bread by Richard Bertinet

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Dough: Simple Contemporary Bread by Richard Bertinet (9781904920205)

Put simply: I love this book. Over the past few years, I’ve tried many different bread recipes. Some came out well, some failed, but all of them were always too dense. That changed when I got this book. Every single recipe I’ve tried so far has been delicious. Even when I screw something up, it still somehow turns out okay. And my bread is so light and airy now! I know several people who own this book, and they all say the same thing. Richard Bertinet’s method of kneading dough is so simple that I really believe that anyone could use this book and master the art of making bread. I’ve used it so many times that there’s a thin layer of flour and even dough on many of the pages. Buy this book. Eat bread. Be happy.

And in case I haven’t convinced you enough, here are some photos of the bread I’ve made from this book.

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