July 21, 2007

Zucchini Cheddar Bread

I'm not a big fan of the usual, rather-too-sweet, form of zucchini bread. But I have too much zucchini lying around and decided to make some anyway (hoping that the friends we were meeting with today would eat most of it so I wouldn't have to).

So I pulled out the Joy of Cooking this morning only to find a lovely, savory recipe for zucchini bread. I didn't have any scallions so I used two enormous cloves of garlic (all mushed up) instead. It came out quite lovely.

3 cups freshly ground whole grain flour (I used hard red wheat.)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
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1 cup coarsely shredded zucchini
3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped scallions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill, or, 2 teaspoon dried
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2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk (i used plain yogurt since i had no buttermilk in the house)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) warm melted butter

Whisk the flour, bakking powder, salt and soda together. Add and toss to separate and coat with flour the zucchini, cheese, scallions, parsley and dill. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk and butter together in another bowl, then add to the flour mixture. Mix with a few light strokes just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix; the batter should not be smooth. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely ont he rack.


  1. Sounds lovely and I have noted it for a friend.

  2. I don't know that I've ever eaten a sweet bread with garlic in it. Interesting.

  3. I'd give it a try. Ever hear about the garlic festival in CA? They have things like garlic ice cream there. I'd have to try that...it's a moral imperative.

  4. it's not a sweet bread.

    i don't usually like zucchini bread exactly because it is sweet. that's why i was thrilled to find a savory zucchini bread recipe.

  5. there's a restaurant in SF called "the stinking rose" that serves garlic in everything (including the ice cream). i've only eaten there once but the food was quite good.

  6. Sounds yummy. Darryl never makes any bread that doesn't have some sort of raisin in it. I think he hates me.

  7. Skip the bread, read the HP book!

  8. I started it finally. I'm only a couple of chapters in. But then I realized that I haven't booked Rob's flights for August or September yet. So I'm rushing to do that before I forget and end up having to do it all while in Michigan.

    Ironically, flights appear to have gone down since the last time I looked them up. They've been really low this summer. Usually they don't go down till September, then they shoot back up by early November.

    Unfortunately, after I'm done booking flights I have to get the house ready for the next set of guests. (The others left this morning.) *sigh* I may have to skip sleeping tonight and just read....

  9. Unless you can get here this weekend, you'll have to wait until next year: http://www.gilroygarlicfestival.com/

  10. Sounds like something I would try just to say I tried it.

    A co-worker brought some home made jalapeño ice cream for us to try last summer. It was...well, something I can say I've tried.

  11. My wife and I are pretty stout garlic consumers. We'll often roast a garlic bulb and have it with whatever meal we're enjoying.


  12. That's how I feel every time my wife makes her brother a home made carrot cake and when I complain she makes me brownies that she bakes for approximately 3 and a half minutes. I don't like eating brownies with a spoon. Nuts to that.


  13. That sounds so good right now! :-) I think I may try it this week.

  14. looks good! .. I'd love to try, Thanks for sharing


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