Two Bread Recipes

Everyone likes bread. It’s so communal, and allows for plenty of creative freedom when dried fruit or nuts are added. Here are two basic recipes using some of the most ubiquitous fruits and vegetables around:

Zucchini Bread (for Chris)

adapted fromthe smitten kitchen

3 eggs
1 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups [or more] grated zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cranberries, raisins or chocolate chips or a combination thereof

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans. Or if you are making muffins, line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, as well as chocolate chips and/or dried fruit, if using. Stir this into the egg mixture. Divide the batter into prepared pans. Bake loaves for 60 minutes, plus or minus ten, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Muffins will bake far more quickly, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

Yield: 2 loaves or approximately 24 muffins.


Banana Bread (for Libby)

½ cup Crisco shortening
1 ½ cup sugar
2 eggs
2 large ripe bananas mashed (apx. 1C+)
½ cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ – ¾ cup milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs. Add bananas and sour cream, then all dry ingredients. Add vanilla and mix. Fold in chocolate chips. Grease and lightly flour a bread loaf pan, or put paper liners in muffin tins and fill ¾ full or slightly more.

Bake bread for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick through the middle just comes out clean. Muffins will take less time, only about 25 minutes. 

Makes a dozen muffins, or one loaf of banana bread.


One response to “Two Bread Recipes

  1. Would you like to start the recipe exchange again at BU? Or do you have another site?

    I was going to post a link to it on my site:

    I think I will post the Slow Food link, but let me know if you are interested in adding stuff since I think its a great idea for BU.

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