Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dealing with the Plethora, III

Zucchini for lunch?
Here's a great recipe for a zucchini bread that I love to eat spread with peanut butter. The added sunflower nuts (shelled seeds) make it special. For many years I made your typical zucchini bread with walnuts or occasionally with raisins, but I like this better!

(I started posting this yesterday, along with the other zuke recipes ... but then K and A arrived, and we went off to play. The girls loved sandwiches made with this bread. They spread their own peanut butter and jam, to the PB&Jelly song ... what fun!)

(Warning! A (gasp!) Political Note on my 'happy talk' blog:
I also appreciate the fact that this recipe calls for sunflower oil, a healthy alternative to the Genetically Modified - sourced oils such as soy, corn and canola that I no longer use. I believe in voting with my wallet, which is why I don't shop at Wallymart or eat at fast food chain restaurants. So kill me.)

Sunflower Zucchini Bread
Source: Country Living Gardener magazine (1993)

1 3/4 cup unsifted flour (I use spelt when I have it)
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup hulled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/2 cup sunflower oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a loaf pan (I use a minimal amount of shortening to stick wax paper to line my loaf pans. Never have a problem with sticking.)

In a large bowl, thoroughly combine dry ingredients, then stir in peel, raisins and sunflower nuts.
In a separate measuring cup combine the shredded zucchini with the wet ingredients.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just incorporated.
Spread batter into the loaf pan and bake 55-60 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean.

Cool bread in pan for at least 10 minutes, then on wire rack until cool.


I'm So Pretty said...

sounds WONDERFUL!!! Can't wait to make this!!

RN in Shaftsburg said...

so glad you are back!!!! (on the blog) I like the recipe for the fritters.Hey how about all of the food producers droping the "partially hydrogenated oils" that are slowly killing us ? I'll vote for that.

dynochick (Jan) said...

I enjoy your blog but I was shocked to finally realize you are in Grand Blanc!!! So am I!!! South of Warwick on Saginaw Rd.

Stop by and visit my garden blog

or my home and kitchen blogs!!!

That fence looks familiar. Are you located in town?


Betsy said...

Hi Pretty,
Did you try the bread yet? I still have a few zukes in the fridge and will probably make some more. Thankfully, we are apres le deluge.
I was about ready to dress up some of the larger as kittens and take them to the humane society after hours in a cardboard box.
Mew, we need a home :)

Hi RN,
Yep, 'specially that hydrogenated peanut butter! Doesn't even taste like peanuts.

Hi Jan,
Aren't the mosquitos a B*#$! this year? I hate to admit I've resorted to spraying myself with chemicals this year, just to go out and deadhead my plants. We're out Perry Road towards Atlas in a very old subdivision. I love reading local blogs, and I recommend ALL of yours to anyone reading this.

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