I ran out of time yesterday so didn't post this recipe, but here it is...complete with photo...today! Please keep in mind with this recipe that I'm not one of those who measures things most of the time so the amounts are approximate. You may, for instance, need to add a bit more flour to make the dough stiff enough. Not measuring things drives my poor daughter Batty since she is very much a follow-the-recipe cook, (and a good one too I might add) so for her...and for you poor readers who might want to try out a recipe or two...I do try to stop and measure things.
In any case: this is a savoury, stick-to-your ribs bread that is high on the list of favourites here in Blether House; I hope that you, too, enjoy it!
Zucchini Cheddar Quick Bread
2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/3 c. + 1/4 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 small zucchini, grated - do not drain!
2 large eggs
1/3 c. buttermilk (or regular milk with 1/2 tsp. lemon juice added)
1 1/2 tsp. Each: baking powder and dried dill
1 tsp. Each: baking soda, garlic powder, and dried chives
salt to taste
Heat oven to 325 F. (165 C.) and spray and flour your loaf pan.
Place all dry ingredients (with the exception of the 1/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese) in a large mixing bowl, mix lightly and create a well in the center. Put eggs, undrained zucchini and buttermilk into the well and stir thoroughly by hand; dough should be fairly stiff and sticky. Add more flour or buttermilk as needed to make a 'biscuit-like dough'. Spoon dough into your prepared bread pan and bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Scatter reserved cheddar cheese over the top of the bread and return to oven for an additional 5 minutes. Enjoy! Oh and btw, this makes a wonderful sandwich with some turkey but is excellent just with a bit of butter as well.
The Great Scot has taken two thick slices of this to work every day this week! Speaking of whom...3M has what I like to call 'hollow leg syndrome' again. To give you an example of a typical lunch taken to work: 1 big container of Spicy Tomato soup with meatballs, 2 thick slices of zucchini-cheddar bread with butter, 1 slice of Play With Me cake, 1 fruit and grain or granola bar, 3 Butterfinger candy bars, 3 slices of cheddar cheese, 1 container of yoghurt and a bag of potato crisps (potato chips). Oh, and lets not forget the full flask of coffee and a bottle of Coke! (And the things 3M gets from the vending machines, lol.)
Good thing for the day: We're making Butterscotch-Pecan Oatmeal cookies this weekend!
About me: (A big thank you to Nancy at A Rural Journal for inspiring this idea.) I am a moderate but in some areas I am wildly liberal whilst in others I am surprisingly (to others) conservative.