I know, I know, enough with the Bittman recipes, but every one (other than the nut cream sauce which was my fault) has been so good and generally unique that I can't help but turn to it with each new harvest. With the start of the abundance of zucchini we get from the farm, I needed something to do with it all. I think I have made 5 loaves so far, and will probably make another one tonight.
I remember growing up making my grandmother's recipe for zucchini bread with bran cereal. My mom and I would heat it up in the microwave and put a little slab of butter on top. A loaf wouldn't last very long, and even my vegetable-picky dad would gobble it up.
This bread, I hesitantly say, is a bit better than my grandmothers, and a bit cheaper to make (who has bran cereal just hanging out in their pantry regularly?).
4 T cold butter, cut into bits
2 c flour
1 c sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t salt
3/4 c fruit juice (oj or apple) or milk
1 T grated orange zest
1 c raw, shredded zucchini
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
Stir dry ingredients together, then cut into the flour mixture (can use a food processor or stand mixer) until pieces are no larger than a pea.
Beat together zest, juice, and egg and mix into dry ingredients just until incorporated. Fold in zucchini and pour into bread pan. Bake for about one hour and cool.