I am a glutton for punishment. 91 degrees, super humid, and what do I do, I turn on the oven to make bread. And this is after I drag the poor mr to the middle of a field on the hottest most humid day to pick strawberries. He didn't complain once (well, maybe on our walk back to the car, but I was bitching a little too).
At home. recuperating from the picking, I made myself a snack of shredded zucchini with chopped strawberries covered in black pepper (try it, it is so freaking good) and was like "this would make a killer bread situation". And that's when I turned on the oven and went to town making bread with the zucchini and strawberries (minus the pepper cause, well I wasn't sure if the mr would like it, but I think I'll add it to the next loaf). And I know, hot day, hot oven=no but really, I was so F*ing hot that I didn't think I could have gotten any hotter, so I figured why the hell not turn on the oven. (The mr and he pup where at the other house so I wasn't torturing them with the heat)
And when the mr came home sure the house was still hot, there was fresh loaf of the sweetest smelling strawberry zucchini bread waiting for him. And so what ifI might have been slightly delirious, I had accomplished something great and was then okay with spending the rest of the say laying in a heap on the floor.
The mr says the bread was worth it.
The stuff. A good sized zucchini and a pint or so of the loveliest strawberries . Also have a bowl with flour (all purpose and while whole wheat) baking soda and baking powder, and a little salt. Sugar, oil, cinnamon, and a little vinegar are needed and a handful of walnut if you want too.
Oil and sugar go into a bowl and get mixed together until combined.
Zucchini gets shredded and added to the bowl.
And strawberries get chopped (stems removed) and go into the bowl along with the zucchini.
Mix the wet mixture up until it starts to get all juicy then mix in the vinegar.
The dry stuff gets mix together along with the walnuts.
Now in goes the wet mixture. Mix it all together until just combined (don't over mix)
Batter goes into a nicely greased pan and if you have it, sprinkle a little brown sugar on top.
Pop pan into preheated oven to do it's thing.
And it's thing it did. All dark brown and pretty with red and green bits all over. Quite the stunning loaf if I do say so myself. Remove from pan and let the bread cool for a little while..(you should wait until it's completely cooled, but at 15 minutes would be ok)
You have waited long enough.. time to cute the bread.
Bread all day long.
Strawberry Zucchini Bread
makes 1 loaf
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup brown sugar plus about a tablespoon to sprinkle on top
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 medium zucchini (2ish cups shredded)
- 1 pint fresh strawberries (about 2 cups chopped)
- 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder ans soda, salt, cinnamon, Toss in the walnuts as well.
In a separate bowl mix together the sugar and oil until combined then shred zucchini and dump it it. Grab strawberries, remove the stems, and chop those up into small chunks and add to the bowl with the zucchini. Mix until everything is mixed and starts to get juicy then mix in the vinegar.
Now dump the wet mixture into the dry and mix just until everything is incorporated and pour/scrape batter into a well greased loaf pan. Sprinkle he top with a little brown sugar and stick the pan into the oven.
Let cook for about an hour or until the top is a deep brown and a tester stuck into the middle comes out clean. Once out of the oven, let cool for a a few minutes, remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Cut cooled bread and eat it to your face.