Quick Breads

Zucchini Spice Bread

Last week was quite the week.

no joke.

Let’s kick this story off with the best part first. Having my parents here for TWO whole weeks was simply spectacular. There are no words to describe having the family all together in the same house, even though that statement probably makes me sound like a typical mother (although I’m anything but typical). Even though Dad wanted to send a letter to upper management (i.e. me) about the absence of a TV in their room, the lack of a private bathroom, and the close living quarters, I think know they enjoyed being with us.

Imagine my disappointment when they tell me they’re never coming back.

I’m kidding, I’m kidding – call off the execution squad, please….

Let’s see…. what else happened….. at the top of the list, both dogs came down with a raging case of skin crawling bugs, which translated into, “Welcome to Texas, ma’am, your dogs have fleas…..”

Ugh.

That tidbit of news set off a sequence of events which necessitated a trip not only to the vet for once-a-month anti-flea medicine, but also to Petsmart for flea shampoo and carpet/furniture spray – then washing just about everything washable in the house, bathing both dogs repeatedly to remove the offending bugs, and treating the inside of the house twice to get rid of everything.

It was lovely, really…..

However, before that happened, my darling Sabrina, after visiting the doctor for her monthly checkup, was informed that her triglycerides are at three times their normal level, which meant going off her Accutane and onto a strict low-carb diet for two weeks.

On the positive side, she feels better and has lost quite a few pounds. On the negative side, she’s ready to take a hostage for a piece of bread or a cookie…..

Anyway, Mom and Dad left Saturday, and I still can’t figure out how they were able to escape – since I was holding on to both of their legs as they attempted to leave. I’m suffering from post-visitor-departure-syndrome (yes I made that up thankyouverymuch) and although they claim they’ll be back in a few weeks, I have my doubts.

Serious doubts.

May have to call in the big guns (i.e. Sabrina and Alexander) for help.

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Zucchini Spice Bread – adapted from Martha Stewart

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup blueberries (optional, I just happened to have a small bag in the freezer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, and set aside. Grate zucchini on the large holes of a box grater (to yield 1 3/4 cups); set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, oil, vanilla, and eggs.

Into a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture, and stir to combine well. Stir in grated zucchini.

 

Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack, then reinvert, top side up. Cool completely before slicing.

 

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