We had the children’s day celebration at our apartment complex for which they organised a drawing and colouring contest. Sounds good, right? But no. Parents were breathing down the necks of the little ones (read 8 to 10 year olds!) giving them detailed instructions on what they need to draw or the colour they need to use. My daughter made those sad puppy dog eyes making me feel like an ignorant negligent parent in contrast. I have been ranting ever since to all and sundry about how parents need to leave their kids alone to take their own decisions and make their own mistakes so that they can learn their own lessons. Then I found out that the kid whose mom gave the maximum instructions actually won the contest. Now I am in two minds – maybe I should have helped her afterall. She would not have been heartbroken about not winning. But then maybe this will help her deal with life better in the long run. Parenting is tough! Rant complete and I am feeling better already.
Now on to the dish of the day. I luckily found zucchinis at the local supermarket much to my surprise. I grabbed it and simply had to make a zucchini bread. It turned out fabulous especially with all that cheese in it. Since it is a quick bread, I could eat some before the daughter was back from school and became competition. Yay!
I have begun to replace all purpose flour with wheat flour in most recipes except yeast bread where I think they make a significant difference to the airiness of the bread. In muffins, quick breads, etc. I can manage a reasonable amount of lightness to the dish with whole wheat flour. You could use all purpose flour in this dish just as the original recipe.
Adapted from here
Makes one 7″ loaf
WHAT WE NEED
Zucchini, grated 3/4 cup
Whole wheat flour 1 cup
Baking powder 1 tsp
Baking soda 1/4 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Milk 1/2 cup
Apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 tsp
Olive Oil 1 1/2 tbsp
Cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 cup heaped
Mixed herbs 2 tsp
WHAT TO DO
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- Grease and line a loaf tin with parchment paper
- Squeeze the grated zucchini gently to release some liquid. I did not do it because I used whole wheat flour which absorbs more water and I did not want the bread to be dry. Squeeze out some liquid (around 2 tsp or so) if you are using all purpose flour.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together
- In another bowl, combine the milk and vinegar. Any vinegar will do. I used apple cider vinegar
- The milk will curdle a bit. Then add the egg and oil and mix well
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix to combine ensuring no dry flour is left
- Add the zucchini, cheese and mixed herbs and mix lightly
- Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour
- If the toothpick inserted comes clean, the bread is done
- Cool it for 10-15 minutes in the loaf tin and then unmould it on to the wire rack to cool further
- Once it is completely cooled, (around an hour) slice and serve
This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, Cuisine of the USA.