Friday, May 01, 2009

Zucchini Cheddar Bread


zucchini bread

I remember the last time I had zucchini bread. I was about 11. I remember putting it in my mouth and instantly spitting it out. I thought it was the worst thing I’d ever tasted.

zucchini bread

But tastes change is 8 years, right? So when Charity of Sweet Charity Pie sent me this recipe, I figured it was time to try it again.

zucchini bread

The zucchini bread I had was sweet, I’m not sure what was in it, but it was nothing like this. This bread is savory and delicious. I substituted onions for the scallions and left out the parsley, and it came out wonderfully. Plus, it’s totally gorgeous, the green and the orange.

I will definitely be having zucchini bread again. Thanks for making me a believer, Charity! Be sure to go to her blog, she should have a post on this bread up today.

zucchini bread

Zucchini Cheddar Bread

10-12 servings.

Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch (8-cup) loaf pan.

Whisk together in a large bowl:

3 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Add and toss to separate and coat with flour:

1 cup coarsely shredded zucchini

3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup chopped scallions (or white onion)

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon snipped fresh dill, or 2 teaspoons dried

Whisk together in another bowl:

2 large eggs

1 cup buttermilk

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) warm melted unsalted butter or vegetable oil

Add to the flour mixture and mix with a few light strokes just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix; the batter should not be smooth. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes before unmolding to cool completely on the rack.

P.S. No buttermilk? Add a touch of vinegar to 1 cup of milk. That’s what I did and it worked perfectly.

32 comments:

  1. That is how I felt/still feel about it. The only zucchini bread I've had was sweet and really dense... ugh. This recipe intrigues me...

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  2. Oooooh! I love how it looks with flecks of orange cheddar and bits of green herbs!! I ended up using asiago, and while it's very pretty, I didn't get the same effect... I really loved the crumb on this quick bread, it reminded me of a really good scone. So glad you liked it!

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  3. The zucchini cheddar bread looks delcious! I know what you mean, there are so many things I eat now I never would have when I was younger.

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  4. A zucchini bread with cheddar, you say? I think a little sharp cheese can make just about anything taste better- that and a palate that's had 8 years to develop.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Great photos, as always...

    -Siri

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  5. I had a tuna salad sandwich for lunch...... I wish I had a few slices of this bread instead!

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  6. I LOVE zucchini bread, but have never had a savory version. Thanks for sharing Hannah!

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  7. It looks delicious! The colors are so pretty! Lovely pictures...
    Happy Friday!
    Kendall

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  8. I love savory breads - especially ones that contain cheese. Your photos are gorgeous, by the way.

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  9. I actually love sweet traditional zucchini bread but this looks intriguingly delicious! Plus, come summer when the zucchinis are coming at us like vermin, it'll be great to have lots of different recipes. Can't wait to try it!

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  10. Oh thank goodness someone's come up with a savory zucchini bread. the one and only time i made a choc zucchini bread, my reaction was similar to what you'd written. i think i'll give this a shot. it looks too delicious not to try.

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  11. This sounds absolutely delicious! I'm definitely going to give this a try. And I agree, the orange and green--lovely!

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  12. Yum! I've never thought of a more savory zucchini bread, but this sounds so good!

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  13. I will def. have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

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  14. I love the addition of cheese to this zuchini bread recipe. Sounds savory and so yummy. I will be bookmarking this to make soon!

    Great pics!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  15. this one sounds almost exactly like the one from the "joy of cooking" (is it the same one, perhaps it is?)...i have made it many times and it's incredibly delicious. the dill, scallions, and cheese totally make it so incredible.

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  16. Thank you for sharing. I just had a slice, and it was delicious, though I'd probably make it with more cheese next time, and more zucchini. I think the issues was my Cheddar was not as sharp and orange as I would have liked to (I'm in Germany, not a prime market for good cheddar), so that may have been the culprit. Either way, thank you, it's delicious nonetheless.

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  17. I like savoury zucchini breads and this one sounds really good!

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  18. Thanks for the great recipe! I took some liberties with it and substituted yellow summer squash for the zucchini and feta cheese for the cheddar, and cumin for the herbs. It smells fantastic!

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  19. This bread was delicious and smelled divine in the oven. I'm definitely making this again and trying different cheeses. Yummy!

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  20. I fiddled with it a bit based on what I had available, but boy was it good! Mine came out looking more biscuit-y than yours, not that there's anything wrong with biscuits...

    Question though, when I added the wet to the dry the texture was still very dry, like a really thick cookie dough but with pretty big areas of flour that didn't get moist at all. Is that normal? I added some more buttermilk to loosen it up and it tasted great, but I wonder if it was supposed to be that way.

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  21. I'm trying this today. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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  22. It's in the oven right now!!! Thanks so much for this recipe, I can't wait to taste it!

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  23. i just baked this in the form of muffins and they're like slightly dense biscuits. i also added about a teaspoon and a half of ground mustard and, like you, left out the parsley. simply amazing.

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  24. I made this yesterday, and it was perfect. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

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  25. Just pulled this out of the oven and it's just beautiful and delicious and so perfect. I may add more cheese next time just because, well...it's cheese.

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  26. Hey, I have The Joy of Cooking, too! Good stuff.

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  28. Love zucchini bread! After searching for a savory zuch bread without sugar, I was so happy to find this one! Making it this week to serve grilled with an avocado chicken salad with grilled peaches and plums!!!!

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