It is the height of squash season right now, and so fresh local zucchinis are super cheap. I bought a 1.5 lb zucchini (yes, this one was a monster, haha) for only $.50. So umm…..this continues the theme of zucchini posts!
This bread turned out really well. It’s a bit dense, but then what gluten free quickbread isn’t? It’s not dry or crumbly at all, it really has a nice texture and moisture content, which I am attributing to the applesauce and zucchini. It worked really well for breakfast with butter and raspberry jam this morning, and, for a slightly different twist, it makes some awesome sandwich bread!
I really loved the oven roasted zucchini in my less than orthodox “ratatouille“, but wanted to use the zucchini in some other ways – the “fettuccine” came out well, and so next is zucchini bread! I had never actually had zucchini bread before, but everyone I know raves about it. To make this quickbread, I used this GF zucchini bread recipe from The Baking Beauties, but I changed the mix up a bit. I used only half of the sugar, because I didn’t want the bread to be quite that sweet, and I changed up the GF flours used a bit with the addition of sorghum flour. I’ve found lately that I’ve had really good luck with the sorghum flour when I incorporate it into my recipes.
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups fresh grated zucchini
3/4 cup tapioca flour
3/4 cup white rice flour
3/4 cup sorghum flour
3/4 cup arrowroot powder (in place of cornstarch)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbs. xantham gum
1 tbs. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1. Preheat to 350F, just like in the other recipes.
2. I did not use a mixer. I used a plain old fashioned, no-power-needed, whisk. It worked fine. I beat the eggs, and then added in the sugar, oil, applesauce, and zucchini. The recipe says to add the zucchini w/ the dry ingredients, but after grating my zucchini I really felt that it was not a dry ingredient, and belonged with the wet. After adding everything, I mixed some more w/ my whisk.
3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together, and gradually add to the wet while stirring. Keep stirring until all the flour is incorporated and you have a smooth texture.
4. Grease a 9″ x 5″ bread pan. To grease a pan, since I don’t like breathing in pump sprays very much, I do it the old fashioned way – take some butter and grease the pan, then coat lightly with flour, and shake. I think greasing a pan by this method works a lot better than spraying some non-stick spray.
5. The Baking Beauties says to fill 2 bread pans half way. My batter only filled one bread pan half way. Maybe I just have an abnormally wide bread pan? Not sure. Do what fits, but don’t fill anything more than half way, because this will rise a lot in the oven.
6. Bake until done. For me this was about an hour, and I used the “sticky knife” test to determine when it was done. I liked the tip on Baking Beauties about adding the aluminum foil if the crust is browning too quickly before the loaf is done. Mine didn’t, but very useful tip if yours does!
By the way, this bread is great w/ melted butter and homemade jam, or as a sandwich, or as toast, the list goes on and on….