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Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer Squash Bread in Your Bread Machine

I just discovered recently that my bread machine has a setting for quick bread. The "quick" setting is for quick breads like banana bread or zucchini bread that call for baking soda or baking powder instead of yeast. There is no kneading or rise cycle on the quick setting--it simply mixes and then bakes.
 

My husband brought home some crookneck squash a coworker grew in his garden...




So we made "summer squash" bread...


Ingredients:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups grated fresh yellow squash, zucchini, or other summer squash
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  •  1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (optional)


This recipe makes about a one pound loaf. You may be tempted to double the amounts, but DON'T! A larger loaf does not come out quite right due to the shape of the bread pan and the timing of the automatic cycle.

Directions:

Place all ingredients into the bread machine, making a well in the flour for the baking soda which goes in last. Put your machine on the quick setting. Three or four minutes into the cycle, scrape down any batter that has accumulated on the sides with a rubber spatula. Done? Okay, you are free to go about your business...

Once your bread machine beeps, remove the pan from the machine. Allow your loaf to cool for several minutes in pan before transferring it to a wire rack to finish cooling...




Wrap in plastic wrap or slice once cool...




Wow! This nutritious squash bread tastes like spice cake! We didn't have to heat up the kitchen by using the oven, and the mixing was done for us! Quick bread doesn't get much quicker than this!








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