Friday Baking : Zucchini Bread

This Friday baking we are celebrating Zucchini Bread day but with a twist : Orange zest .

Orange Zucchini Bread :

  •  2 cups all purpose flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  ½ teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 teaspoon kosher salt
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  •  3 large eggs, at room temperature
  •  1¾ cup sugar
  •  1 cup olive oil
  •  2 teaspoon orange extract (or vanilla extract)
  •  Zest of one orange
  •  1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  •  2½ cups finely grated zucchini
  •  ½ cup pecans, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large loaf pan with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
  3. In another medium bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and olive oil together until combined. Add in the vanilla extract, zest and orange juice. Beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture in one addition and stir until combined. Stir in the zucchini and pecans.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes until bread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Let bread cool in pan for 10 mins then turn out and let cool completely on a cooling rack.

All about Zucchini:

So, here’s the thing: All zucchini are squash, but not all squash are zucchini. … The term “squash” refers to a plant species within the gourd family, which is further divided into winter squash and summer squash.

So, is there a difference between green squash and zucchini? Absolutely, not! In fact, zucchini is a squash, that is green in color and grown locally all summer long. Zucchini serves as a great source of vitamin C and manganese, making it the perfect addition to your meals in a variety of ways.

Both zucchini and younger yellow squash can be used interchangeably in recipes and in combination with each other. Try swapping in yellow squash in your favorite zucchini bread recipe or spiralizing both for a colorful bowl of vegetable noodles.

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