I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since my last post! We took a little vacation to the Colorado mountains with friends recently and enjoyed some beautiful, warm weather and lots of fun activities which I'll share at the end of this post.
It seems the warmth followed us home. Are you having the same heat-wave that we are? The past week has brought unseasonably warm and dry weather to the Midwest. It's been in the upper 80s to mid 90s Fahrenheit! Needless to say, my zucchini and tomato plants are loving the heat.
Trying to make good use of my zucchini bounty, I made this recipe that I had seen online recently that combined zucchini with my other love - lemon. The original recipe calls for glazing the zucchini bread with a drizzle of lemony frosting, but trying to keep it more calorie-friendly, I omitted that step. I will include the glaze in the recipe in case you'd rather it be a little sweeter.
I pulled out my late mom's old Ekco loaf pans which made some lovely golden loaves.
The bread turned great! It was so moist I was happy I didn't glaze it. I loved seeing all the beautiful flecks of green zucchini and yellow lemon zest inside. It was pretty hard to keep myself from eating slice after slice while taking these photos ;)
Here's a tip for those of you who do grow zucchini, or have a friend or neighbor that gifts you bags of it. Freeze fresh zucchini for your fall and winter baking projects or for the next time you're craving zucchini fritters! Simply grate the zucchini on a box grater, or use the grating attachment on your food processor. Remove as much excess moisture as possible by putting it in a clean tea towel and ringing it, or use a potato ricer, which is my preferred method. After squeezing out the moisture, you can simply tap out the grated zucchini patty from the potato ricer and freeze it until firm, then place it in plastic zipper bags to use whenever you like.
Back to the little trip we took the second week of September! We have good friends who have a home in Edwards, Colorado which is just west of Vail. We had glorious sunny and warm days which were spent golfing, hiking and river rafting. It was my first time river rafting and it was quite
Since you do get entirely soaked while going through the rapids I couldn't film the raft ride but if you want to get a little idea of what it was like, take a look at the Rock Garden's website here. We had an experienced helmsman who was great.
One day, we walked through the Village of Vail and had lunch. The village is so picturesque and was modeled after European ski towns. If you look carefully, you can see someone tending the flowers outside the middle floor in the upper-right photo. Every hotel and business prides itself on its floral displays.
I hope you enjoyed my short Colorado mountain tour and please also enjoy this lovely zucchini bread!
Lemon-Zucchini BreadPrintable Recipe
Makes two 9×5″ breads
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs 1 cup neutral-flavored oil
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk (or substitute sour cream or Greek Yogurt)
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
Grated zest of 1 lemon, preferably organic so you're not eating pesticides
2 cups grated, unpeeled zucchini with excess moisture pressed out
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Grease and flour 2, 9×5″ loaf pans and set aside. Blend together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs well and then blend in the canola oil and sugar. Mix in the buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Add the zucchini and mix to distribute evenly. Add zucchini mixture to the dry ingredients and gently mix just until blended together. Don’t overmix.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake at 350 degrees for about 35-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Start checking after 35 minutes as some ovens are hotter than others.
Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
If desired, you can glaze the breads after they are cool:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice, more or less to get desired thickness of glaze
1 teaspoon lemon zest
In small bowl, mix powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest until well blended. Spoon glaze over cooled loaf. Let glaze set, then serve.
Adapted from this recipe.