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    Zucchini Bread

    Zucchini bread is a perennial favorite and what to make when the gardens are overflowing with this summer veggie. This easy bread is tender and gently spiced.

    I still remember the first time I encountered zucchini bread as a teenager. I had a hard time getting my mind around the concept. At the time, zucchini was something my mom made me eat, and not anything you would bake into something sweet.
    Fortunately, the pathway into my naturally resistant-to-new-foods teenage mind had already been cut with carrot cake. Heck, if you could get something that good out of carrots, why not zucchini?
    After one bite, I was sold forever. Grated zucchini, mixed into the batter, brings moisture and tender texture to what is essentially a spice cake.
    VIDEO! How to Make Zucchini Bread

    No need for a mixer
    This is a favorite, tried-and-true zucchini bread recipe. It couldn’t be easier; you don’t need a mixer!
    It’s basically our zucchini muffin recipe in a bread form. It’s a standard quick bread recipe that starts with grated zucchini, about 3 to 4 cups of it. It is pretty forgiving. If you use 4 cups, it will result in a more moist and dense bread.

    How to Prepare the Zucchini for Zucchini Bread
    Grate the zucchini on a standard box grater. No need to peel!
    After grating, place the grated zucchini in a sieve over a bowl to drain any excess moisture while you prep the other ingredients.
    Note that different zucchini can really vary in their moisture content, depending on if they were garden picked in season or store-bought off season.
    A tip I learned from my grandmother is if I grate zucchini and it is on the dry side, to sprinkle water over it, and then let in drain in a sieve.
    What Can I Add to Zucchini Bread?
    Walnuts and pecans are especially good in zucchini bread, and so is dried fruit. I like raisins or dried cranberries, but you can also add shredded coconut, a handful of mini chocolate chips. A bit of orange zest would work too, or grated apples or carrots.
    By the way, I used to also show a second recipe on this page for a version with crushed pineapple. You can now find that recipe here: Zucchini Bread with Pineapple.

    How to Store and Keep Zucchini Bread
    This bread will keep at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap for several days. If you would like to freeze it, wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in a ziptop freezer bag, pressing out as much air as possible.
    Frozen zucchini bread will taste best if you eat it within 3 months. Thaw it on the countertop, still wrapped, or in a low oven. (More freezing and thawing advice in this post.)
    HERE ARE 5 MORE QUICK BREADS YOU MAY LIKE

    Updated July 26, 2020 : We added a video to help guide you through making this recipe. Enjoy! LEGGI TUTTO

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    Soda Farls

    Northern Ireland has its own signature take on soda bread in the form of farl wedges, derived from the Gaelic word fardel, roughly translated to “four part.” Though they’re traditionally baked on an open-hearth flame, we baked our farls on the more modern griddle. In keeping with the methods of the Old World, though, we harned the dough—turning and cooking the sides of the farl to make sharp, crisp edges.

    Soda Farls

    1⅔ cups (208 grams) all-purpose flour
    ¾ teaspoon (2.25 grams) kosher salt
    ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking soda
    3 tablespoons (42 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed and divided
    ¾ cup plus 3 tablespoons (225 grams) whole buttermilk
    Herb Compound Butter (recipe follows)

    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda until well combined. Using your fingers, cut in 2 tablespoons (28 grams) cold butter until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Make a well in center, and add buttermilk. Using a wooden spoon, stir buttermilk into dry ingredients, working from center to outside of bowl, just until combined and a dough forms.
    Turn out dough onto a heavily floured surface, and flour top of dough. Using floured hands, tuck and rotate dough until edges are rounded and even. Pat into an 8-inch circle (½-inch thickness). Using a knife dipped in flour, cut into quarters.
    Preheat a cast-iron griddle to medium heat. (See Note.) Add remaining 1 tablespoon (14 grams) butter to griddle.
    Brush and shake off any excess flour from dough quarters, and place, not touching, on hot griddle. Cook until golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. (Bread will double in size and puff up; if you want a neater look, use knife or bench scraper to keep edges straight.) Turn, and cook until golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. (If you tap bottom of loaf, it should sound hollow.) Stand each farl on its side, and place side by side. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes; repeat with remaining 2 sides. Serve warm with Herb Compound Butter.

    A 12-inch cast-iron skillet will work, too. Cook farls until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes per side.

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    Herb Compound Butter

    ½ cup (113 grams) salted butter, softened
    1 tablespoon (2 grams) chopped fresh dill
    1 tablespoon (2 grams) chopped fresh tarragon
    1 teaspoon (1 gram) lemon zest

    In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients until well combined. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Let stand until softened before serving.

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