Monday, June 14, 2010

Zucchini Sweet Potato Bread Recipe


I love zucchini bread and was really intrigued when I came across this recipe for zucchini sweet potato bread. Sweet potatoes in a quick bread?  Why not!  This is a very autumn-ish loaf but we've had a cold spring so one wintry day last week I decided to make this bread.  It was AMAZING - I think it was best warm out of the oven but it's been delicious every time I've nibbled off it.  If you haven't noticed, I'm more of a chocolate girl than a fruits & nuts girl.  I add chocolate to most quick breads and cookies.  But this one I didn't!  I kept with the walnuts and cranberries and I'm SO glad I did!


Source: modified from Joy the Baker
Yields: 1 loaf

INGREDIENTS
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (or omit and just do 2 cups of all-purpose flour)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup grated zucchini (about 2 zucchini)
1 1/2 cup peeled and grated sweet potato (about 1 medium or 1/2 pound sweet potato)
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional)

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9×5x3-inch loaf pan and set aside. 
  2. Sift the flours, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, soda, baking powder and salt into a medium sized bowl. 
  3. In a seperate, large bowl, beat the sugar, brown sugar, and oil. Add eggs one at a time, beat in vanilla extract. Mix in the zucchini and sweet potato. Add the dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Fold in the nuts and cranberries and stir well.
  4. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven about 65-75 minutes, until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool bread in pan on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Wrap in foil and keep at room temperature.

To freeze, wrap in plastic wrap then place in a ziploc freezer bag. Label and remove as much air as possible. You can also cut into slices before freezing then remove slices as desired (thaw/warm in microwave or toaster).