Friday, September 6, 2013


I love baking with olive oil. It has natural emulsifiers that result in very moist and delicious cakes and quick-breads like this one... 

Sometimes I have a toasted, generously buttered slice of this bread for breakfast, or sometimes I make an open-faced sandwich with sliced apples or kiwi fruit. Irresistible!

Zucchini Banana Nut Bread
Makes: 1 9 in. x 4 in. loaf

- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil (or grapeseed oil or melted coconut oil)
3/4 cup demerara sugar (or regular white granulated sugar)
- 2 eggs
- 2 medium over-ripe bananas
- 2 small zucchini, shredded
- generous splash of vanilla extract

- 1/2 cup almonds (or walnuts/any other nuts) - optional
- 2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded dessicated coconut - optional

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F/180 C.
2. Grease and flour a 9 in. x 5 in. loaf pan.
3. In a bowl, mix together the flours and other dry ingredients except the sugar and reserve for later.
4. In a large bowl, using a spoon mix the oil and sugar till the mixture is creamed - it will feel thickened.
5. Add the vanilla extract and break the eggs directly into the bowl.
6. Mix well till the eggs are completely mixed-in.
7. Peel and dice the bananas - I dice them directly into the mixing bowl.
8. Mix well and mash up the bananas coarsely against the wall of the bowl. Over-ripe bananas should easily mash up.
9. Add in the shredded zucchini and the dry ingredients. Also add in the nuts and coconut if using.
10. Mix well into a batter.
11. Pour into the greased, floured loaf pan.
12. Bake at 350 F/180 C for 1 hour.
13. Remove from the oven and insert a skewer or thin knife into the center of the loaf to check doneness. When the skewer or knife comes out dry, the loaf is done.
14. Let it rest and cool for 15 minutes in the loaf pan.
15. Loosen the sides with a knife and invert the loaf pan over a plate to remove the loaf. 
16. Put the loaf right side up on a cooling rack and let it cool completely, about an hour.
17. Enjoy!

1. If you don't have cake flour, you can make it! Here's how: Measure out the all-purpose flour that you’ll need for your recipe. For every cup of flour you measured out, take out two tbsp. of flour and return it to the flour bin. Replace the two tbsp. of flour that you removed with two tbsp. of cornstarch. Sift the cornstarch and flour 4-5 times so that the cornstarch is well mixed with the flour. Et voila! Cake flour!

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