The farmers market was overflowing with zucchini on the weekend and I picked some up. Ever since I discovered quick bread I have wanted to try making a zucchini quick bread. Though zucchini are typically available all year round I had been waiting for it to be in season locally and now was my chance. I had been wanting to try a savoury zucchini bread but when I searched the web I was not able to find many savoury zucchini bread recipes and none of the ones that I did find interested me. I was a bit disappointed but it was no problem as I always enjoy coming up with my own recipes. I started with one of my banana bread recipes as a base and dropped all of the sugar and spices. Of course, the bananas were replaced with zucchini and I added some roasted red peppers, garlic, feta and oregano for some flavour. Since balsamic vinegar goes well with roasted red peppers I added some of that as well. The next step was to replace the butter with olive oil to make it a bit healthier. Since I was adding a lot of solids to the recipe I cut back a bit on the flour and replaced some of it with whole wheat flour. With that, I had my recipe for a savoury zucchini bread.
The zucchini bread was just as easy to make as any other quick bread, which is pretty easy. The aroma coming from the oven while it baked was really amazing. I was barely able to restrain myself from digging into it right as it came out of the oven as I wanted to take a few photos of the loaf. As soon as that was done I had it sliced open really quick. The zucchini bread with roasted red peppers and feta was so good! It was nice and light and moist and full of flavour. The peppers were nice pockets of juicy moistness in the bread and it was always nice to bite into some of the salty feta. The zucchini bread was great all by itself but I had some leftover hummus and decided to try the zucchini bread with some of that along with some fresh tomato and cucumber slices. The combination of the flavours of the zucchini bread along with the creaminess of the hummus and the cool juiciness of the tomatoes and the cucumbers was really nice. With a savoury zucchini bread down, I am now looking forward to trying a more traditional sweet zucchini bread.
1 1/2 cups zucchini (grated, squeezed and drained)
2 roasted red peppers (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (grated)
1/2 cup feta (crumbled)
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1. Mix the zucchini, roasted red pepper, garlic, feta, oregano, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and eggs in a large bowl.
2. Mix the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and oregano in a bowl.
3. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
4. Pour the batter into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.
5. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until a toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
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