Hello cooking buddies– It’s been a quiet week for me here. Staying with my dear Mom as she recovers from a couple hospital stays last week. Mostly I’ve been sitting and working on some unnamed Christmas gifts (just in case any of the recipients are reading… I mean you Laurel!) We watch old movies and eat soup. A unique and actually sweet time with Mom.
So all I have to share with you is a luscious lemony loaf of bread I made a few weeks ago for friends. It’s tender and tart and looks a little bit like sunshine on the plate. If you’re looking for something sweet to give away this Christmas, you might just like this pretty bread.
LEMON ZUCCHINI BREAD
2/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup unflavored yogurt
2 tab. lemon juice*
1 1/3 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tab. lemon zest (peel)*
2 cups grated zucchini (2 smallish zucchini)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tab. lemon juice*
2 tab.grated lemon peel*
To start out, grate 2 smallish zucchini with a box grater (largest holes) to produce 2 cups of grated zucchini. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl stir together the canola oil, yogurt, lemon juice, eggs and sugar until blended and smooth. Then mix in the flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. And finally fold in the zucchini and vanilla.
Spoon the batter into a standard loaf pan (9″x 5″) that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes until a small knife inserted comes out clean.
Let the bread rest a few minutes while you stir up the glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. If you like it thinner, stir in the 2nd tablespoon of lemon juice. Drizzle over the cake. And sprinkle the lemon peel on top. Enjoy!
*One large lemon or two smaller lemons should be enough.