1/19/13

Baking on Friday (Saturday Edition): Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts


It's no secret that I love cooking, baking, and trying new recipes.  I spend as much time perusing new recipes as I do anything else, I imagine.  Since I did so much baking during December (translation: too much eating), I sort of swore off baking at least for now.  Apparently "now" doesn't last very long around here because when I saw this recipe for Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts, I knew I was going to have to make it.  Soon.  Here's how the recipe was described:
This moist, nutty bread is a terrific way to use up late-summer zucchini.  The walnuts in the bread are super-heart-healthy, and the yogurt adds moisture without any fat.
Clearly, it would be detrimental to my health if I didn't try it as soon as possible.  Besides, I actually do still have shredded zucchini in my freezer from last summer.  It seemed a good time to use it.  Oh yes, and I was craving baked goods, which seems to me the best reason of all.

The loaf makes up so quick and easy.  It's all mixed with a whisk and a spoon and uses just two bowls.  No electric mixer required.  It was all mixed up faster than I could preheat my oven.  Then it baked up nicely in an hour and five minutes.  Here's how it looks on the inside.  You can see the zucchini and walnuts...clearly, very healthy.


It was also quite moist.

Do you have zucchini left over from summer?  Now's your chance to use it.  This is yummy.  You can find the recipe from Food & Wine right here.



After that was finished I did a little bit of sewing.  Next up on my white board is the Hello Sun BOM.  The blocks are all made now, and I'm ready to start finishing it up.  Here is how the completed quilt will look if you follow the suggested completion instructions.

I kind of like it just like this, and I still have lots of solids left over from my Amish quilt.  I decided to do it just like this, although I may decide to add a sashing between the blocks.

Today I did all of the cutting for the sawtooth stars.  I think I'm going to use that fabric in the lower left corner for my back.


And I was able to get the flying geese units half finished before I decided to knock off for the day.  These are going fairly quickly because they lend themselves well to chain piecing. 


Tomorrow I'll finish up the flying geese units and then start putting the blocks together.

So a fairly productive day in the kitchen and the sewing room.  Still more to do.  Time for dinner.


18 comments from clever and witty friends:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love zucchini bread, but I don't bake. Look forward to seeing your 'Sun' quilt finished - this looks like such a fun piece.

Quilting Babcia said...

That looks like a great recipe and we love zucchini bread. If you've frozen your shredded zucchini does it require squeezing out excess moisture before adding to the bread recipe?

Kate said...

Like your proposed setting for Hello Sun. You are moving right along with all of your projects.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Can't wait to see your finished Hello Sun. I never got past the second block....maybe someday.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Do you drain your frozen zucchini? I sometimes get too much liquid when I use the frozen packages and wondered if for some reason I am supposed to drain it first. It's not a problem when I am using fresh produce.

Colleen said...

Zuchinni bread is my favorite! Im going to go get the zuchinni my sister gave me that I shredded this summer and stuck in the freezer. Baking on day 3 of my long weekend sounds just about right.

Ray and Jeanne said...

I think I'm hungry for zucchini bread! Guess I'll be doing some baking tomorrow - thanks for the recipe - it looks yummy! ~Jeanne

Lynne said...

That quilt looks like it's going to be so bright and happy!

Angel and Kirby said...

I like the brights with the white background!

quiltzyx said...

Looks yummy...as usual.

Great start on the Hello Sun quilt. Your sun blocks will be the center of the stars, right?

Lyndsey said...

Barbara I love your style. You are so good at justifying why you had to bake or try other yummy recipes. This one looks delicious and I have added it to my must try list for later in the week after I've shopped.

I love the way your hello sun quilt will look. With the bright solids it is going to be such a happy quilt.

Snoodles said...

Yumm! I got up late this morning and found this....gotta go and bake now, and satisfy my hungries! LOL

Diane Wild said...

Thanks for the zucchini reminder. I have a couple of packages in back of the freezer. Minnie loves zucchini bread.

Loretta Thomas said...

Wow...& yummy! Be still my tummy! Lol

treadlemusic said...

Love that snowman piece!!!! Such a cheerful project and great for right now (at least here in MN!!!! ). That recipe definitely makes me hungry....time for supper......hugs, Doreen

Holli said...

Great looking recipe - I love zucchini bread. I've never frozen zucchini but it seems like a great idea. I'd not heard of the Hello Sun QAL - I wondered where you got that adorable snowman fabric - then I found it. Great happy applique and blocks!

Ruth Ann said...

Yummy bread! Enjoying it all the way in TX.

I've copied off all the blocks for the Hello Sun quilt. I colored mine with crayons and then pressed and am embroidering them around the outlines. I think I'm on the July block. Need to get back to those. It is a cute setting that she planned.

Martha said...

That bread looks delicious!
Love the bright colors you are using. Looking forward to seeing your finished project.