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Scrumptious Summer House Bread

September 12, 2008

I just can’t help myself! So many great foods available right now to eat and cook with it’s overwhelming! My daughter came home this week and had a great urge to bake bake bake. So that is exactly what we did, bake bake bake. I never really have that excuse any more so it was more than fun, it was expanding, if you know what a mean!

Now, along with a zillion other people, we did happen to have a lot of summer squash on hand so one thing lead to another and lo and behold we baked was this wonderful summer squash bread. Now I call it summer squash bread because we didn’t just stick to the rules of zucchini. We used petty pan squash one time and yellow crook neck squash next time just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke, and both times it turned out fantastic! Make sure and grate the squash, peel and all, and then your eyes are treated to the colors in the bread, not to mention the nutritional boost. My daughter designed it, and a few tweaks from me here and there and wow. I mean wow, this bread rocks the free world. We named it after her, Summer. I think I will try the next batch with grated sweet potato, or what about corn? So many possibilities!

We lower the fat on it dramatically by replacing almost a cup of oil with applesauce and grated apples. The oil we did use was coconut, which, against common belief, is really good for you. You’ll never miss the oil and you won’t go back. This is the bomb! They freeze well too, so I suggest you bake bake bake.

Summer House Bread
3 cups of WW flour
1 cup of sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom
2 cups of coarsely grated summer squash (or 1 ½ cups squash and 1 ½ cups grated sweet potato)
1  cup of applesauce
1 apples, coarsely grated
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 Tablespoons of light oil
1 tablespoon of vanilla
½ cup of chopped walnuts
½ cup of raisins
½ dark chocolate chips
A couple handfuls of oats on top

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a favorite large bowl and whisk till well blended, set aside. Then mix everything else in another bowl till all mixed up and happy. Blend the two together till they are just mixed. Divide between two bread pans and sprinkle the top with oats. Tuck in the oven for a cozy bake and bake about 1 hour or till the room fills with the intoxicating sent and a knife comes out clean. As soon as you can handle it, turn the bread out on a cooling rack and try not to burn your tongue. You’ll be baking more of these dandies. Bon appetite!

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