So happy to be back in cooking/baking mode. It must be the time of year. With the rain pelting on the windows, it feels good to be ensconced in my kitchen. I started out with zucchini pineapple bread. I found this recipe on food.com last year and really enjoyed it.
I started with grating the zucchini and squeezing out all the moisture.
I beat the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar and then stirred in the zucchini and pineapple.
Next you combine all the dry ingredients, add to batter, stir and then add the nuts and raisons.
And now it’s ready for the oven. Easy peasy!
While that’s in the oven, it’s the perfect time to put on a pot of vegetable beef soup. I start by putting some ground beef in a pot with a bit of water and 2 bay leaves and then check and see what veggies I have on hand.
I chopped it all up……
and added it to the pot along with beef stock, tomato sauce and garlic and of course salt and pepper.
I also like to add some fresh grated parmesan cheese and then let it just sit on the stove and simmer until all the veggies are cooked.
Time to take the bread out.
And turn the soup off.
Slice up the bread….
Oh, it smells so good in here. And it feels good to finally get my kitchen mojo back. This soup is so good that I could eat it everyday. And the bread – it tastes great plain, with butter or cream cheese.
Here’s the recipe:
ZUCCHINI PINEAPPLE BREAD
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini with all the moisture squeezed out.
8 oz. drained, crushed pineapple
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinammon
1 cup raisons
1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Beat eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy
2. Stir in zucchini and pineapple
3. Combine dry ingredients and add to batter
4. Add nuts and raisons and stir
5. Pour into 2 well greased loaf pans
6. Bake at 350 degrees. The recipe says one hour but my bread was done in 50 minutes.
7. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes
I enjoy this bread from the time it comes out of the oven and for days afterward. It makes great french toast and tastes just as good when defrosted as it does when you first bake it. Great item to freeze and give for holiday gifts.
What’s going on in your kitchen? Is this autumn weather inspiring you to cook too? Well, thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving your comments. I always enjoy reading each and every one of them.