Friday, July 22, 2011

Zucchini, Walnut & Cranberry Bread

Savoury breads have taken over from quiche as my perfect lunch snack! A savoury fruit-and-nut bread served with soft cheeses is the perfect lunchtime dish.

2 2/3 cups (400g) plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp mixed spice
1 1/3 cups (295g) caster sugar
1/2 firmly packed cup (100g) brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
200ml sunflower oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large zucchini, grated
3/4 cup (75g) walnuts, toasted, chopped, plus 6 whole walnuts to garnish
1/3 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
Soft cheese (such as brie), to serve

Preheat oven to 150°C. Grease and line a 2-litre loaf pan. Sift flour, soda, baking powder and spices into a large bowl. Stir in sugars, then add egg, oil, vanilla, zucchini, nuts, cranberries and a pinch of salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined, then spread into the prepared pan. Top with extra nuts. Bake on middle shelf of oven for 1-1 1/4 hours or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool slightly in pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice and serve with cheese.

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Have a lovely day!… Anna