quickbread

Zucchini Bread

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When we were first married, Ed promised me 50 years. That was in 1969. We were young and 50 years seemed like a REALLY REALLY long time.

Grandparent stuff.

But here we are. A few months short of 50.

Wasn’t it yesterday that I fit into that long white dress?

We wanted to celebrate with two other couples, all close friends, who are also at 50.

But we didn’t want to have a big party. Not even an intimate dinner party for six. Although those are lovely, it seemed like the same-old, same-old. 50 years deserved something special.

So we decided to have a 150th Anniversary Afternoon Tea.

It was festive, fun and celebratory.

We started with champagne and tea sandwiches.

Then: scones, clotted cream and jams.

Finally, dessert: several kinds of cookies, Lemon Buttermilk Cake, Pumpkin Spice Cake and this: Zucchini Bread, (made with zucchinis from my garden!).

Just us 6. It was a good day.

We all talked about how amazing it is at how quickly 50 years go by.

Zucchini Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup applesauce

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups grated fresh zucchini

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9”x5”x3” loaf pan. Place the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk the ingredients until they are evenly distributed. Place the brown sugar, sugar, eggs, applesauce and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer (or use a hand mixer) and beat at medium speed for 2-3 minutes, until thoroughly blended. Add the flour mixture and stir just until blended. Fold in the zucchini. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert the muffins onto the rack to cool completely.

Makes one loaf

Banana Bread with Cherries

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This summer's cherries have been especially delicious. I've been buying (and eating) tons of them.

So, when I had to think of what to do with the usual leftover bananas, I decided to use some in a new version of Banana Bread. I also added some orange (peel and juice) -- just a hint to bring out the best in both of the fruits.

Pitting cherries can be a real drag. But there's an easy way to do it and you don't even have to buy a cherry pitter. Look here.

Banana BREAD with cherries

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 medium very ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup orange juice 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cut up fresh cherries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9”x5”x3” loaf pan. Mix the flour, orange peel, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set it aside. Beat the sugar and vegetable oil with a handheld or electric mixer set at medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Mash the bananas and add them to the sugar mixture. Beat thoroughly until the ingredients are well blended. Add the flour mixture and beat for 1-2 minutes to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Stir in the juice and vanilla extract. Fold in the cherries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 1 hour or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan 15 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and let it cool on a cake rack.

 Makes one bread serving 10-12

Carrot Bread with Raisins for Rosh Hashanah

Somehow Labor Day is over and the food thoughts in my head go straight from tomato salad and grilled chicken to pumpkin soup and baked apples

Of course there's still time to enjoy the last of the summer fruits and vegetables, still time for outdoor-cooked grilled, marinated steak

But I'm thinking forward. It's almost a new season and -- yikes! -- the High Holiday season is only two weeks away.

Which leads toady's food thoughts to: carrots, because carrots are traditional during Rosh Hashanah. I usually cook them in soup -- one version or another. But last year I decided to experiment with a few recipes for carrot quick bread.

This is the one we like best. It's moist and sweet, so it can be dessert, and because it is parve, it is a good choice after a traditional holiday meat meal.

But also makes a good snack either by itself or smeared with cream cheese (softened is best and maybe even mixed with some lemon juice).

CARROT BREAD(P)

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1-1/2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-1/2”x4-1/2” loaf pan. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl. Set aside. Beat the brown sugar, white sugar and vegetable oil in the bowl of an electric mixer set at medium speed for 2-3 minutes, or until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in the lemon juice and peel. Add the dry ingredients and blend them into the egg mixture. Fold in the carrots and raisins. Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a rack to cool completely. 

Makes one loaf  

Ah! Summer Blueberries!

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It's impossible to lose weight during the summer. Not when there is so much glorious fruit around and it tastes so good just out-of-hand but SO SO delicious in crisps, pies, muffins, galettes and quickbreads.

Like this blueberry bread. Spiked with orange.

A nice snack all by itself. Sliced for sandwiches smeared with cream cheese. Dessert when topped with ice cream.

Blueberry Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9”x5” loaf pan. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, orange peel and vanilla powder together into a bowl. Add the coconut oil in chunks and cut it into the dry ingredients with your fingers or a pastry blender. If you use an electric mixer, set it at low-medium speed. In a second bowl, beat the egg and orange juice together until well blended (if you use vanilla extract, add it here). Add to the flour mixture and stir to blend ingredients. Fold in the blueberries. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

Makes one loaf

I think I could make banana bread in my sleep.

Because I make banana bread so often it's like watching "Dave" for the umpteenth time. I know exactly what's coming next. I know what to expect. I like it.

I always buy bananas and then no one eats them except for maybe on a rare occasion, and then the bananas get brown and then no one eats them ever and I don't want to throw them out.

So, banana bread.

Also, banana bread baking in the oven smells wonderful.

Here's my latest version (I do make a different one each time!). I love how lovely the streusel top looks. Sets it apart from any old banana bread.

Banana Streusel Bread

Streusel:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, margarine or coconut oil

Bread:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 medium very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup fruit juice such as mango, orange or apple
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9”x5”x3” loaf pan.

Make the streusel: mix the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add the butter and work it in with fingers or a knife until mixture is crumbly. Set it aside.

Make the bread: Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and set it aside. Beat the sugar and vegetable oil with a handheld or electric mixer set at medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Mash the bananas and add them to the sugar mixture. Beat thoroughly until the ingredients are well blended. Add the flour mixture and beat for 1-2 minutes to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Stir in the juice and vanilla extract. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Scatter the streusel on top. Bake for 1 hour or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan 15 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and let it cool on a cake rack.

 Makes one bread serving 10-12

 

Banana Bread with Oats and Coconut

In case you haven’t heard and/or did not see the greeting cards in your local store, today is National Banana Bread Day.  Well, that may be a big deal for some, but, as anyone who reads this blog knows, I bake  banana bread  more frequently than anything else and I have so many recipes that I’ve lost count of them, because I make a  new version  almost every time.   I always buy  too many bananas  and then they get soft and no one wants to eat them so I make  banana bread  because I can’t bear to throw food away.  And the ironic thing about all this is that I am allergic to bananas, so I can’t eat them OR the  bread . I love that fragrance though. Everyone else gets to enjoy the rest.  The version here includes coconut, coconut oil and quick oats, so it’s sweet, even though I’ve cut down on the sugar somewhat. And the oats help make it really tender.  Happy National Banana Bread Day.      Banana Bread with Oats and Coconut   2 cups flour  1/2 cup quick cooking oats  1/2 cup grated coconut  2 teaspoons baking soda  1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon  1 teaspoon salt  1/2 cup coconut oil  1/2 cup Earth Balance buttery spread (or shortening)  1-1/3 cups sugar  4 large very ripe bananas, mashed  4 large eggs, slightly beaten     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch (8-cup) bundt pan. Mix the flour, oats, coconut, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the coconut oil, Earth Balance and sugar at medium speed until well blended, about one minute. Add the bananas and blend them in thoroughly. Add the eggs and beat the ingredients well. Add the flour mixture and beat until batter is well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove to a cake rack to cool completely.  Makes one bread, serving 16-18   

In case you haven’t heard and/or did not see the greeting cards in your local store, today is National Banana Bread Day.

Well, that may be a big deal for some, but, as anyone who reads this blog knows, I bake banana bread more frequently than anything else and I have so many recipes that I’ve lost count of them, because I make a new version almost every time. 

I always buy too many bananas and then they get soft and no one wants to eat them so I make banana bread because I can’t bear to throw food away.

And the ironic thing about all this is that I am allergic to bananas, so I can’t eat them OR the bread. I love that fragrance though. Everyone else gets to enjoy the rest.

The version here includes coconut, coconut oil and quick oats, so it’s sweet, even though I’ve cut down on the sugar somewhat. And the oats help make it really tender.

Happy National Banana Bread Day.

 

Banana Bread with Oats and Coconut

2 cups flour

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1/2 cup grated coconut

2 teaspoons baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup Earth Balance buttery spread (or shortening)

1-1/3 cups sugar

4 large very ripe bananas, mashed

4 large eggs, slightly beaten

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch (8-cup) bundt pan. Mix the flour, oats, coconut, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the coconut oil, Earth Balance and sugar at medium speed until well blended, about one minute. Add the bananas and blend them in thoroughly. Add the eggs and beat the ingredients well. Add the flour mixture and beat until batter is well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove to a cake rack to cool completely.

Makes one bread, serving 16-18

 

Banana Bread with Ginger and Cranberries

I wish some publisher would contact me about doing a Banana Bread Cookbook. Because I have enough good recipes to fill a book. 
 Well, banana breads and also cakes, muffins and so on. 
 I don’t actually eat any of this stuff because I am allergic to bananas, but I always buy bananas because I like how they smell and also because my husband says he is going to eat them but then never does. Or he eats one and I’m left with 4 or 5 more. 
 I do have tasters though. They tell me whether the recipe is good. And I give whatever banana baked thing I’ve made away to cancer patients and their caregivers at Stamford Hospital at our every-two-week Tea sponsored by the local Hadassah group. I’ve been getting great reviews from everyone. 
 The one I sent this week is a dairy-free version, made with Earth Balance Buttery Spread and Oat milk (you could substitute coconut milk and, if there’s no nut allergy, almond milk). 
 I made this cake two ways, once plain and once with dried cranberries and chopped crystallized ginger. Everyone preferred the second one. Here’s the recipe: 

     
     
  Banana Bread with Ginger and Cranberries  

 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
 1 teaspoon salt 
 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 
 2 teaspoons baking soda 
 3/4 cup Earth Balance buttery spread 
 1/4 cup coconut oil 
 1-1/2 cups sugar 
 4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed 
 3 large eggs, slightly beaten 
 1/2 cup oat milk 
 1/2 cup dried cranberries 
 1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger 

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-cup bundt pan. Mix the flour, salt, ginger and baking soda together in a bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer set at medium speed, beat the buttery spread, coconut oil and sugar until well blended. Add the bananas and blend in thoroughly. Add the eggs and beat well. Stir in the oat milk and blend thoroughly. Add the flour mixture and beat until the batter is well blended. Fold in the cranberries and crystallized ginger. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about one hour or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a cake rack to cool completely. Makes one bread, serving 16-18

I wish some publisher would contact me about doing a Banana Bread Cookbook. Because I have enough good recipes to fill a book.

Well, banana breads and also cakes, muffins and so on.

I don’t actually eat any of this stuff because I am allergic to bananas, but I always buy bananas because I like how they smell and also because my husband says he is going to eat them but then never does. Or he eats one and I’m left with 4 or 5 more.

I do have tasters though. They tell me whether the recipe is good. And I give whatever banana baked thing I’ve made away to cancer patients and their caregivers at Stamford Hospital at our every-two-week Tea sponsored by the local Hadassah group. I’ve been getting great reviews from everyone.

The one I sent this week is a dairy-free version, made with Earth Balance Buttery Spread and Oat milk (you could substitute coconut milk and, if there’s no nut allergy, almond milk).

I made this cake two ways, once plain and once with dried cranberries and chopped crystallized ginger. Everyone preferred the second one. Here’s the recipe:

 

 

Banana Bread with Ginger and Cranberries

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 cup Earth Balance buttery spread

1/4 cup coconut oil

1-1/2 cups sugar

4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed

3 large eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 cup oat milk

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-cup bundt pan. Mix the flour, salt, ginger and baking soda together in a bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer set at medium speed, beat the buttery spread, coconut oil and sugar until well blended. Add the bananas and blend in thoroughly. Add the eggs and beat well. Stir in the oat milk and blend thoroughly. Add the flour mixture and beat until the batter is well blended. Fold in the cranberries and crystallized ginger. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about one hour or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a cake rack to cool completely. Makes one bread, serving 16-18

Squash Bread with Kefir

When my kids were little we had lots of books in the house. There were favorites of course, like “Come Over to My House” by Theo LeSieg (aka Dr. Seuss). We’ve kept some of them (that particular one has been read so many times that it is falling apart). 
 But there was one book, whose title I can’t recall (and I can’t find the book) that ended with a recipe for pumpkin bread. 
 If anyone knows the title/author — I would surely appreciate if you could tell me. 
 Anyway, at the time I’d never heard of pumpkin bread, which became increasingly popular as the years rolled by. But the idea of such a thing intrigued me, if only because I was familiar with other quick breads like cranberry-orange and banana. 
 So I tried the recipe and liked the result. 
 But it was only a beginning. Over the years I’ve made dozens of versions of pumpkin bread. 
 Including this one, using kefir because I happen to have some in the house.  
 You can substitute buttermilk of course, or yogurt. And use more vegetable oil if you don’t like or have coconut oil. Also, use any kind of winter squash, pumpkin or otherwise. 


 Squash Bread with Kefir 
     
  2 cups all-purpose flour  
  1 teaspoon baking soda  
  1/2 teaspoon baking powder  
  1/2 teaspoon salt  
  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon  
  1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg  
  3/4 cup brown sugar  
  1/4 cup coconut oil, melted, or vegetable oil  
  2 tablespoons vegetable oil  
  2 large eggs  
  1 cup mashed cooked squash  
  3/4 cup raisins  
  1/3 cup kefir (or buttermilk)  
  3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract  
     
  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9”x5”x3” loaf pan. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl and set it aside. Beat the brown sugar, coconut oil and vegetable oil with a handheld or electric mixer set at medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the squash and raisins and beat the mixture to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Add the flour mixture, stirring only enough to blend in the dry ingredients. Add the kefir and vanilla extract and stir them in. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for one hour or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan 15 minutes, then invert onto a cake rack to cool completely. Makes one loaf.   
   

When my kids were little we had lots of books in the house. There were favorites of course, like “Come Over to My House” by Theo LeSieg (aka Dr. Seuss). We’ve kept some of them (that particular one has been read so many times that it is falling apart).

But there was one book, whose title I can’t recall (and I can’t find the book) that ended with a recipe for pumpkin bread.

If anyone knows the title/author — I would surely appreciate if you could tell me.

Anyway, at the time I’d never heard of pumpkin bread, which became increasingly popular as the years rolled by. But the idea of such a thing intrigued me, if only because I was familiar with other quick breads like cranberry-orange and banana.

So I tried the recipe and liked the result.

But it was only a beginning. Over the years I’ve made dozens of versions of pumpkin bread.

Including this one, using kefir because I happen to have some in the house. 

You can substitute buttermilk of course, or yogurt. And use more vegetable oil if you don’t like or have coconut oil. Also, use any kind of winter squash, pumpkin or otherwise.

Squash Bread with Kefir

 

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted, or vegetable oil

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 cup mashed cooked squash

3/4 cup raisins

1/3 cup kefir (or buttermilk)

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9”x5”x3” loaf pan. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl and set it aside. Beat the brown sugar, coconut oil and vegetable oil with a handheld or electric mixer set at medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the squash and raisins and beat the mixture to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Add the flour mixture, stirring only enough to blend in the dry ingredients. Add the kefir and vanilla extract and stir them in. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for one hour or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan 15 minutes, then invert onto a cake rack to cool completely. Makes one loaf. 

 

Banana Bread with Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk

I used to think that I made banana bread because I always bought too many bananas and then had to do something with the leftover fruit that got too soft and brown to eat as is. 

 But I finally realized I buy too many bananas because I want to make banana bread.  

 The folks at the CIA — the Central Intelligence Agency, I mean, not the Culinary Institute of America — should learn to bake this because the aroma in the room with one of these in the oven is the kind of hypnotic thing that could pry information from prisoners. 

  
Banana Bread with Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk 

 2-1/2 cups flour 
1 teaspoon salt 
2 teaspoons cinnamon 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
3/4 cup vegetable shortening 
1/4 cup coconut oil 
1-1/4 cups sugar 
4 large very ripe bananas, mashed  
3 eggs, slightly beaten 
1/2 cup coconut milk 

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch (8-cup) bundt pan. Mix the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda together in a bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer set at medium speed, beat the shortening, coconut oil and sugar until well blended. Add the bananas and blend in thoroughly. Add the eggs and coconut milk and beat well. Add the flour mixture and beat until batter is well blended. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove to a cake rack to cool completely. Makes one bread, serving 16-18

I used to think that I made banana bread because I always bought too many bananas and then had to do something with the leftover fruit that got too soft and brown to eat as is.

But I finally realized I buy too many bananas because I want to make banana bread.

The folks at the CIA — the Central Intelligence Agency, I mean, not the Culinary Institute of America — should learn to bake this because the aroma in the room with one of these in the oven is the kind of hypnotic thing that could pry information from prisoners.


Banana Bread with Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk

2-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup coconut oil
1-1/4 cups sugar
4 large very ripe bananas, mashed
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup coconut milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch (8-cup) bundt pan. Mix the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda together in a bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer set at medium speed, beat the shortening, coconut oil and sugar until well blended. Add the bananas and blend in thoroughly. Add the eggs and coconut milk and beat well. Add the flour mixture and beat until batter is well blended. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove to a cake rack to cool completely. Makes one bread, serving 16-18

Eggless Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread

Even the most experienced home cooks make mistakes.  Like the one I made yesterday. I decided to bake a Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread and as soon as I put the pan in the oven I realized I had left the eggs out of the batter.  Wow! That’s a biggie.  I did that once before, many years ago and made the big mistake of retrieving the loaf pan, scooping the batter back into a bowl, mixing in the eggs and then baking the bread as if nothing had happened.  Unfortunately, after the bread baked and cooled down, biting into a slice was like chewing day-old used bubble gum.  This time I just let the bread bake with a “let’s see what happens” kind of attitude.  The results were astonishingly surprising. What a boon for people who can’t eat eggs! This Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread is delicious. Firmer, denser than one made with eggs, but tasty and tender without them.  So, here’s the recipe, including the eggs, but for egg-free diets — just leave the eggs out.   Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread   4 tablespoons butter  3/4 cup sugar  2 large eggs (optional)  1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lemon peel  2 cups all-purpose flour  2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder  3/4 teaspoon salt  1 cup milk  1 cup blueberries  1/4 cup fresh lemon juice  1-1/2 tablespoons sugar  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9”x5”x3” loaf pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and 3/4 cup sugar at medium speed for 1-2 minutes or until well combined. (Add the eggs and beat them in). Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture in thirds, alternating with the milk. Beat to blend the ingredients to a smooth, even batter. Fold in the berries. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 55 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. While the bread is baking, combine the lemon juice and 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. When the bread comes out of the oven, pour the lemon juice mixture on top. Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto a cake rack to cool completely.  Makes one bread

Even the most experienced home cooks make mistakes.

Like the one I made yesterday. I decided to bake a Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread and as soon as I put the pan in the oven I realized I had left the eggs out of the batter.

Wow! That’s a biggie.

I did that once before, many years ago and made the big mistake of retrieving the loaf pan, scooping the batter back into a bowl, mixing in the eggs and then baking the bread as if nothing had happened.

Unfortunately, after the bread baked and cooled down, biting into a slice was like chewing day-old used bubble gum.

This time I just let the bread bake with a “let’s see what happens” kind of attitude.

The results were astonishingly surprising. What a boon for people who can’t eat eggs! This Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread is delicious. Firmer, denser than one made with eggs, but tasty and tender without them.

So, here’s the recipe, including the eggs, but for egg-free diets — just leave the eggs out.

Lemon-Blueberry Tea Bread

4 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup sugar

2 large eggs (optional)

1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lemon peel

2 cups all-purpose flour

2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1 cup blueberries

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1-1/2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9”x5”x3” loaf pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and 3/4 cup sugar at medium speed for 1-2 minutes or until well combined. (Add the eggs and beat them in). Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture in thirds, alternating with the milk. Beat to blend the ingredients to a smooth, even batter. Fold in the berries. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 55 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. While the bread is baking, combine the lemon juice and 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. When the bread comes out of the oven, pour the lemon juice mixture on top. Cool the bread in the pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto a cake rack to cool completely.

Makes one bread