I will confess that I was mighty skeptical about this quick bread. I don't find the photo in the book appealing and was put off by all the ingredients. So I am pleased to say that I thought it tastes much better than it looks. And the doulas ate it up in minutes flat.
October 11, 2010
Name of cake: everything quick bread
Occasion: HCB and doula meeting
Constituents: carrot/zucchini/banana/oatmeal quick bread with walnuts
I like zucchini bread, I like banana bread. But zucchini/banana/carrot/oatmeal bread? Cookie thought it sounded good, I wasn't so sure.
However, I was pleased at how easy this bread came together. Mushing a banana, grating carrots and zucchini? Simple. Toasting nuts and rubbing off their skins? No problem.
Surprisingly, the bread was moist and substantial, but I wouldn't call it dense. Call it the magic of baking, I am unsure.
Cookie came over and knit her mother's shawl while I put the baked the quick bread. After letting it cool for about 20 minutes, we tried a slice. Cookie was a little disappointed; she thought it was a little bland. After having that experience with the pumpkin muffins a couple of days earlier, I felt that the bread would probably come into its own once it cooled down. Which it did.
I sliced the loaf and brought it over to the doula meeting. I may not be a doula anymore, but I still like to go to the meetings every once in a while. It is good to see the girls and learn the latest in breastfeeding research or hospital policy. These girls dived into the quick bread as soon as it crossed the threshold (they were hungry) and only crumbs were left at the bottom of the basket. They enjoyed the bread, as did I. However, in the quick bread world I think I'm a traditionalist and would prefer a straight up banana bread, no walnuts necessary.