Pumpkin and zucchini…summer meets fall. And that’s all I have to say about that. This is one of those times when I don’t have anything particularly interesting, funny or deep to say, so I’m going to make one of those annoying lists. (I’m starting to understand why people do those.) This is my life these days…
Making me happy: leaves slowly changing
Listening to: Janglin’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros…on repeat
Excited about: heading to Maine (smack in the middle of fall!); college. football. every. week; the return of Modern Family.
Craving: chocolate frosted doughnut (must be Dunkin’) and ummm…more of this bread
Made me laugh: grammar jokes – Pinterest, you’ve done it again
Added to the bucket list: visit a ghost town. Maybe in New England? Maybe in October?! Chills.
Currently obsessed with: bad lip reading videos on YouTube – these need no embellishment. (Rick Perry, Ron Paul and The Hunger Games are my favorites.)
All right, that’s enough. So about this hybrid bread…
Pumpkin and Zucchini Bread (adapted from The Little Red House)
- 1/4 cup browned butter (for browned butter instructions see here)
- 1 cup raw honey or 3/4 cup regular honey
- 2 large eggs
- 1 3/4 cup pumpkin puree, canned or fresh (if you want to make your own puree, see this post)
- 1 cup shredded zucchini
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup flour, white or whole-wheat
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9×5 loaf pan.
In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix.
In a mixer, combine browned butter and honey. Mix in eggs until well combined, about 1 minute. Mix in pumpkin puree, zucchini and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Slowly add in dry ingredients, a little at a time, until just mixed. Do not over mix.
Pour into pan and place on bottom rack of oven, and bake for 40-50 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
This is the last picture I took. I just had to have a piece right away. It was moist and delicious and beautifully studded with oats and zucchini. The combination of pumpkin and browned butter is crazy good. And nothing beats the smell of baking pumpkin. This is the aroma of fall.