Thursday, February 2, 2012

Blueberry Zucchini Bread (with Crunchy Lemon Glaze)

I randomly decided to bake this this morning. I needed some baking therapy. And I changed the recipe a bit - added the lemon glaze, 'cause I thought it would be yummy.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

3 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup oil
3 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup white sugar
2 cups finely shredded zucchini
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 cups fresh blueberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Beat together eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla
  3. Fold in zucchini
  4. Mix the dry ingredients together and beat into wet mixture
  5. Wash blueberries and dust with flour (this helps stop the blueberries from "bleeding" into the batter - it's not a huge deal with the recipe as the batter is dark because of the cinnamon, but I just do it anyway)
  6. Gently fold dusted blueberries into batter
  7. Lightly grease and flour 4 small or 2 large loaf pans
  8. Divide evenly between all loaf pans
  9. Bake for appox. 50 minutes in the small loaf pans and 1 hour 20 minutes in the large loaf pans
  10. Place loaf pans on cooling rack for about 20 minutes to cool before removing from the pan to cool. 
Now you could just stop here. And Anise wishes I had. But I just felt that a blueberry loaf wouldn't be complete without a lemon glaze, even though there is no lemon in the recipe. So I just scrounged one up from here.It's different that your everyday run of the mill lemon glaze (which I like just fine) which is just what I wanted.

Lemon Glaze

2 lemons, juiced (about 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix it all together and drizzle over completely cooled loaves. Tip: Put a piece of parchment paper under the cooling rack before you drizzle the glaze. So much easier to clean up.


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

10 on Tuesday

1. Kananaskis was great! I got a bit of scrapbooking done, got to visit with Med School/Residency friends, play games and take it easy.

Sean going for the goal (which he got) during the UofC vs UofA ball hockey game.

2. Last night for FHE we went to IKEA. We had dinner there and then took Kaden and Anise to the play area. They were sad when the hour was up, and disappointed that we still had half the store to go through. Anise has already requested we go back to play again.

3. Maggie was really sad that she didn't get to go in the play place, so Sean grabbed her one of the kids stuffies so she would stay happy for us to look around. Unfortunately she then proceeded to chew on and spit chocolate milk on it, so now it lives with us.

It suits Maggie quite well actually. One of her favorite words right now is "socks" so she is really excited that her stuffy has socks too.

4. We finally tracked down Kaden's winter boots, and returned the other ones

5. We had chicken tacos for dinner tonight. I got the chicken recipe from here. And the weather is so nice that we even got to BBQ the chicken, which makes it that much better!

6. Kaden requested that he not get his hair cut until the weekend because he wanted to have a mo-hawk this week.

7. Sean has already started getting the paper work in for his license - and we're hoping that all his numbers and privileges will come before he starts working in July. Yup, it takes that long.

8. Sean and I are booking a trip to Mexico in April. Our first tropical vacation! Anyone want to watch the kids for us?

9. Anise is convinced that the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books are really called "Diary of a Whoopee  Cushion" and we can't talk her out of it.

10. We got Anise's surgery date - April 19. Sean has explained everything to her about what is going to happen. She's excited for the Popsicle.