One-loaf zucchini bread

Why do all the zucchini bread recipes on the Internets make TWO loaves? I only want to make ONE loaf! I blame James Beard. According to Serious Eats, most zucchini bread recipes seem to descend from James Beard’s 1973 book Beard on Bread (say that one three times fast!). Perhaps 1973 was a particularly good year for zucchini crops. Whoo, we’re baking retro bread!

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Moistest banana bread with chia seeds

Banana bread – this has been my go-to quick bread for a long time. Anytime bananas get too ripe, into the freezer they go to await their fate. Once a few have accumulated and I’m looking for a reason to turn on the oven, it’s time to get baking.

In the past I’ve just Googled “banana bread” and used the first recipe that comes up. But I figured I could improve on that. I was flipping through the Le Pain Quotidian cookbook and saw a recipe for banana and chia seed muffins. I always have a bag of chia seeds around because I eat them with yogurt for breakfast nearly every morning. So I gave this a try in loaf form, and no longer will I be Google-ing the banana bread recipe – this is the new favorite.

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All you need is loaf

Hello world!  Thanks for happening upon my humble loaf blog.

I created this blog to celebrate the onset of Fall baking season.  I spent a sweltering summer in my New York City apartment sans air conditioning, warranting an absolute ban on oven use for as long as the air temperature remained above 80 degrees.  So with the first break in humidity and the onset of jacket weather, I started dreaming of baked goods.

A visit to my grandma’s in August (in a thankfully overly-air-conditioned Florida house) provided inspiration.  For every visit to grandma’s house for as long as I can remember, she has always had a pound cake ready and waiting for weary travelers.  There’s something very 50s-housewife about having a cake ready to come home to at the end of a long day.  The comfort of this buttery crumbly cake followed me back to New York, where I reinstated my oven for the colder months, christening it with my first loaf – pound cake (recipe coming soon!).

Keep checking back every weekend to loaf-a-long with me as I provide my takes on cakes, loaves, and quick breads.  Happy baking!