Easy and Delicious Bread Recipe using Yellow Squash and Walnuts
Yellow Squash & Walnut Bread
This bright yellow tender fleshed summer variety of squash can be found just about year round in grocery stores along with its cousin, the zucchini. Both come from the plant species called Cucurbita pepo.
If a person were blindfolded and were served yellow squash or zucchini prepared in any number of manners, I seriously doubt that any flavor difference could be detected. They are both very mild flavored vegetables and can be used in any number of dishes from savory to sweet.
It is for this reason that I generally purchase whichever squash happens to be the least expensive when I am shopping for vegetables.
There is a 99 cent store in our Houston neighborhood, and quite often I check out their vegetables prior to going to the larger grocery stores. Depending upon what has been delivered on that particular day, oftentimes great bargains can be found there. As an example, normally in the "regular" grocery stores, a red pepper is normally sold for over $1.00. At the 99 cent store, we can generally always find red or yellow peppers at a price of two or even three for 99 cents.
On our latest shopping trip, we found fantastic bargains on peppers, eggplants, cauliflower, the yellow squash and more. Thus, instead of making a zucchini bread, I substituted the yellow squash instead and will share that recipe with you readers. Feel free to use either type of squash for this easy bread recipe.
My Mother's Old Recipe Box
My Mother's Old Recipe Box
Many good old tried and true recipes are in this old recipe box with the majority of the recipes hand written on index cards and filed in different categories. We also have a very similar wooden box filled with my mother-in-law's recipes. Both of these dear women have passed on to the next life. Occasionally it is fun to recapture some of the flavors of foods that were favorites from both sides of our family...some of which we remember and some of which had probably been added to after my husband and I had both moved on in our lives as adults.
It just so happens that this sweet bread recipe was written in my cursive handwriting and my mother had noted my name on the card as to its origin. I no longer remember where I had gotten the original recipe and it had been quite some time since I had made it.
The recipe was titled Zucchini Bread...but with an abundance of yellow squash on hand, I made the easy substitution. My husband agreed that it was as good as he remembered it from years ago when I had an abundance of fast growing zucchini in our Wisconsin Rapids garden.
Health benefits of olive oil
There are so many good reasons to use olive oil in place of other types of oils when cooking, baking or even just dressing a salad.
Numerous studies have been done and suffice it to say that evidence exists that if a person regularly consumes a bit of olive oil...especially the extra virgin olive oil...in one's diet, there are positive effects for the heart. In addition, it may actually ward off the development of weak and brittle bones, diabetes, certain types of cancer and even depression.
With all of the wonderful olive oils on the market today, those are reasons enough to start adding more to our diets. My husband and I only use and consume olive oil and no longer keep other vegetable oils in our home.
Ingredients for Yellow Squash & Walnut Bread
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups grated yellow squash
- 1 cup oil ( I used extra light olive oil but any type of vegetable oil may be used. )
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Grated yellow squash
Sifting the dry ingredients together.
Getting ready to mix and create the batter...
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The instructions are really simple!
Wash and then slice the tip ends off of the yellow summer squash and then grate. I packed the measuring cup tightly to get more of the good vegetable into the bread.
The recipe did not call for it, but I almost always sift the dry ingredients together. That way there are no lumps of ingredients like baking powder which do not get fully incorporated into the final product.
After blending the eggs with the sugar and rest of the wet ingredients, add the dry ingredients ending with the chopped nuts. The batter is fairly thick at this point.
Pour into two large loaf pans or an appropriate number of smaller loaf pans. I used the set of 4 smaller loaf pans that I have plus an extra one for the excess batter because I was planning to give some of these baked sweet breads away as gifts...and the smaller sizes make nice gift sizes.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry.
Enjoy this moist and delicious yellow squash and walnut bread when first warm out of the oven or serve it later with a fragrant cup of coffee or fresh brewed tea.
If wrapped tightly, it freezes well. If you have some of these baked sweet breads on hand, you will never be at a loss for a last minute hostess gift or something to serve some unexpected company that might appear at your door.
Slices of Delicious Yellow Squash & Walnut Bread
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© 2013 Peggy Woods
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