Zucchini Bread X 2
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. One minute, you think you’ll be 2011′s valedictorian, and the next you’ve cancelled an AP class in favor of being a peer tutor. Next thing you know, you’ll be revealing hidden secrets that you’ve kept for 9 years. The family car, manufactured the same year that you took your first breath, will suddenly fail. And finally, when you go to post your zucchini bread photo’s, you’ll find that your camera has spontaneously deleted every photo from the last three years. Is this a sign?
You want to know what else is weird?
Dad has one of those office jobs with little old lady patients who usually supply us with their extra: sour cherries, potatoes, tomatoes, summer squash, onions, tomatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini. This year, the green squash was nonexistent and I was forced to do something competely unheard of in Kentucky. I paid for zucchini.
The craving for my aunt’s zucchini bread was intense; I had no choice. And without her recipe, I was forced to search the internet for other options. After nixing the chocolate versions, apple additions, and muffin forms, I chose recipes from Smitten Kitchen and Simple Bites.
The first two pictures that I have are Smitten Kitchen’s recipe. It took every ounce of my self determination to leave recipe alone and use the full 1/2 cup of oil and 3/4 cup of sugar, but I succeeded! The result was a sweet and very moist loaf. You can just tell from the pictures alone, can’t you? It was a success, Mom’s pick.
The latter two photo’s (AKA the ugly ones) are my preference. Simple Bite’s recipe uses whole milk yogurt, buttermilk, and whole wheat flour. I probably didn’t bake this loaf long enough, but I don’t mind the slightly doughy texture. Compared to the other bread, this one is more crumbly, more moist, and more dense. I like my bread best toasted, with neufchâtel cheese.
To call this past week “life-changing” would be a gross understatement. I’m learning that lesson that everyone has to experience at some point: life is spontaneous. You may be able to control things for a while, but sooner of later your zucchini bread pictures are going to delete themselves.
“The important thing is the obvious thing that nobody is saying.” – My tea cap prophecy
P.S. I’m currently writing about “A Teenage Gourmet” for my college essay! Are there any specific post that I should mention? Which ones are your favorites?