Bushels of late-summer zucchini always put me in the Christmas spirit--thanks to this garden-fresh holiday bread I make. The anise lends a unique licorice-like flavor and fragrance to every piece...and the zucchini gives it such a moist texture.
With some basic changes our Test Kitchen was able to keep all the flavor of Jennifer Sickels favorite bread while greatly reducing the guilt. We hope you'll enjoy this makeover as much as we did! Jennifer hails from Greenfield, Indiana.
This lightened-up bread features a crunchy crust and delectable taste. Our pros achieved the moist center Nancy Skramsted of Billings, Montana was looking for. And it definitely tastes delicious, even though more than half the fat and over a third of the calories went missing from the original.
Adriene Lujbli stirs grated zucchini into this no-fuss loaf. "I fix it whenever my family wants something chocolaty," notes the Gilboa, New York baker. "Try it in your bread machine if it has a quick bread setting," she says.
This loaf has a rugged, textured look that adds to its old-fashioned appeal. The mild Parmesan flavor nicely complements the zucchini, which adds bits of green color to every tender slice.
-Christine Wilson, Sellersville, Pennsylvania