Zucchini-Pistachio-Raisin Quick Bread with Orange Glaze

2015-02-14
  • Yield : 1 regular loaf or 3 mini loaves
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 45m
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter or vegetable oil, plus more melted butter, for the pan
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup chopped toasted pistachios
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange zest, optional
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini, excess moisture squeezed out
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, plus 1 tablespoon juice

Method

Step 1

For the quick bread: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly brush one 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan or three 6-by-3-by-2-inch mini loaf pans with melted butter and set aside.

Step 2

Combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Add the raisins and pistachios and toss together. Set aside.

Step 3

Whisk together the melted butter, yogurt, vanilla extract, eggs and grated zest if using in a small bowl. Stir in the shredded zucchini. Fold this mixture into the flour mixture until just incorporated.

Step 4

Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan(s). Tap the bottom on a hard surface a few times and smooth the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes for the regular loaf and 35 to 40 minutes for the minis. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes, then turn the bread out and let cool completely on the rack.

Step 5

For the orange glaze: Whisk together the confectioners' sugar, milk and orange zest and juice in a small bowl.

Step 6

Pour the glaze over the bread and allow to set at room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Step 7

Cook's Note: When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)

Step 8

Try not to use dark coated baking pans; the quick bread could get too dark.

Step 9

Most quick breads taste better if left to sit overnight.

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