Clash of the Seasons…

It’s battle of the seasons right now. Summer is fighting bitterly to hang on while Fall is bullying itself right in. I of course, am pulling for the bully this time around. It’s actually been quite nice. The mornings just have that hint of chill that let you know that Fall is on it’s way. Patches of fog coat the ground until afternoon comes around and burns it off. Leaving behind a warm and sunny day.

To represent the clash of the seasons I made a Zucchini-Cranberry Bread. Using the last of my friends over abundant zucchini (well, the last that I am taking…I have had my full of zucchini) and a little face of Fall, the cranberry. Since it isn’t Fall, you can’t get fresh cranberries and I have used the frozen ones I had. So I used unsweetened ones (I got mine at Trader Joe’s). If you can’t find unsweetened, use sweetened, but reduce the amount of sugar in the bread.

The bread is nice and moist. You don’t have to have the glaze, but I like that it adds a little tartness to the bread. The glaze calls for half a cup of sugar, but you can use any amount you want, just taste as you go along.

I’d like to give a big thanks to those who commented in the last post. It was nice to hear from you. I was just wondering where you all went. My readership has dropped…almost by half. And then my comments went from about 50-70 a post to 20-35. :( I can’t help it. I like comments. I liked getting a sticker on my papers when I was in elementary school and I like people commenting.
Some said they stopped commenting because I have so many. Um, I read them all, for real. I read the Pioneer Woman. And though she gets a TON of comments, usually in the thousands, if I really like something she made, I leave a comment and let her know. One more couldn’t hurt.
So yes, I get more comments then some other blogs, but darn it all, I was getting used to a certain amount. It’s like going to a job and getting paid $24 an hour. Then without warning they drop you down to $12 an hour…without telling you why. You just kind of want to know…ya know?

Enough rambling, point being. Thanks for commenting, I hope you will keep it up. ;)

Zucchini-Cranberry Bread

3 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of one orange
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 heaping cup dried unsweetened cranberries (soaked in hot water for 10 minutes, rinsed, pated dry)

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat together the eggs, oil, mascarpone cheese, vanilla, zest, and sugar. Beat until mixtures turns a pale yellow, about 3 minutes.

Add zucchini and mix until incorporated.

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Mix until incorporated but don’t over mix, treat this like you would muffins.

Fold in cranberries.

I used 4 super mini loaves (they are super tiny, only like 3 inches in length)  and two mini loaves. You can also use 2 standard sized loaf pans. Spray with baking spray or grease and flour.

Bake for 30 minutes for super mini, 45 for mini, and for 1 hour for standard size. As always, check by using a knife or wooden skewer to test for doness.

Remove from oven. Let cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from loaf pans and continue to let cool on wire rack. Glaze if desired.

Adapted from my Mom.

Cranberry-Orange Glaze

1/3 cup jelled cranberry sauce
juice of a large orange
½ cup powdered sugar, sifted

Mix together with a whisk. Pour or brush on bread.

Comments

  1. I love the cranberries in the zucchini bread! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I don’t always have the best luck in baking, but for some reason, my breads usually turn out pretty good.

    About the comments, I do think a lot of bloggers have noticed a decrease in the summer, except maybe PW! Maybe we should try giving away a stand mixer to generate some comments! :-)

    P.S. I’ve never been a lurker and do take the time to leave comments. I haven’t seen a comment from you in awhile on BigSisLilSis. I hope you’re still reading, cuz you know we’re crazy about you. :-)

  2. I’ve been looking for a way to use up the last little bit of mascarpone in my fridge, I think I’ve found the answer! Thanks Peabody!

    I don’t usually comment, but I will try to change my non-commenting ways to thank you for all the hard work you put into this site. You deserve a little love!

  3. I should send this recipe to my father-in-law… He planted something insane like 3 zucchini plants this year. ;) Looks DELISH!

  4. What a fabulous combo and the colors are awesome!

  5. A beautiful write up..’clash of seasons’ is a wonderful theme! Gorgeous photos!

  6. Ariana from Chicago says:

    A big “You’re a Star!” sticker from me! Should have told you I loved your John Hughes posts. Soo cool. Even if I don’t get a chance to read your blog I sometimes see a mention on another one or one of your recipes is referenced. That’s great recognition, no? Speaking of Pioneer Woman, if she doesn’t do a giveaway, didn’t you notice her comments drop down to like 200? Don’t feel bad! We are here.

  7. Hi Peabody,

    I’ve never commented before but I look at your site every week and wanted to say thanks for the great blog! Everything always looks so good. I’ll try not to be such a lurker in the future! :)

  8. The cranberries sound like a fabulous addition – great idea! I have a friend who says that the only time he locks his car is during zucchini season.

  9. I have cranberries in the freezer that I’ve forgotten about! Gotta break ‘em out.

    Also. I can’t remember if I commented before, but I’m always reading. (I can get hundreds of visits to my blog and … two comments. Don’t know how you people do it.)

  10. Brilliant way to boast your comments! :) Don’t give up on me! I’m still checking and I still love your recipes! In fact, I’ve had a zucchini on my counter for weeks just waiting for this one! Pretty much no body comment on my blog, but I’m still posting- I can’t help myself. :) I guess I am just doing it for me. :) But here is a “sticker” from me. :)

  11. It still feels like the middle of summer here. September is always the worst month here. The trade winds drop off and the humidity rises, along with my temper. Sigh. Enough about me. The zucchini bread looks great and the cranberry sauce on top is something I had not heard of before. Unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of neighbors dropping off a bag full or two so I will have to head to Safeway and pick up a few and try out this recipe. Your blog is my favorite one and I read itall the time and try to remember to post a comment.

  12. Zucchini-cranberry bread sounds delicious and very fall-ish! I’m definitely a big fan of summer but I really love fall, too, and a lot of my favorite foods and ingredients are fall-winter foods.

  13. That looks amazing. I am definitely starring this to make in the future!

  14. They look so pretty, with the specks of green…but that glaze takes it to a whole ‘nother level. Yum.

  15. What a great combo for this time of year. I can’t wait for fall baking!

  16. Aww! You’re so much better than PW! I don’t buy that “keepin it real” thing and bazillion dollars of give aways.

  17. I’ve still been reading but haven’t been able to check in as often. I love your stories and your recipies are even better. I recently tried one of your cake recipes, and it was the best thing I had ever made. So thank you.

  18. Must…have…bread…

  19. Bring on the fall! Bet this tastes really fine :) Cute photo with one glazed and the other two not.

  20. i was a regular but stopped reading the blog other than sporadically because it started getting to be mostly complaining about things, and some things you said offended me. that’s just me, but just letting you know.

  21. My reading has slowed down because I have been out of town, but I still love catching up on your blog. I really enjoy your posts. Sadly, though, my office blocks the site you post your pictures on, so for my other favorite part of the blog, I just have to use my imagination. I loved your pics, and I miss them!

  22. Hi! I am planning a bridal shower for a friend and I can’t wait to make the Orange Spice Chai Cupcakes…all of your posts look so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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