Persian Zucchini Bread

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Persian Zucchini Bread
An exotic twist on an American classic
Cuisine Persian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
9x5 loaf
Ingredients
Persian Zucchini Bread
Advieh Spice Blend
Cuisine Persian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
9x5 loaf
Ingredients
Persian Zucchini Bread
Advieh Spice Blend
Instructions
  1. Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 325°F. Grease a 9” x 5” loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine the oil and sugar. Add the eggs and whisk well. Add the milk, rose water, baking soda, advieh, and salt, and whisk to combine. Stir in the zucchini and pistachios, if using, with a large spoon, then fold in the flour until combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with additional brown sugar and advieh.
  4. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until the internal temperature registers 195°F (you can also test with a toothpick). Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes before slicing it with a sharp, serrated knife.
  5. Store it in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months or so.
Recipe Notes
  1. Oil: I used extra-virgin olive oil in one version and vegetable oil in the second. I think the olive oil made it a bit more savory, which was nice, but either one works. You could also use coconut oil (unrefined won't lend much flavor to the final product).
  2. Sweetener: I used honey in the first version but found the flavor too bold (this largely depends on the intensity of your honey). I switched to brown sugar in the second version but you could use maple syrup, granulated sugar, or agave nectar. I also tried to reduce the sugar to 1/3 cup in one version but the flavor was flat. The little bit of extra sugar is well worth it.
  3. Rose water: the amount called for in the recipe just gives a hint of floral aroma. You could always bump it up to 1 tsp if you want a bit more to come through.
  4. Squash amount: the original recipe calls for 1-1/2 cups of squash but I packed even more in with 2 cups. I think that is approaching the max amount the bread can hold but maybe you can get in even more (it's like the kitchen version of double dare).
  5. Flour: you could try whole wheat, spelt, rye or any number of your favorite flours in this recipe. Also try combining 1/2 all-purpose with 1/2 of another. Each will lend a slightly different flavor.

This recipe was adapted from Cookie + Kate.

Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle

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Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle
A lightly crunchy pickle with the perfect balance of sweet, acidic, and sea flavors.
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add the vinegar, water, kombu, garlic, sugar and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to ensure the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add the carrots and cook for an additional 2 minutes (the liquid may not come back up to a boil, which is fine, the goal is to just slightly soften them).
  2. Transfer to a quart sized canning jar and allow to come to room temperature. Seal with a lid and transfer to the refrigerator. Enjoy within two months.
Recipe Notes

I sliced the carrots using the 3mm setting on my Oxo mandoline (which translates to about .12 inches).

Turmeric & Honey Compound Butter

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Turmeric & Honey Compound Butter
Makes about 1/4 cup of butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and smash together with the back of a spoon. Taste test it by adding a small amount to a piece of plain bread or cracker. Adjust seasoning as desired and do another taste test. To store, form into a log using plastic wrap and store in the freezer until ready to use.
Recipe Notes

If you need to quickly bring cold butter to room temperature, cut it into 1" pieces and place evenly on a dinner plate. Cook in the microwave in 30 second increments at 20% power. The butter should be soft to the touch but not runny.