When one hears rye bread, crusty, hearty artisan style bread comes to mind. This is not that. Soft, slightly sweet, flavored with cinnamon and nutmeg, this is a different kind of rye bread. Studded with chewy dates that play off the earthy flavors of the rye flour, this bread is equally at home in savory (grilled cheese!) or sweet applications.
What better way to wrap up the last full month of summer than with a recipe that uses up that certain produce everyone who owns a garden is trying to foist onto everyone else right now. Zucchini! Love it or hate it, it is quite abundant this time of year. And even if you don’t like this green veggie, hiding it in a chocolate quick bread is obviously the best thing to do with it. It will certainly make you reconsider your non-zucchini eating stance. And, as usual, we’ve got you covered with a gluten-free variation and a whole wheat/natural sugar variation.
I love French bread for its versatility. Bread and cheese, sandwiches, garlic bread, French bread pizza, so many uses. And so many of them great for summer, when picnics and gatherings are in full swing. I had a lot of fun testing this recipe out, as bread has always been my first love when it comes to baking. As with most breads, there are a lot of variations and “correct” ways to make French bread. Here is my interpretation. Hope you enjoy, with cheese and wine of course!