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.
Do you ever base a dinner around a homemade loaf of bread? I certainly do. I love an easy dinner of fresh bread, salad, some good cheese and cured meat. A dinner like this calls for something more than just your basic bread though. I enjoy focaccia for this purpose because it only rises once (quicker to the table!) and the flat surface is ideal for placing that cheese and meat on.