Hello, everyone! I hope that you enjoyed a peace-filled thanksgiving holiday. I was fortunate to be able to celebrate with my family including a lovely visit with my grandmother. Speaking of my grandmother, a few weeks ago while again visiting her, I read her local newspaper. The food section included a reader recipe exchange involving avocados. Up to this point, my experience with the fruit had been slicing it for a topping to a salad. However there was a recipe that caught my eye – Avocado Quick Bread, by MaryEllen Fabricatore and Pam Wobrock. I was intrigued by the idea of mashing the fruit, full of healthy fats, fiber and vitamins, into a loaf of bread. And I had read that California avocados grow year-round, so I was excited to purchase some avocados right away and try the recipe. I substituted the refined sugar with honey and added whole wheat flour into the mix. And yes, the batter was green when I blended the ingredients together! However, after it baked it turned a golden brown color. This bread is very moist and has a nice texture similar to pumpkin bread. I hope you enjoy this tasty treat.
1 cup honey
1 stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed avocado (about 3 avocados)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup milk with 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
–Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a loaf pan.
–Beat together honey, butter, eggs, vanilla and avocado until well blended.
–In another bowl stir flours, cinnamon, allspice, salt and baking soda.
–Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk and mix well. Stir in the raisins and walnuts.
–Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
–Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.