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Bread Whore – Bread, Cakes, and Knuckle Sammiches

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Arguably, not my finest hour.

But in my defense – I didn’t throw the first punch, and any damage I caused was in the name of self-defense… even when Eileen W. menaced the crowd with her unsettlingly heavy carpet bag purse (I kinda think she liberated J&J’s of all their fruitcakes.)

To be fair, quick breads like Date- Nut Bread, Banana Bread, and even the fateful Butternut Squash Bread, are in fact – cake. The embattled discussions abound on the interwebbynetoverse concerning it. Some say they’re called bread because they use chemical leavening. Some say it’s because they’re less sweet. Some say it’s the proportions of fat to flour to sugar…. or wet to dry… or fruit to nuts… or… or… or…

Hogwash.

Plain and simple – it’s because they are cooked in loaf pans… like a loaf of bread. I can, at this very moment, close my eyes and lay my hands on a half a dozen recipes of cakes that meet the very same identifiers.

So, put down your fight’n spatulas, and let’s just agree to disagree. It’s a cake – but I’m calling it bread. And, if you don’t like it… I’ve got a week-old baguette with your name on it.

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Butternut Squash Bread

©Plate Fodder 2013
Makes 4 Mini or 2 Standard Loaves
Ingredients
3 Cups Self Rising Flour (or 3 Cups  AP Flour / 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda / 1 Teaspoon Salt)
1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Pinch Allspice
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 Whole Butternut Squash (it should be somewhere between 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 Cups of Cooked Squash)
4 Eggs – Beaten
1 1/4 Cups Vegetable Oil
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325
  2. Peel and remove the seeds from the squash, and dice into 1/2” cubes
  3. Place in a bowl with the spices cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 8 minutes. Remove, stir, recover and microwave on high for another 2 minutes – set aside to cool slightly
  4. With a masher or processor, process the squash into a smooth pulp
  5. Beat the eggs sugar and oil into the cooled squash
  6. Stir in the flour
  7. Line the loaf pans with parchment paper and lightly spray with pam
  8. Pour the batter into the pans 3/4 full
  9. Bake at 325 for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. (cooking time will vary depending on the moisture content of the squash)
  10. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes before unmolding
  11. Cool completely before storing
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* The Dahlonega Nougat is a fictitious paper in a very real town. The name is a play on our very own paper “The Dahlonega Nugget”.  Which, if you’ve read, you’ll agree we have better articles.

2 comments on “Bread Whore – Bread, Cakes, and Knuckle Sammiches

  1. Phong Hong
    December 24, 2013

    Hah! Hah! Hah! Very funny, Toby! Well, you have certainly answered the question that has been in my head as in why is banana bread called a bread when to me it is just like a banana cake :)

    • Phong Hong
      December 24, 2013

      Oh, Toby I forgot! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Jane and all at home!

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