Lemon Basil Zucchini Bread

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This is truly everything I could have dreamed of in a loaf of zucchini bread. It is gently sweet, with a brightness from the lemon that is perfectly balanced by the herbal notes of the basil sugar.

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Ingredients
- Serves 8 +
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to taste Crème Fraîche , for topping
Basil Sugar
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar , I use organic cane sugar
1 zested Lemon , 1/2 tsp of zest
Zucchini Bread
2 tablespoon Ground Flaxseed , soaked in 5 Tbsp water for 5 minutes
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup Yogurt
1 juiced, zested Large Lemon , 2 Tbsp of juice, 1 Tbsp of zest
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
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STEP 1
Bring some water to boil in a saucepan and prepare an ice bath in a small bowl.
STEP 2
Blanch the Fresh Basil (1/4 cup) leaves by placing the leaves in the boiling water for 10 seconds, then plunge them into the ice bath until the leaves are cool.
STEP 3
Remove the leaves from the ice bath and thoroughly, but gently, dry the leaves (I gently squeeze them & then spread them out & press them between 2 paper towels to dry them as much as possible.
STEP 4
Process the Granulated Sugar (1/2 cup), basil, and zest of the Lemon (1) in a food processor until the basil is fully incorporated into the sugar, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Set aside.
STEP 5
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat an 8x4-inch loaf pan with cooking spray or butter, set aside.
STEP 6
In a large bowl, add the Granulated Sugar (1/3 cup), 1/3 cup of the basil sugar, zest and juice of the Lemon (1), Ground Flaxseed (2 tablespoon) mixed with 5 Tbsp Water, Olive Oil (1/3 cup), Yogurt (1/3 cup), and Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon). Whisk until well combined.
STEP 7
Add the Zucchini (1 1/2 cup) to the wet ingredients and stir until zucchini is incorporated.
STEP 8
In a separate bowl, sift together the All-Purpose Flour (1 3/4 cup), Baking Powder (1 tablespoon), and Baking Soda (1 teaspoon). Add in Salt (1/2 teaspoon) and whisk to combine.
STEP 9
Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in three additions, gently folding with a spatula to combine.
STEP 10
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. The finished loaf will have a golden-brown crust.
STEP 11
Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
STEP 12
Best eaten the next day (if you can handle waiting). Serve alone at room temperature in slices, or top each slice with a dollop of Crème Fraîche (to taste) and Basil Sugar.
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