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Zucchini Bread

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userinfoHusband Guy and I made zucchini bread today. It turned out awesome. The birds are also nibbling on little pieces we gave them =) The recipe makes two loaves, but we only had one bread pan, so we used that and poured the rest into muffin tins. So, now, we have a loaf of zucchini bread and a dozen zucchini muffins. =)


Two things I've learned from the few times we've tried to follow other peoples' recipes:

1. People are generally pretty retarded about what constitutes "one step" in a procedure.

One step means one action. One verb in the sentence. One. Not seven. One. Do ONE thing and that is ONE step. Don't call it an "Easy Three Step Process" if I'm doing six things in each "step". This is actually a very common and widespread problem. Technical writers, software QA folks who write bug reports, recipe writers... All across the board, I see people consistently unable to correctly count to ONE. Boggle.

2. Baking recipes use WAY too much sugar than necessary.

I always halve the sugar in all baking recipes I get. The sugar content is too overpowering if I use the amount that is written. I find that the flavours of the other ingredients are actually stronger and have more depth if there is less sugar.


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nicosian
Mar. 9th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
I find US cookbooks/recipes contain just a stupid amount of sugar for recipes. I knock it back by a quarter, as baking is more chemistry than cookery and I don't want to completely mess up the recipe.

For ice cream recipes, however, I'll use way less sugar. When you're using all natural ingredients, there's no need for so much sugar.

bride
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Half has always worked just fine for me.

I got a box of gumdrop candies from a friend in the States. They were about teaspoon sized, but I could only eat half of a gumdrop because they were so insanely sweet.
nicosian
Mar. 9th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I think the US palate is more "sweet" oriented. Lots of things are madly sugary there, more so than here.
kelliem
Mar. 9th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I totally agree about the overuse of sugar. I usually cut back the sugar in my recipes by at least a third.
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