Blog #128: Cucumber season is from May through August. Just in time for the fall, I made a cucumber pumpkin spice bread. If you garden you may have an abundance of cucumbers. I have relatives who grow cucumbers and I have not been letting them go to waste. In the summer they taste amazing with a pinch of salt. A cucumber is made up of 96% water, which makes it super hydrating on those summer hot days. Now that fall is upon us and colder mornings you may be getting sick of cucumbers or just have no idea what to do what all those cucumbers! I have a couple of ideas to help you use them up!
Cucumber Pumpkin Spice Bread
I searched online for a fall dessert to make with cucumbers. Voila, cucumber bread! But it seemed about half the reviews were good and half were not! One review on one recipe, said the cucumber bread tasted like seaweed! If you haven’t tried seaweed salad, it is amazing with a side of sushi. Although, seaweed bread does not sound appetizing at all! Many of the recipes had cucumber and sugar as the main ingredients (not including the flour). Cucumber already is considered a bitter vegetable. I did not want a bitter or just a sugar bread.
Fall spices are so delicious and for some reason taste the best during the fall season. It doesn’t feel acceptable during the other seasons, which is why now is the time to really use pumpkin spice! Of course, I wanted to make my own as I already have tons of spices at home. Boy, it was easier than I thought. For all those fall birthdays, a great gift 😉 in a pretty jar. I found the pumpkin spice recipe on the Taste of Home website.
Cucumber Pumpkin Spice Bread! The pumpkin spice will compliment the bitter cucumber. I really thought I would mess this up but it turned out to be super delicious!
You will need:
- all purpose flour
- baking soda
- baking powder
- pumpkin spice
- olive oil (I used extra olive oil, as it is all I had and it worked!)
When baking I substitute the for applesauce but because I used cucumber in this case the bread would already be super moist. I did not want the bread to fall apart!
I definitely enjoyed this cucumber pumpkin spice bread for breakfast this morning with a nice glass of cold milk. Or have it with a cup of coffee or tea. It also makes for a nice filling snack. Did I mention it is nut free? It is perfect for school lunches since all the schools here are nut free.
Cucumber Pumpkin Spice BreadCourse: SweetsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
A fall bread that is moist. Perfect for breakfast or a snack!
1 cup of cucumbers, grated (use 2 cucumbers, peeled and seeded)
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
1 tsp of pumpkin spice
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 cup of sugar
butter or cooking spray to butter loaf pan
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Wash and peel your cucumbers and remove seeds. Grate cucumbers and put in a strainer to squeeze out all the water. I removed about 1 cup from each cucumber. Leave in the strainer, as more water will continue to drain.
- While cucumber continues to drain water, prepare your batter. Grab a bowl and a strainer. Sift your flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin spice.
- Next add your wet ingredients- olive oil, sugar,eggs and cucumbers. Strain the cucumber one more time before adding to the batter. Mix with a hand mixer. By hand is a bit harder, just an FYI.
- Butter your loaf pan (9×5) and pour batter.
- Bake for 50 minutes and let cool completely before removing from pan.
- Serves 5
- For breakfast serve 2 or for a snack serve just one slice. Makes 10 slices.
What Else Can I make with Cucumbers?
There are many things you can make with cucumbers.
- My favorite 3 Ingredient Cucumber Salad
- Add cucumbers to a Fall Farro Salad
- Add it to your burger – Gouda Burger
- Infuse water with cucumbers! Super refreshing. Wash and slice one or 2 cucumbers add to a pitcher of water and let it infuse for at least 4 hours in the fridge and serve. Try it also with sparkling water!