ginger pair

As summer cools off, we can start getting our baking fixes without dying of heat stroke—hooray! But if you still want to hang onto that summer sunshine, this recipe combines yellow squash (the underappreciated sibling of zucchini) with lemon and ginger for a sweet golden pop that’ll wake you up in the morning.

The three stars here are squash, lemon, and ginger. Squash is not particularly known for herbal or magical attributes, but it’s a sun-soaked vegetable full of nutrition. It wouldn’t be a stretch to consider squash as a stand-in for sun water or another sun ingredient in baking applications—after all, it’s 90% water and grows best in the full blaze of midsummer! Lemon has cleansing properties and is well known to help wake up a sleepy mind, making it a great breakfast bread ingredient…especially when paired with ginger. Ginger’s a protective, fiery magical ingredient and a powerful anti-inflammatory that soothes internal pains. Together, they make for an invigorating flavor with delicious benefits!

If you would like, prepare yourself for the recipe by setting up each ingredient before you start (mise en place!) and focusing on the outcome you want—a meal that will wake you up in the early school mornings, a snack that will keep you alert after a long day of work, a tasty ward against the oncoming colds and flu—whatever you think is an appropriate purpose for this sunny bread (hint: it’s all of them!). Make sure to combine your ingredients purposefully. Lighting a candle may help you focus, if you need the help!

Ingredients:

1 1⁄2 cups flour

1 1⁄2 cups yellow squash (grated or pureed)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

A pinch of ginger, to taste

2 eggs

3⁄4 cup sugar

1⁄2 cup oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

OPTIONAL:

Zest of a lemon + 1 tbsp of juice, if you want it real lemony

Candied lemon-ginger peel, to taste

Lemon glaze

Instructions:

Sift together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon). Combine and beat eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil, and candied peel in a separate bowl. Add juice and zest if using. Mix in dry ingredients, stirring just until batter is wet, avoiding overmixing. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and remove from pan; top with glaze and, if you want, some extra candied peel. Try not to eat it all at once!

Lemon(s)

Grated or powdered ginger

Sugar, 1-2 cups as needed

Water to cover peels + ½ cup

Peel lemon with a vegetable peeler, trying to remove only the yellow skin with as little white (pith) as possible. Slice into thin strips and place in a pan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil for 30s then drain (this helps cook out bitterness, in case you have pith still on). If there’s a lot of pith on your lemon peel, add a pinch of salt to the water and blanch a second time. Place blanched peels in dry pot and cover with sugar. Add the ½ cup of water and the ginger and slowly bring up the heat to a simmer, dissolving the sugar and being careful not to caramelize or burn the solution. You should be able to simmer on low for 40-60 minutes like this to really candy the peels. Drain the peels (saving the sugar syrup for glaze) and either coat in sugar (if you want some to eat later) or chop when cooled for the bread!

Lemon Glaze:

Using the syrup from the lemon peels, add lemon juice and powdered sugar to taste. Drizzle hot over the fresh loaves. If you have not made the lemon peels and still want glaze, combine 1 tbsp lemon juice with ½ powdered sugar and mix in the zest of one lemon, adjusting proportions as you like.


The loaves are delicious with or without the glaze and peel, and the peel is super tasty as a candied treat by itself (and makes a great gift). Enjoy!

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DalmyDoDat Creations is moving!

Myself and Ginger are moving this coming July and in order to help with our moving costs, we’re opening for ONE artistic liberty suit! You pick the species, and we’ll do the rest. This if for a flat $1500 cost and comes with a FULL plantigrade suit with indoor footpaws, a FULL digital piece by Ginger, and a pair of Fursace underwear to match the suit!

If interested, just send an email to Dalmy@DalmyDoDat.com