Zesty Zucchini Twist Bread
Garden vegetables combine with wheat and oats for nutritious, moist and delicious bread.
Yield: 1 loaf
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • ½ cup oatmeal, quick or regular
  • ½ cup zucchini, grated and drained
  • 2 Tbsp green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup red pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Romano cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp lemon pepper
  • 1½ tsp RED STAR Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 tsp milk (for wash)
Bread Machine Method
  1. Place room temperature ingredients in pan in order listed. Select DOUGH setting. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, ½ to 1 tablespoon at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information. When cycle is complete, remove dough from pan. Continue with Shaping, Rising and Baking directions below. (Or select BASIC cycle for untwisted version.)
Traditional Method
  1. Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, oatmeal, lemon pepper, salt, sugar and cheese. Heat oil and buttermilk to 120°-130°F. Add to flour mixture. Beat 3 minutes on medium speed. Add pepper, onion, and zucchini. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in lightly greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.
Shaping, Rising and Baking
  1. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide dough in half; let relax 5 minutes. Roll each part into an 8- inch rope. Overlap two ends; twist ropes together. Pinch ends to seal; tuck under. Place in greased 8 x 4- inch loaf pan. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after lightly touching. Gently brush risen loaf with 1 tsp milk. Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from pan; cool on rack.
  2. You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use ½ tsp Instant yeast (or ¾ tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.
  3. Recipe featured at Thyme In Our Kitchen.
Recipe by Red Star Yeast at https://redstaryeast.com/recipes/zesty-zucchini-twist/