What's a girl going to do with all these beautiful end of the season heirloom green tomatoes. Why make sweet bread the old southern way of course. A green tomato has the remarkable flavor of perhaps an apple or zucchini. Mix in some fresh Texas Pecans and some favorite fall spices and fill your kitchen with a warm and delicious aroma coming from your oven. I'm simply making a puree of the tomatoes that can be saved in the freezer and the bread freezes quite nicely too. I'm thinking that if I make mini loaves, what a nice addition to my Christmas gift baskets they would make, along with a little jar of homemade southern marmalade.
Ingredients Heirloom Green Tomato Pecan Bread
makes 2 loaves - preheat oven to 350 degrees
1/2 cup organic sunflower oil
8 ounces whole milk greek yogurt
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 eggs farm fresh
2 cup sugar
2 cup pureed green tomatoes (drain through cheesecloth)
3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1 cup crushed pecans
Mix oil, yogurt, eggs, sugar and vanilla well. Add in Tomatoes. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Add to your wet ingredients and blend well. Stir in pecans. Divide in half in two loaf pans. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Test with toothpick. If center comes out clean it is done. Cool on wire racks.
Ingredients Southern Citrus Marmalade
makes 6 half pint jars
1 cup water
2 oranges thinly sliced
1 lemon thinly sliced
6 large green tomatoes minced
4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
In a heavy bottom pot place the orange and lemon slices in water and cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes until the fruit becomes tender. Stir in the green tomatoes, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Bring down the heat to a simmer for about 3 1/2 hours or until mixture becomes thick.
Pour hot mixture into hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 head space. Remove the air bubbles with spatula. Be sure the rims are wiped clean. Place on caps and seals. Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes.