Thursday, May 22, 2014

Zucchini Bread

One of the reasons I love this time of year... homegrown, giant ZUCCHINI! My parents garden always produces massive amounts of zucchini during the spring/summer. Our baking and cooking can barely keep up with the seemingly never-ending supply, so it's a good thing you can use shredded zucchini in so many different kinds of recipes.


I happen to love shredded zucchini in my baked goods and treats... in breads, cookies, muffins, pancakes, or scones! The zucchini cooks down (you can't even taste it) and gives the baked good really great moisture. I wanted to share this recipe for Zucchini Bread because it is simple and basic, but oh-so delicious.


You can eat this moist, tasty Zucchini Bread for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert! Since this is a fantastic basic Zucchini Bread recipe, feel free to make it your own. You could make the bread without walnuts, or add raisins or mini chocolate chips... next time I'm going to try making it with applesauce instead of oil, and adding some shredded carrots and raisins. YUM!

Zucchini Bread
adapted from allrecipes.com
makes 2 loaves

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar (I only used 1 1/2 cups)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:
Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.


Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.


Note: The longer the bread sits, the more moist it will become. 


Store in the refrigerator up to a week or you can freeze any extra loaves!

Zucchini Bread is a great way to sneak some veggies into your picky eater too; they'll never even know they are eating zucchini. The bread is moist, has a great spiced flavor and nice texture from the walnuts. YUM! I like mine served warm with some butter or cream cheese on top.

Enjoy!

- Janel



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