Friday, July 17, 2015

Zucchini Bread


Zucchini bread is one of my favorite things to make with the abundance of zucchini that grows in our garden.  

It is a quick bread (no rising time or kneading), so it is easy to make.


I usually make more than one loaf at a time.  They freeze very well, holding their shape, texture, and taste for several months.

Think ahead to a cold winter evening...
Pull out a loaf of zucchini bread from the freezer...
Just let it thaw and you've got that fabulous taste for breakfast, snack, dessert, or any time.

It has a fabulous sweet taste to it with all the added spices.



The shredded zucchini has such a vibrant color.


It keeps its beautiful coloring even after it's baked.

You can also see the walnuts in the picture above...they add a nice texture.
Sometimes I add them, sometimes I don't.


For this batch, my youngest daughter helped me keep track of the measuring - we tripled the recipe!
One for now and two for the freezer.

Zucchini Bread Recipe
Ingredients:
1 1/2  cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely shredded zucchini
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg.
In another mixing bowl combine sugar, shredded zucchini, oil, egg, and lemon zest.  Mix well.
Add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients, stirring until combined.
Fold in chopped walnuts.
Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Check with toothpick to make sure it is done in the middle.
Cool slightly, then remove from loaf pan.
Enjoy it warm or cold.  With spread butter or without.  



This is what it looks like once you have combined the wet and dry ingredients together.


I saved you a slice.  Do you want it plain or with butter? 




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20 comments:

  1. As I sit here having my morning coffee, I think that I would really like to have a slice of this zucchini bread. For whatever reason (and I know that I am in the minority) I simply cannot grow zucchini. You have encouraged me with your recipe here to hit the farm stands this weekend and buy some.

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    1. Farm stands are a great place to buy some zucchini. I love to have a slice with my morning coffee too ;-) Thank you for visiting!

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  2. I love zucchini bread and I've been thinking I need to make a loaf with the larger zucchini I have. You've inspired me to do that very thing!

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    1. I like to use the larger ones for bread also. It seems as if they are small one morning in the garden and if I don't pick it, the next morning it is huge!

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  3. We have lots of zucchini on right now as well. Love making zucchini bread and storing it for the later...ours never makes it too long before someone decides to eat it all up! Love that your daughter gets to help you bake! Nothing better!

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    1. I love it when my girls help ;-) Our doesn't last long either. We are already eating the second loaf of the three that we made!

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  4. Hi Lori. This bread looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. My zucchini plants developed mildew so I had to remove them. But I have planted some more. Enjoy your weekend :)

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    1. Thank you Pat. Sorry to hear about the mildew. I hope your next set gives you a lot to harvest.

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  5. Yum. What a treat any time of day. I think I'd like my slice with a cup a joe.

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    1. I love a slice (or two) with coffee also. We could talk for hours Daisy!

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  6. What a timely recipe with all the zucchini in my garden! I had to give some away this morning at church but I need to do something with the rest of them. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. Wow! Do I hear ya Vickie...We are picking from the zucchini plants every day. We have gave some away and made them different ways, and still have some ;-) I do love them though...

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  7. Hi LL, your bread looks seriously delicious! I would love a slice of it right now, it'd make the perfect snack!
    Thank you for sharing! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~CB

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    1. HI CB. We could sit down with some zucchini bread, coffee and some chit chat...

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  8. Perfect timing for this post on zucchini bread with all the zucchini plants producing right now. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  9. I'll take my slice plain, please! No butter needed when it sounds so yummy. I hope my plants yield enough Zucchini so I can also make a triple batch!

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    1. I hope you get lots of zucchini Susan!

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  10. I am not a fan of Zucchini but it would be fun to make and serve at a party.

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    1. It would be great at a party Glenda. It's nice to have on hand when company comes too.

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  11. I love zucchini bread and made a couple loaves the other day. One to keep and one to give away. My recipe is very similar, but just double the amounts. Yes, I always love mine with a thin layer of butter. I also put a lemon glaze on top of mine which is super yummy. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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