hot and delicious right from the oven!

Fresh from the oven

Here it is- straight out of the oven. Crisp and golden brown, when cut open the steam rises revealing the soft, crummy inside. Zucchini Bread. Cinnamon and deliciousness. There is nothing quite like it. When I bake up a batch, I can’t refrain from popping that first loaf out of the pan to slice off that first steamy piece of bread. Brush a little butter on and watch it melt into the bread. Pair it with a steamy cup of coffee or tea and enjoy a moment of wonder, or a lovely afternoon break curled up on the couch to enjoy the flavors!

Here’s my to-do list to tackle before those loaves ever come out of the oven:

Grow, buy, or find (please don’t steal) a nice looking zucchini.

Wash, seed and shred said nice looking zucchini. A food processor comes in very handy here. A food processor big enough for the job. Hands and a cheese grater come in handy too. (When said food processor is a bit small for the job.) Any excess grated zucchini can be measured and frozen in quart bags for future bread-making sessions.

the little chopper that could...

32 cups later and my arm was tired...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, now comes the most important part: the recipe! This recipe belonged to my great-grandmother and I copied it from her faded, yellowed card that was covered with flour dust and oil spots. My recipe card does not look so loved, but, luckily, the bread tastes just as good.

ZUCCHINI BREAD

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cups nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl mix wet ingredients. Add zucchini and combine. Add dry ingredients a little at a time, stirring after each addition. Add nuts if using. Pour batter into 3 greased bread pans and bake for 1 hour. Check for doneness by inserting toothpick in center. If it comes out clean, it’s done! (I live in high altitude so I bake mine at 335-ish and take out after 45 minutes or so). Enjoy!

The loaves can be frozen for future tastiness, can be given to people you really like, or can be the star of a tea party. I like mine toasted in the toaster oven until the edges are crispy and the butter melts right in…

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