Editor's Note: Do you have the happy problem of having too much zucchini and don't quite know what to do with it all? This recipe for Zucchini Bread recipe just might be what you need! This quick bread includes a medley of flavors that you and your family will love. It will also make a serious dent in your zucchini harvest! After the loaves have cooled completely, consider storing one loaf in the freezer to enjoy over breakfast or for a snack in a few weeks. You could even bake a few extra loaves of this easy bread recipe to share with friends and neighbors.
Makes2 loaves, or 24 slices
Preparation Time20 min
Cooking Time1 hr 15 min
Make Ahead RecipeYes
Taste and TextureChewy, Nutty, Savory, Sweet
Type of DishQuickbreads
- 3 cups (750 mL) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon (5 mL) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) salt
- 1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) baking soda
- 3 extra-large eggs
- 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (250 mL) packed light brown sugar
- 2 cups (500 mL) canola oil
- 2 teaspoons (10 mL) vanilla
- 2 cups (500 mL) shredded zucchini
- 1 3/4 cup (425 mL) walnut pieces
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) and grease and flour two 9-by-5-inch (2 L) loaf pans.
Sift together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and baking soda; set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. Add oil and vanilla in a slow, steady stream, mixing constantly. Stir in flour mixture alternately with zucchini, making 3 additions of flour mixture and 2 of zucchini. Stir in nuts.
Pour into prepared pans and bake for 75 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of a loaf comes out with a crumb clinging to it.
Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove from pans while warm.
Tips from the Cookstr Editor
Do You Peel Zucchini When Making Bread?
Since the zucchini will be shredded very finely, you do no need to peel the zucchini before shredding or grating it. The zucchini will be tender enough when baked into the bread that peeling is inconsequential. Simply make sure to wash your zucchini thoroughly before shredding it.
How to Grate Zucchini for Bread
The quickest and easiest way to grate zucchini is by using a shredding or grating disc with your food processor. If you do not have a food processor or the appropriate discs, you can use a box grater or handheld grater to shred the zucchini.
Should I Squeeze the Zucchini Dry?
Although the recipe does not call for it, you might consider draining the shredded zucchini if your batter seems too wet after adding the oil and vanilla. You can do this by squeezing the zucchini in a clean towel over the sink, or by setting it in a colander in the sink and letting it drain as you prepare the rest of the batter. Removing the excess moisture from the zucchini will prevent your loaf from being too wet and heavy.
If you liked this zucchini bread recipe and are interested in making more homemade bread recipes, be sure to check out Make Your Own Bread: 6 Tricks to Baking Bread from Scratch
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2007 Andrew Schloss