Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Best Zucchini Bread

Our garden is in full production mode right now. The peppers, tomatoes, corn, and squash are abundant. As we began gathering from our bounty this year, the first vegetables to ripen were the zucchini, and, just like always, when they start coming in, they come in! We only grow 2 plants because they always produce so abundantly. Everyday, we are getting 2-3 mature zucchini from the plants. For 2 people, that is a lot of zucchini! While we love grilled and baked zucchini, my husband asked me to develop a zucchini bread recipe, as he had never tried it before and had always heard of it. I was shocked! How could you grow up here and never have tried zucchini bread? Now, for those of you that are not from the South and have never eaten zucchini bread, please do not think that it is some bread that tastes like zucchini, because you would be sorely mistaken. This bread is moist and tender, filled with cinnamon flavor. For you mothers out there, this is also a great way to work some vegetables into your children's diets.

4 Cup Zucchini, Grated
FOR THE DRY INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
FOR THE WET INGREDIENTS
3 Eggs
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Cinnamon Apple Sauce
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use a whisk to thoroughly combine and sift the ingredients.
2. Combine the wet ingredients in a large measuring cup. Whisk to combine.
3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, using the whisk to combine.
4. Mix the grated zucchini into the batter.
5. Prepare 2 standard size loaf pans with shortening and flour. Pour half of the batter into each prepared pan.
6. Place in a preheated 325-degree oven. Bake for 55 minutes. The bread should be golden brown and produce a clean toothpick when tested.
7. Place the pans on a wire rack and cool for 5 minutes before turning out.
8. Slice and enjoy.
9. Store leftovers tightly wrapped and in the refrigerator.



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