We grew zucchini for the first time in our garden this year, and it really produces a nice yield. Each year I work on more and different ways to incorporate it into our diet, just to see all the ways in which it can be used. We've tried a few this year, and I'm not finished yet. Zucchini bread is not new, but it sure is good, and I realized as I looked at my old post on it that I didn't write the recipe out correctly. Oops, sorry!
Zucchini bread is a quick bread, so you can make it into loaves, muffins, or a cake using your favorite tube pan. "Zis cake has a hole!"- name that movie!
They freeze well and can make a nice homemade gift. It comes together easily and is so good.
Adapted from Southview Bapt. Cookbook/Joyce Riley
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. chopped pecans
1 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Tb. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini
1- 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep either two loaf pans, two muffin tins, or a tube pan by spraying with oil or cooking spray and coating with flour (or in the case of muffin tin, use liners). In a large bowl, stir or sift together dry ingredients (flour- cinnamon). In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, mix together the eggs, oil, sugar, and extracts. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Stir in the pecans, zucchini, and pineapple. Pour the mixture into your pan(s), distributing the batter evenly throughout the chosen pans. Bake loaf pans for approx 1 hour, muffins 18-20 minutes (or longer, depending on your oven), or a tube pan for around 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bread is done when lightly browned and a tester comes out clean.
- The original recipe called for a full cup of oil and 2 cups of sugar. In an effort to reduce the greasiness of the bread, I decreased the oil, and have found about 3/4 cup to be a good amount. You may need to go up or down depending on your own tastes and preferences. Same with the sugar.
- I added almond extract where it was not previously included in the recipe, and reduced the vanilla extract. The original recipe calls for 2 Tb. vanilla and no almond. I think the almond helps increase the sweetness while reducing the overall sugar content.