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~* Recipe of the Week *~

25 Sep

~* Zucchini Bread *~

I harvested a rather large zucchini from my backyard garden the other week and decided to use half of it to make this yummy version of zucchini bread I found on the Betty Crocker website. The only difference between this recipe and the zucchini bread I made was that I didn’t add any cloves or raisins to mine, and the I used fresh almonds for the chopped nuts option. I was able to make 2 loaves with this recipe:

Total Preparation and Cook Time: 3 and 1/2 hours  (2 hours involves allowing the loaves to cool before serving)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 and 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsps baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins, if desired

Preparation:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 (8×4-inch) loaf pans or 1 (9×5-inch) loaf pan with shortening or cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, stir zucchini, sugar, oil, vanilla and eggs until well mixed.
  3.  Stir in remaining ingredients except nuts and raisins. After the batter is mixed well, then stir in the nuts and raisins.
  4. Divide batter evenly between 8-inch pans or pour into 9-inch pan. Bake 8-inch loaves 50 to 60 minutes, 9-inch loaf 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pans on cooling rack 10 minutes.
  6. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on cooling rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing.

(Storage: Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.  I wrapped my 2nd loaf in plastic wrap and then again in aluminum foil and have it stored in my freezer for another day!)

** Please note that I was in no way influenced by Betty Crocker or asked to post or use this recipe from their website. Since this is the recipe that I found when doing a search for zucchini bread, I chose to use it and share it with you.

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