Garden-Fresh Zucchini Bread
By Kendra Holubec
It’s that time of year—the time when the zucchini plants go WILD! Every winter, I dream of fresh zucchini—can’t wait to taste it, to savor it! And by mid-July or August, I’m so sick of it I can hardly stand the sight of them!
If you garden, you know what I’m talking about. I’m having a hard time getting my tomatoes to set, but not the zucchini. Each year, I try new recipes to find some other way to prepare zucchini. So I thought I’d share one of my favorite ways to cook (and eat) zucchini. It is really simple. I don’t do “fancy” food. Even if I did, My Love wouldn’t eat it.
For Zucchini Bread, you will need…
1 cup oil (I use coconut oil)
2 cups sugar
2 cups zucchini, grated (about 1 med. zucchini)
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup nuts, chopped (I use pecans)
First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the eggs and then the oil, sugar, grated zucchini and vanilla. Beat well between each addition.
Next, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add to the wet ingredients. Add nuts, if desired.
Bake in a loaf pan (makes 2 small loaves) or, my favorite, in muffin tins. I love to use this Cream Cheese Filling recipe as a frosting for zucchini bread muffins, as well. SUPER yummy!
For Cream Cheese Filling, you will need:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 tbsp. butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Beat the softened cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla together until smooth. Top the zucchini muffins and enjoy!
For more recipes from Kendra, and for a glimpse into her farm life, visit http://texasfarmchic.blogspot.com.
Recipe: Zucchini Bread
Summary: A sweet breakfast treat, straight from the garden
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups zucchini, grated
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup nuts, chopped
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add the eggs and then the oil, sugar, grated zucchini and vanilla. Beat well between each addition.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients.
- Add nuts, if desired.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Serve and enjoy!
Prep time (duration): 10 minutes
Cook time (duration): 50-60 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 12