Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Zucchini Bread

Every summer I look forward to zucchini bread. I can't believe that it is getting close to the end of summer and I just barely made zucchini bread for the first time this year. I have been waiting all summer for my zucchini plant to actually produce some zucchini's. First it had a pretty rough start since it didn't get warm here until pretty late in the season, then for some unknown reason the first few zucchini's on the plant got about 2 inches long and then just quit growing. Finally about a week ago I had a zucchini growing that I just knew was going to make a tasty loaf of bread, well much to my dismay I went out to check on it and our chickens had pecked holes all over in it along with the leaves of the zucchini plant and many other plants in my garden. I couldn't believe it! So I gave up trying to grow my own zucchini and just bought some at the store the next day. I couldn't wait any longer. I didn't even let the first loaf cool all of the way before spreading some butter on a nice thick piece and enjoying my first taste of zucchini bread this year!

Here's a tip for anyone with zucchini coming out your ears(I'm jealous!) You can shred the zucchini and measure the amount you need for a recipe(this one calls for 2 cups) into a freezer bag and stick in the freezer. Then when you are ready to use it simply thaw it and its ready to use. I have done this in the past and I love being able to bake up some zucchini bread in the middle of winter instead of having to wait until summer to enjoy some.

Zucchini Bread

3 eggs

1 cup oil

2 cups sugar

1 Tbsp vanilla

2 cups shredded zucchini

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 Tbsp cinnamon

3 cups flour

In a mixer beat the eggs, then add the oil and mix it into the eggs. Add the sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add the zucchini. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Pour the batter into two greased 9x5 loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.

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