Saturday, August 23, 2008

Zucchini Bread!

Well, it's that time of year again. That time when friends hand you zucchini's from their garden because they have them coming out their ears. Or when you wake up in the morning and find a small pile of zucchinis on your porch that were left there by some little garden fairy. Or you hear a knock at your door, and when you answer it, there is a zucchini on the step in front of you, but no one around.

Has anyone NOT been given some zucchini yet?

Some friends of ours gave us two. Here's what we did with them.(and by we, I mean me and the boys, in what turned out to be a cooking and cleaning demo....don't get me started. *sigh* )

Ok. Remember now. I have three (ravenous)boys. We made these around midday. The first loaf was gone by 5:00. That's right. I'm lucky I even got a taste!

Today-the day after we made them, the second loaf is 3/4 gone at dinnertime.

Yes, it is good. The boys are fully aware that it has zucchini and that zucchini is a vegetable, and that it is good for you, but like I said...It is gooood.

Sean on the other hand, will just eat anything that even slightly resembles cake.

Here's the recipe I used, which was my mom's. Thanks mom! Sorry it won't last long enough for you to get a taste. Next year I'll have to make I dunno, like two dozen loaves. That should get us through a day or two.

3 eggs

2 1/2 c sugar

1 c oil

2 c grated zucchini

3 c flour

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 c finely chopped walnuts ( optional) -the loaves I made this time did not have any nuts in them.

( I did add a dash of nutmeg and small splash of vanilla as well, which was not in the recipe. I know, I am a rebel)

Mix DRY ingredients together in a bowl-EXCEPT THE SUGAR

in the bowl for your mixer, blend eggs and sugar til creamy.

Add to the egg and sugar mix, the oil and the zucchini

Then slowly add dry ingredients until mixed well. Add nuts last.

Grease and flour two loaf pans

* I used lard to grease them with, and then instead of flour, I shook sugar around the bottom and sides. This makes for a nice sweet outer crust when it's done, and the sugar does not burn)

BAKE @350 for 1 hour

Insert toothpick or tester to make sure it's done- stick should come out clean.

Voila! There you have it. Your kids will devour it and BEG you for more!

The best is when you warm it up a little and spread butter on it. Yummy!


Liz said...

Thanks I will use your recipe since my zucchini bread recipe never does come out that good! Love the pics....

danielle said...

OOh! I hpe it comes out alright! It's so good! Hope to see you soon!
Love ya!

Jean said...

Looks so good! I can just imagine the sugar crunch on the outside! Yummy!