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Aug 5, 2011

Food for Thought - Zucchini Bread

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Hey, how are your gardens doing? Usually by this time of year we have plenty of fresh produce just waiting to be eaten. This year May and June were so rainy we were forced to plant everything late and now that we have stuff actually growing, nothing is producing. Today my sweetie brought in a cabbage and four beautiful little zucchini. I was so excited! Most of us love zucchini at our house for at least the first month… My favorite way to cook them is to slice them about an eighth of an inch thick. Then I toss them all into a frying pan on medium heat with a couple of tablespoons of butter. I stir them every few minutes so they don’t burn, otherwise I keep them covered. Once they start to look clear, they are done. Yumm! My second favorite way to use zucchini is the 3rd grade Zucchini Contest. Our elementary school does have a sense of humor. In the fall, after the harvest is in full swing and people have tired of zucchini, they have a contest to see who can dress the biggest zucchini in the funniest way. We have turned ginormous zucchini into Santa, baseball players, Frankenstein…anything goes! We have also provided zucchini for those poor unfortunate souls who don’t grow gardens. Several years ago, our church had a pumpkin-carving contest and instead of pumpkins, we used extra large zucchini, covered them with fake blood, and labeled them Ammon’s Enemies. (That’s BOM humor…Ammon cut off all the arms of the guys who tried to kill him.) Ewww! But I do want to share a recipe with you today. I’m not sure where this recipe came from originally, but it has become a family favorite. The only downside is that with the shredded zucchini, the dough doesn’t taste very good. I always add extra walnuts (because I love nuts!) and make sure you stir it well or all the nuts and raisins will end up in the bottom of your loaf. Even my icky picky eaters love this bread and they know it has zucchini in it. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Zucchini Bread

2 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
3 eggs
2 cups sugar
¾ cup oil
2 cups grated zucchini
1 ½ cups chopped walnuts
½ cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Put aside beaten eggs. Add sugar and beat until thick.

Add oil and beat well. Mix in zucchini, nuts, and raisins.

Add the dry ingredients and mix well.



Pour into well-greased and floured bread pans.
 Bake for 50 minutes or until done.


Enjoy!

7 comments:

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Looks so good! I will have to try it.

Sara Bell said...

I used to LOVE zucchini bread! My husband has Celiac Disease and is very sensitive so he gets sick even if I eat it. Also he's allergic to zucchini. I haven't had it in about three years now. =[

Prima Donna said...

Zucchini bread is soooooooo delicious but its even better when mom sometimes lets us substitute the raisins for chocolate chips!

Sant Family said...

I love zucchini! I love love love love it! I have never even grown tired of it! I have a chocolate cake zucchini recipe from my grandma and it is divine! When I can't use it immediately I shred it and freeze it in 2 cup baggies. Sadly, we don't have a garden this year. We aren't used to gardening in Louisiana and totally missed the late February/ early March plant time so I am totally jealous!

GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

I LOVE Zucchini bread. Our neighbors gave us 2 HUGE zucchinis last week. We are those unfortunate souls that don't have a garden.... We hope to change that next year!

Arkansas Patti said...

Somehow I have lived 72 years with out ever eating zucchini. Think I could do that bread. Thanks.

Dog-Walker said...

I love Zucchini Bread, even though that some of the parts of the bread is nutty. Zucchini bread should be a tradition for all of us.

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