Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Best Zucchini Bread

If you're looking for a great way to use up zucchini, this is your lucky day. What you're looking at is the best zucchini bread (at least the best I've ever had!) I've been wanting to make this bread since we planted the zucchini. It's so yummy even my grandma asked for the recipe... and that's a huge compliment because she's an amazing cook. I took a loaf to work and everyone seemed to enjoy it. I have to agree with my stripper friend Tina (as in floor stripper!) when she says it reminds her of Amish friendship bread. Miss Picky Pants Makayla will even eat this bread. That's how you know this recipe's a MUST try. Enjoy :)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 capful black walnut extract (or 1 cup walnuts), optional
2 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP butter

Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, walnut extract and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans. Sprinkle each loaf with 1 TBSP of sugar evenly over the top. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Spread 1 TBSP of butter on each loaf of hot bread.


Denise said...

Heidi, the bread looks so moist.
I never heard of black walnut extract. I will have to look for it. It probably added so much to the bread. yum

Kristen said...

that sounds and looks delicious - I love zucchini bread!

Snow White said...

love zucchini bread -- yum.

Donna-FFW said...

Zucchini bread is made here every summer. Chocolate zucchini bread too:) Black walnut extract sounds intriguing.

the ungourmet said...

Heidi this looks great! I would love to try the black walnut extract.

I can't keep up with my zucchini right now. I don't know why I planted 2 of them! What was I thinking???

Willoughby said...

Zucchini bread is the best! Have you ever toasted it? I like to lay slices on a cookie sheet and toast them under the broiler for a few minutes. It seems to deepen the flavor. Great for breakfast with or without butter.

I can't wait to try this recipe!

Finsmom said...

I look forward to trying this one - sounds fantastic!

Lara said...

Perfect timing! I just got a boatload of zucchini from my produce co-op!

Rachel said...

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this post! I had stopped at the grocery store real quick yesterday to pick up a couple of zucchinis (before they went off sale), b/c I've been wanting to make zucchini bread for my husband...he's never tried it. I literally have "find zucchini bread recipe" on my to-do list for today, but now I can check that off! This looks great and I'm most definitely going to try it out!

Allison said...

My MIL would love this! Might make it for her soon.

I left you an award today!

Katy ~ said...

It has been forever since I made a zucchini bread like this and boy does it ever look good! I'll have to look for the black walnut extract as well; I don't recall seeing it the last time I was looking for an extract. Can't wait to try this one.

Delectable Dining said...

I just got some zucchini from a friend-- it looks like I am making your fried zucchini and this zucchini bread! They both look so good!

Karine said...

I believe I have never had zucchini bread!

Snowbell said...

Zucchini bread scares the living day light of me but maybe it's time I tried????

Anonymous said...

Happy Saturday ShareFest. My tummy is rumbling reading your Zucchini bread post. Yummy!

Charlene said...

I actually don't have a zuccini laying around but now I need to go get some! YUM!