So, it's the middle of summer and you have SO much zucchini coming out of the garden you can't even give it away anymore! What do you do!? Well, you can make zucchini bread. There are dozens of recipes for zucchini bread and not a single one of them is the "right" one. You really just have to give it a try and find one that makes your taste buds happy. That's what we did. We found this recipe in "The Martha Stewart Cookbook: Collected Recipes For Every Day" on page 111. This recipe makes A LOT, 4 large loaves or 8 small to be exact. But the great thing about zucchini bread is that it freezes well. This particular version has a very rich flavor that won't make you feel guilty while eating it!
Here's the ingredient list:
6 eggs (fresh from the chicken coop)
3 1/2 cups sugar (on hand)
1 3/4 cups light vegetable oil (I used canola, on hand)
5 cups unpeeled grated zucchini (freshly picked from the garden)
5 teaspoons of vanilla extract (on hand)
6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (on hand)
2 teaspoons baking soda (on hand)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder (on hand)
6 teaspoons cinnamon (on hand)
2 cups chopped walnuts (I happened to have these on hand)
1/4 cup walnut oil ($5.99 on sale a Kroger [you can find it where the olive oils are])
Now the recipe...
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter or spray with vegetable oil your pans. I used 2 large loaf pans (9 X 5 X 3 inches) and 4 small loaf pans (6 X 3 X 1.5 inches) because that's what I had on available.
Beat the eggs until light. Add the sugar, mixing well.
Add the oil, vegetable oil, zucchini, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
Sift the dry ingredients together. Add the dry mixture to the egg mixture a cupful at a time.
Stir until well blended.
Add the nuts and walnut oil.
Cool on racks.
The total cost of this recipe is only about $5.99. It would have been nothing, but we needed walnut oil. Now we have it on hand.
There are few things that I did different than the original recipe. For instance, in addition to the zucchini I used yellow and white squash. I didn't have enough zucchini yet but had the other squash handy. It didn't effect the taste one bit, if anything it made it prettier by adding color! I used cooking spray when I needed to grease my pans and I also don't have a sifter (I don't know of anyone that does...). So what I do when it calls for use of a sifter is to combine all the dry ingredients together and whisk it them with a whisk. I find that it mixes the dry ingredients together while breaking up any flour clumps.
I hope this recipe break down helps and you try this one out for yourself :)
Best of luck!