Saturday, July 9, 2011

EASY RECIPES: Zucchini DAY #1 : ZUCCHINI BREAD

I was telling my absolutely awesome mother-in-law Jenny ;) how clueless I was on what to do with all the zucchini we're getting from our fruitful garden, when she suggested to try making zucchini bread. So we got together last Wednesday and made it! It was just SO FUN! 



When I got to her house, she had a recipe and all the ingredients ready to start! My sister-in-law Sarah joined us and we all had a precious afternoon together. The bread? Absolutely DELICIOUS!!! It turned out just perfect!
Let's do it!

ZUCCHINI BREAD


that's lovely uncle Chris with my little princess =)


Ingredients:
  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening ( I used 1 1/2 sticks of butter instead: turned out delish!)
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini ( about 2 medium). 
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour ( Personally, I did 2 cups all purpose flour; 1 1/3 cups of wheat flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped nuts
  • 2/3 cup raisins

Instructions
    #1 Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 9x5x3 inches. 



    #2 Mix sugar and shortening (or butter) in bowl.

    #3 Stir in zucchini, water and eggs. 
     


    #4 Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and baking powder; stir in nuts and raisins. 

    #5 Pour into pans. 

    #6 Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean (60-70 mins). 



    #7 Cool 5 mins. 

    #8 Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans.


     
    #9 Cool completely before slicing. 


    #10 EAT!!!! =D






    The best part of making this bread was to be able to share it with my awesome family!!

    I want to thank Jenny and Sarah for joining me in this little project! Jenny is not only a wonderful mom, but also an amazing artist! Check out her beautiful paintings at www.bordersbegoneart.blogspot.com! My sister-in-law Sarah is also a super talented and lovely girl, who makes the most gorgeous neck wraps, scarves, necklaces and accessories! Check her goodies out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/SolomonSong?ref=ss_profile and her beautiful writing at http://lovediscoveredbeauty.tumblr.com/


    Enjoy!!


    xoxoxo

    4 comments:

    The Humbled Homemaker said...

    Looks super yummy! I hope we get some more zucchini in our garden so I can make this! Thanks for sharing!

    Stephanie said...

    OMGoodness! I was just looking today for a zucchini recipe that a friend gave me years ago.. I looked in all my places I stash recipes but to no avail. So excited you posted this today. Our garden is overly abundant too (such a blessing) and I wanted to make something different. THis recipe sounds yummy and y'all look like y'all had a blast making it! :)

    Pamela Stein said...

    Wow Stephanie, that's awesome! We LOVED this bread! Let me know how it turns out for you! Lots of love to you and your family! Btw, on Tuesday I'm going to be posting Zucchini day #2!
    Lots of love to you and your family!

    Pame

    Anonymous said...

    Zucchini is one of my favorite veggies! I love the recipe here and I love the pics! Thanks for this amazing blog!!!