Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Give the gift of homemade zucchini bread to friends, family or new neighbors.



Zucchini Bread Recipe
Makes: 2 loaves
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $

Ingredients
2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
1 cup shredded carrot (optional)
Cooking spray

Instructions

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Place shredded zucchini on layered paper towels, and cover with an additional paper towel. Let stand 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Set aside. Don’t dry excessively. (Do the same with shredded carrot if you decide to add it)
  3. Combine zucchini, applesauce, egg, oil and vanilla in a large bowl
  4. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl. Slowly add to the wet mixture until blended well
  5. Divide batter evenly between two 7 1/2-by-3-inch loaf pans you have coated with cooking spray
  6. Bake both loaves in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. They’re done when you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean. Let cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack
  7. Remove bread from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack. If you choose to give the pans as gifts, wait until they have cooled, wash them off, add ribbon or twine and put the loaves back in

Tip: For a special touch, add 1/2 cup of your favorite nuts like chopped pecans or walnuts during step 5.

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