Thursday, June 16, 2011

Zucchini Bread or Muffins

We have been harvesting a ton of zucchini from our garden in the last week and I've been making all kinds of stir-fry and zucchini chips with it. Last week though I had about 3-4 zucchini and I needed to use them up before they staredt attracting flies. I came across a good recipe on Smitten Kitchen (a blog I like to look at) and adapted it a little.

It turned out really well and it's great because I can freeze or give away the extra loaf since it takes us about a week to eat one.

Here is the recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

Zucchini Bread

Yield: 2 loaves or approximately 24 muffins

3 eggs
1 cup olive or vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup dried cranberries, raisins or chocolate chips or a combination thereof (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans, liberally. (See those pictures of the cakes inside their non-stick pans? Yup, they’re pretty much hanging out in there for the time being.) Alternately, line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. Mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini and vanilla.

Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt, as well as nuts, chocolate chips and/or dried fruit, if using.

Stir this into the egg mixture. Divide the batter into prepared pans.

Bake loaves for 60 minutes, plus or minus ten, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Muffins will bake far more quickly, approximately 20 to 25 minutes.


Melissa said...

that's the recipe i used too...soooo good!!

chloe said...

two of my favorites: carrot cake/bread (from the sugar mag which i'm sure you're familiar with) and zuchini bread. num,num!