I've waited for a while my zucchini plant to grow zucchinis. When it finally does, I don't have the time to pick them! The result: I picked two zucchini on a Monday that I should have picked on Friday.
This gave me 6 cups of shredded zucchini. Seems like a good reason to make zucchini bread, recipe #172 of the year.
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I don't think I'd made zucchini bread since I was in high school. Since I had 2 large zucchini, I decided to make 2 loaves - one for a coworker, and one to share at work and Alex's lab.
[August 2019: At the time, I didn't realize that zucchini could keep growing and growing and growing! Pick your zucchini while they're little for the best flavor for eating - although it doesn't matter in a recipe like this. Want to know more about growing zucchini? Check out a few tips from The Spruce.]
I made two separate batches, measuring out the ingredients for both of them at the same time. One batch makes a ton of batter, so I had two very full bowls. I baked these for the full 80 minutes - this length will depend on the amount of moisture in your zucchini. I pulled them out of the pans that night, and served them the next day.
The bread was very moist. It had a very nice, springy texture. It's a little weird eating something with cloves in the summertime, though - I tend to associate cloves with fall and winter. This is a standard, dependable recipe worth returning to.
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This classic recipe for zucchini bread yields moist, tender bread, made with all whole wheat flour. A great way to use up those late-season zucchini!
- 3 cups shredded zucchini (~400 grams)
- 1 2/3 cups sugar (333 grams)
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil (145 grams)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups whole-wheat flour (440 grams) (all-purpose is fine too)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Grease bottom only of 9-inch loaf pan. Place oven rack at the bottom position in the oven.
Whisk together zucchini, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs, stirring until the eggs are thoroughly combined.
Use a rubber spatula to stir in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and baking powder. Stir in nuts.
Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Bake 70-80 minutes at 350F.
Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool the rest of the way to lose additional steam. Cool completely before slicing and serving.
Baking times can vary from batch to batch due to differences in moisture content of the zucchini.
This recipe can be baked in two 8x4-inch loaf pans for 50-60 minutes.
I used a shiny aluminum pan. Reduce heat by 25 degrees for dark or glass loaf pans.
Adapted from the 2000 Betty Crocker Cookbook
[Original post from July 26, 2010. Recipe, text, and photos updated August 18, 2019.]