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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Zucchini Bread

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2 cups sugar
1 cup olive oil (I use 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce)
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. grated lemon peel
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. baking powder
2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Mix sugar, oil, applesauce, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and baking powder; gradually beat into sugar mixture, mixing just until moistened. Stir in the zucchini, lemon peel and nuts. Transfer to prepared 8x4 inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 for about 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (~12 slices each).

Holly's Note:
I found this recipe in the Taste of Home: Cooking School Cookbook when I had some zucchini I needed to use.  You can find the original recipe here. Hands down, this is the best zucchini bread recipe I have ever found.  My teenage son actually requests it. It's light and delicious.  I omit the nuts and lemon peel and I use an oil/applesauce mixture instead of straight oil. It's yummy.


  1. I love how you use half olive oil, half applesauce! I bet it tastes so yummy and moist.... :)
    xox, Crystelle

  2. Oh I love the sound of this! It's on my list!!!

  3. Looks tasty- I still haven't' baked with courgettes yet but have been meaning to give it a go, thanks for the recipe! #tastytuesdays

  4. Ooo I love courgette bakes. I've never thought to use it in a bread recipe though. I bet it works well. I must try it! #TastyTuesdays

  5. My grandmother always used to bake a really 'mean' zucchini loaf...still brings back fond memories :)
    Thanks for linking up at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays! Hope you come again soon (Rachael @ http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com)

  6. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

  7. We will just love your Zucchini Bread, it looks delicious!
    Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  8. I've never made zucchini bread and I'm not really sure why. The applesauce and cinnamon sound really good!
    Thank you for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo.

  9. Looks so good! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

  10. Looks yummy. I make a version with carrot too :) #tastytuesdays

  11. I love zucchini bread and have made it three times this summer. I put a lemon glaze on mine. One problem. . .I can't stop eating it. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Looks delicious!

  12. Great recipe - we love zucchini bread! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. Wow love vegetables in breads and cakes, this looks lovely! Thanks for linking up x