One of my greatest wishes in life is that everyone in the world could eat at least one slice of this zucchini bread.
This is my mom’s WORLD FAMOUS zucchini bread and I think everyone needs to just calm down and try a bite.
If you are wary about eating bread with grated vegetables in it…just remember that carrot cake is delicious, and also has grated veggies in it.
And if you don’t like carrot cake…then you may be out of luck.
But I bet if you closed your eyes and just thought of this bread as a really dense and delicious cinnamon cake…you would fall in love.
This is a simple recipe, passed down from my Grandma, to my mom, to me, that you can make with just a couple bowls and a wooden spoon.
The following photos should be pretty self explanatory…
Did you get all that???
Combine the liquid ingredients. Add the dry ingredients. Prepare the loaf pans. Bake. Eat.
Here’s a gem of a story about my Dad and Uncle.
We have a non-working farm.
By non-working, I mean we don’t keep any animals there (save for the deer, bears, squirrels, wolves, raccoons, birds and other wildlife/vermin that roam free in the northwoods of WI).
My family has always kept a certain area of the farm fenced off (to keep that vermin out), specifically for gardening.
Living in Wisconsin = a short amount of harvest time for gardening in the summer, but my parents have done what they can over the years to grow everything you can imagine in that short period of time.
There was one summer, probably 14 years ago, when there were amazing conditions for growing and we had a crazy giant yield of veggies.
More than our family or the other families on the island could consume at one time…so…
One evening (my favorite time of day, when the sun is still hot, but beginning to lower through the trees) my dad and uncle came up with a brilliant idea.
To see who could throw the giant zucchinis the farthest.
When I say giant zucchini I want you to understand that they were literally gigantic. (I don’t know who that girl is, but now you get the picture).
It was fun at first…but then they grew tired of it and decided to see who could throw the zucchinis the hardest at the tree line and get the best explosion.
Such a lasting memory that is still so clear in my mind today!
I perfectly remember thinking my mom was going to pee her pants from laughing, and that I had the coolest dad ever.
I actually still think both of those things.
It’s amazing how recipes and ingredients can conjure up so many memories from the past.
This blog has been such a great way to dig back into life and remember the things that are buried in the back of my brain, covered up by stupid stress and day to day worries…
You should make this bread.
Not only because it is delicious, but because it may help you to relax and think back on your life as well.
Recipe: Zucchini Bread
2 Cups Grated Zucchini
3 Eggs, Slightly Beaten
2 Cups Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Oil
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
3 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour 2 loaf pans (this is a double batch).
In a large bowl, mix together oil, slightly beaten eggs, grated zucchini, vanilla and sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Gently mix the dry flour mixture into the egg batter.
Once fully incorporated, pour into prepared loaf pans and bake for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
Best devoured while warm from the oven with melted butter on top!