I love this time of year, mostly because I love to eat. The garden is full of all kinds of good things: tomatoes, sweetcorn, cucumbers, melons and ZUCCHINI! Well, my garden is not full of zucchini but friends' gardens are and they like to share. Mostly because they know they'll get zucchini bread back.
2 C. sugar
1 C. vegetable oil
3 tsp. vanilla
2 C. zucchini, grated
3 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. cinnamon
Beat eggs well; add sugar, oil and vanilla. Blend. Add zucchini, then dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased 9x5-inch loaf pans and bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees. Cool briefly in pans, then turn onto wire rack. Freezes well!
Here are some zucchini in pre-bread form. Two are from Tammy and Bill. One is from Alan at work. Tammy and Bill will get bread back. They asked for it. Alan won't. He didn't. But that's OK. His wife probably made him some.
First things first: zucchini have to be peeled before grating. Here they are in all their naked glory. Eeeeek! Naked zucchini!
Next step is grating. This is the Evil Grater From Hell. It also grates knuckles. But no knuckles were grated in the making of this bread. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, use the food processor already. But by the time I drag it out, set it up, figure out which buttons to push, forget to tighten the lid, splatter shredded zucchini all over the kitchen cupboards, well, it's just easier this way.
Here's the beginning. In the beginning there were eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. And it was good.
But it gets better. Add the zucchini. Now it looks weird. Who would eat green stuff that looks like this?
The dry ingredients come next. I add them one-half at a time. There's a ton of cinnamon in this recipe. Can you see it peeking out from under the flour? Cinnamon is good for your heart and circulation, I think. Or maybe I'm just making that up.
Here's the batter in two 9x5 inch loaf pans, ready to go in the oven. My loaf pans do not match. Nothing in my house matches. I'm just happy I can FIND two loaf pans. Maybe if I put my glasses on that would help. See my glasses laying on the table in the upper left hand corner of this picture. That would explain a lot.
A good morning's work, six loaves of zucchini bread. And I still have zucchini left over. But I was out of cinnamon so had to stop. For now. The zucchini season continues to run rampant. Must buy more supplies.