Thursday, July 23, 2009

When Your Garden Gives You A Giant Squash....

...make zucchini bread!

I made this recipe (pilfered from yesterday and OMG is it ever tasty!! Remember I mentioned having a zillion frozen black bananas (For those who asked- yes you can freeze bananas. When they get what I call "over-ripe" or black/spotty, just pop them in the freezer. Use them later for breads or pancakes or smoothies or anything else really.) and the giant zucchini? Well I googled banana zucchini bread and this is what popped up. I doubled the recipe as I needed a few loaves as gifts and wanted to eat some and freeze some for later. I'm a "cook once, eat forever" kind of girl.



* 3 eggs
* 3/4 cup vegetable oil
* 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 cup grated zucchini
* 2-3 bananas, mashed (I just squeeze the banana out instead of taking time to mash)
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup dried cranberries
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch bread loaf pans.

2. In a a large bowl, beat eggs until light and frothy. Add oil, brown sugar, white sugar, grated zucchini, bananas, and vanilla; blend together until well combined. Stir in the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the cranberries and nuts. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared loaf pans.

3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool in the loaf pans on a wire rack before removing and serving.

I doubled the recipe and was able to make four mini loaves and three regular size loaves. And so far the neighbor recipients have raved about their loaf prezzies!


Miss Madras said...

Zucchini Bread is my all time favorite. My mom used to make it with squash from our garden when I was a kid. I may just have to make this this weekend.

Prissy Southern Prep said...

I love zucchini, but I have never tried zucchini bed. I want to though!

QueenBeeSwain said...

oooh delicious- thanks for sharing and a girl's gotta love a way to use up the garden's bounty that involves baked goods!


Anonymous said...

Yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Rachel H. said...

Looks like a great recipe...I'll have to try it out!!

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

Thank you for the recipe! Sounds delicious!

cancersucks said...

You are such a great baker. Those look delicious. I'm sure someone will be happy to get as a gift, too!

Unknown said...

That looks so good! Sigh.. I wish my squash plant would spit out a squash or 2.

Polka Dots & Protein Bars said...

YUM! I love zucchini bread and throw chocolate chips in mine. I've never thought of the banana, but I'll have to try it next time!

Bridges and Bites said...

I am making this tonight!!!! It looks delish!

Buford Betty said...

Minus the banana part, it sounds delish!

preppyinnewengland said...

Zucchini bread is a favorite in our household. My children love zucchini! Well your garden must be rockin' to make that many loaves!

Suzanne said...

This sounds delcious! Thank you for sharing!

Jill said...

Right up my alley! Taking the recipe home with me tonight! Thanks.


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