THE best zucchini bread ever

Sep 5, 2010 by

IMG_1718 I hate wasting food.  I still do it sometimes, but I hate it.

So my wife bought a bunch of bananas the other day and they went bad quick!  I also had a HUGE zucchini in my garden that I had no way of cooking.

So I made bread.  Lots and lots of bread.  Any neighbors and co-workers are going to eat, lots and lots of bread.

For the zucchini bread, I had to break out momma Jane’s famous recipe.  This is THE best zucchini bread ever.  Just ask my neighbors and co-workers if you don’t believe me.  For the banana bread, I scoured the internet and found one I wanted to try.

Here’s the zucchini bread recipe…

IMG_1461

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • enough chopped zucchini to blend to 3 cups.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 and 1/2 cups white flour
Optional add-ins: mini-chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins, craisins, etc. etc.

IMG_1465

Seriously, look at that thing!  I was going to take it to the fair to win some sort of prize, but instead I made some awesome bread.  The recipe is easy and it goes a little something like this…

IMG_1469

In blender put 1 cup vegetable oil

IMG_1473

and enough chopped zucchini to blend to 3 cups.

IMG_1478

Blend

IMG_1498

Blend some more, until you have this awesome green mixture

IMG_1504

Add 1 teaspoon salt

IMG_1507

Add 1 teaspoon baking powder

IMG_1510

Add 1 teaspoon baking soda

IMG_1517

Add 1 egg – blend again until smooth.

IMG_1531

Add 1 tablespoon cinnamon

IMG_1536

Add 1 tablespoon vanilla

IMG_1548

Blend again.  The cinnamon ads a nice brown speckled color

IMG_1528

In a large  bowl put  3 and 1/2 cups white flour.

IMG_1530

and 2 cups of sugar

IMG_1554

Stir in blended mixture until well mixed

IMG_1578

and then pour into greased pans.

IMG_1588

I use the bunt pan for the whole recipe or two loaf pans.

IMG_1603

I had a HUGE zucchini so I made a big double batch

IMG_1699

Bake at 325 degrees for about an hour. Check with toothpick or sharp knife for doneness.

IMG_1701

Let cool on a rack

IMG_1722

This stuff is so freaking good.   At this point I’ve given so much bread away and still have been eating this for breakfast for the past week.  Toast it up with some butter on it and you are in heaven.

As I had all the stuff out to make zucchini bread and a whole bunch of browning bananas I thought I’d just make more bread than any one could possibly eat ever.

And now onto the banana bread recipe…

IMG_1613

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1-½ cup + 2 TBLS Sugar
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1-½ cup Mashed Ripe Bananas
  • 4 cups + 2 TBLS Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1-½ cup Sour Cream

IMG_1616

Throw the butter in a mixing bowl

IMG_1617

Cream butter and sugar together.

IMG_1629

Add eggs one at a time, beating for a few minutes.

IMG_1638

Add bananas and mix.

IMG_1657

In a separate bowl add  4 cups + 2 TBLS Flour and 1-½ cup + 2 TBLS Sugar

IMG_1665

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

IMG_1668

1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder

Mix all the dry ingredients together

IMG_1669

grab 1-½ cup Sour Cream

IMG_1671

Add dry ingredients and sour cream alternately to the mixing bowl.

IMG_1685

Beat well until all combined.

IMG_1696

Pour into bunt cake pan or loaf pans

IMG_1698

made some cupcakes too

IMG_1708

also added some mini chocolate chips to the second batch

IMG_1710

Bake in oven at350 degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I had enough to feed a small village

IMG_1719

These came out slightly browner than I had wanted.  Check the time when you cook these, I think they would be ready in 45 – 50 minutes.  But they are still so delicious.  Especially the little mini chocolate chips.

This recipe came from one my favorite websites ever, The Pioneer Woman.  She is awesome in all kinds of ways.

The moral of this story is, if you have things that are going to waste, just make way too much bread.  You will soon have too much bread that threatens to go to waste, but that is much easier to give to neighbors instead of mushy bananas.

Ben…

Got a good bread recipe?  email me at Ben (at) TrulySimple.com

Related Posts

Share This

  • Cindy Tan

    how long do the muffins take to bake? and the mini rectangle loaves?

  • http://www.trulysimple.com Ben

    For the muffins, bake in oven at 350 degrees for 45 min to 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.

    I’d check them at 45 with a toothpick and see if they need more time.