Thursday, April 2, 2015

Grandma's Legendary Zucchini Bread Recipe

One of my favorite childhood memories is that of my grandmother's zucchini bread. There was just something extra special about how she made it. You know how sometimes you close your eyes and go to your “happy” place? My grandpa’s kitchen, with a slice of her zucchini bread, has always been a “happy” place memory for me.

When I got older and began planting my own garden, I had to grow zucchini. I was going to make my own loaves of amazing zucchini bread. But no matter what recipe I used, it just wasn't "right." I asked her for her recipe, but of course, she claimed there was nothing special about it. I beg to differ!

Finally, after years of subpar zucchini bread and numerous requests to her, I called her and pleaded my case. And do you know what? She finally gave me her zucchini bread recipe!!!

I was over the moon with joy and my taste buds danced with excitement as I whipped up my first batch. And let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed!! Since then, zucchini bread has become a favorite around our home. In fact when I harvest my zucchini, I grate it and bag it, 2 cups to a bag and freeze, that way when we want some bread I just pop a bag out of the freezer and bake.

I am not going to make you wait years to finally get your hands on her amazing recipe. But if you tell her I told you, I will deny it to the ends of the earth. So let's get baking.......

Ingredients
3 Egg
2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Veg. Oil
2 Cups Zucchini (if you freeze and thaw like I do, make sure you use the liquid in the bag too)
2 Cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoon Cinnamon
2 teaspoon Vanilla
Walnuts (optional)

My grandfather used to harvest the black walnuts on his land and over the winter crack them and bag up the nuts. I used to always have nuts in my freezer. Sadly he passed away and my attempts to crack my own walnuts have been met with squirrels breaking into the garage to steel them when we laid them out to dry before cracking. I have not used nuts the last few year and it tastes just as good! And now my mother who is allergic to walnuts can have some too!

What to do

In a bowl combine the eggs, oil, zucchini and vanilla. In another bowl combine the dry ingredients. Next add the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir enough to combine all the items but don't overdo it. Do not "beat" the cake batter type dough.

This makes enough for two loaves. They are on the shorter side (height wise) so if you want to put it all in one standard bread pan you can, but you will have to cook longer and test with a toothpick. You know, stick it in to see if it comes out clean just like you test a cake.

IMPORTANT: Grease and flour your pan or the bread will stick. My grandma forgot to tell me that originally. Oops!

Bake the zucchini bread at 350 degrees for about an hour. As with any baking, keep your nose alert and use the toothpick test to make sure you don't under or over cook your bread.

Let’s just put it this way…… The oldest country kid would rather have a slice of zucchini bread then cookies. Yes, Grandma's recipe really is that good!!! I hope your family enjoys this bread as much as my family does.


26 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious! I can't wait to make this, once my zucchini starts producing! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :o)

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  2. This sounds great and definitely worth giving a go. We have just come to the end of our growing season and our zucchinis were not as good as expected but I might just have to buy some to try this. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. It is one of my most favorite comfort foods ever :)

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  3. Very similar to my recipe for zucchini bread! I love it! I learned to just tell people you are serving them sweet bread. Then, when they taste and like, you can tell them what it is LOL

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    1. LOL That's one way to get veggies in them!

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  4. Hi there! Visiting from the Frugal Family link party. This looks so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for coming by! It really is good. My grandma makes some yummy bread!

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  5. I love it!I am going to pull out my grandma's recipe and compare it to this one! I think they are close, but I am always seeking perfection in zucchini bread! Thanks for linking it up with us at CFBP!

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    1. Well I don't know if it is perfection, but it is my "happy place" food!

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  6. Love this recipe!! My mom always made this for us, it's the exact recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Did your mom and my grandma hang out? LOL That is awesome.

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  7. I love zucchini bread and this looks so good! Thank you so much for sharing this on Making Memories Mondays! Hope to see you back Sun night 9PM EST! :-)
    Cathy

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    1. It is good! LOL If I do say so myself... my grandma rocks!

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  8. My husband loves zucchini bread but I've never tried my own hand at it! Now I have to! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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    1. What!?!?! It is seriously easy! You better make that man some bread!! LOL

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  9. Yum! I love zucchini bread. Thanks for sharing with the Frugal Family linky!

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  10. I love old family recipes. This bread looks amazing! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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  11. Hi Mindie,
    Thanks for linking up last week at Celebrate It! with The Freshman Cook. Your link, Grandma's Legendary Zucchini Bread Recipe
    is one of the features for this week! I hope to see you again this week! http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2015/04/celebrate-it-link-party-39.html

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  12. Gotta love those recipes passed down through the generations! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

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