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Monday, August 23, 2010

Chew on This | Zucchini Bread

I had a serious adversion to vegetables when I was young.  

And also when I was, ehhmmm, a tad older.

Seriously, I only liked:
and potatoes - which my Grandma (Mudgie) insisted, could not be considered a vegetable when eaten only in "fry" form - crazy woman.

These days I am happy to report that my vegetable consumption has expanded in a large way.  And how could it not when you're eating a vegetable shaped like bread!  


Here's what you'll need:

flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, eggs, vegetable oil, sugar, vanilla, zucchini and walnuts

You'll first need to sift your flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt all together in a large bowl.  

You can then add all your delicious spices - oh gracious!

Yeah, that's a lot of cinnamon and you'll be glad you for it - swear!

In a separate bowl, beat together your eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar.

Now add your wet and dry ingredients together and let a sweet baby girl mix them together.

If you don't have a sweet baby girl at your house to do some stirring, well...I guess you could do it yourself.

While she's stirring, I'm going to grate some zucchini.  Ahhh, vegetables!

And no.  This is not a "cheat" way to eat my vegetables.  I mean it.  For real.

Oh, forget it. 

Let's grate!

Sweet baby girl is done stirring.  Let's add the zucchini.

Your mix will be stiff.  Once zucchini is incorporated it will loosen up.

Now add your chopped walnuts - if you're a walnut kind of person.

Pour your mix into two prepared loaf pans.

Or one prepared loaf pan and one muffin tin.  Or one muffin tin and two mini muffin tins.

The possibilities are endless...

I chose two prepared loaf pans.  That's how I was rollin'.  Or tumbling.

I just LOVE vegetables!!!  So good!


Here's the recipe:

Zucchini Bread

3 cups flour                              3 t cinnamon                        3/4 cup canola oil
1 t salt                                       1/2 t nutmeg                        1 1/2 cups sugar
1 t baking soda                        1/2 t cardamon                    3 t vanilla extract
1 t baking powder                   3 eggs                                    2 cups grated zucchini
                                                                                                  1 cup chopped walnuts

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray.

Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamon
in a large bowl.

In another bowl mix together eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla.  Now you can stir together your wet and dry ingredients.  This batter will be stiff - until you add your zucchini.  You can add your zucchini and walnuts once your wet and dry ingredients are combined.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and baked for 45 to 60 minutes or until tester stick comes out clean.  Let bread cool for 15 minutes and enjoy!

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