I currently have a lot of zucchini in my garden. I am picking more than we can eat. Zucchini is one of those things that is cheap to plant and you always get more than you need. It is a very frugal thing to grow in your garden.
Zucchini is nice right now, but in another few weeks my family will be begging me to stop serving zucchini. So, I have to be creative when serving it.
Zucchini bread though is a favorite in our house. I like to make up large batches of the bread and freeze it for use later.
I have tried several zucchini bread recipes over the years. I tried this one several years ago and it was so good that I have not tried another one since. It is my favorite zucchini bread recipe.
There are several things that are different about it that make it so good. First it has yogurt in it. I have found that my favorite quick breads contain either yogurt or sour cream. They just help give it a really good texture.
The other trick that makes this recipe really good is that you drain the zucchini. Zucchini is really moist. If you are not careful the amount of liquid in zucchini will ruin a recipe. So don’t skip the draining step.
One more thing that I do is grate this on the smallest size on my grater. I find that my kids like it better when the zucchini is hardly noticeable.
- 2 small zucchini or 1 med to large = about 1 lb
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 6 tablespoon butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup plain yogurt (I have used vanilla and it works fine)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Shred zucchini and squeeze liquid out of zucchini, by squeezing it in a towel or several paper towels. Squeeze well to release most of the liquid.
Whisk together sugar, melted butter, eggs, yogurt, and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Carefully stir in zucchini.
Place in batter in loaf pan and bake at 375 degrees for 50-55 minutes.
Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
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