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Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is one of my favorite things to make during the summer. It is one of the few things I will use my oven for. We love it and it is a good thing.

If you garden you probably have the same problem that I have during the summer. It is a zucchini problem. 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 easy and inexpensive thing to grow in your garden.

The only problem with zucchini is squash bugs… If I could just figure out a way to keep the squash bugs off my zucchini I would be really happy. Anyone else have issues with squash bugs?

Back to the zucchini recipe.

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. My family will eat it anytime I make it. I like to make up large batches of the bread and freeze it for use later.

My family will love it when I pull out a loaf of zucchini bread in October. If you have lots of zucchini stock your freezer with zucchini bread. Your family will thank you.

Zucchini Bread Loaves

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.

This also works well in a gluten free version. All I do is use Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend and I have delicious gluten free zucchini bread.

Zucchini Bread

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated

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Comments

  1. I keep saying that I need to use up the zucchini I have in the freezer. Hopefully this week.
    I bet the yogurt in it makes it really moist. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Liz

  2. We love zucchini bread here too. Good recipe. We tried a recipe for stuffed zucchini a few weeks ago that was very good too.

    Thanks.

  3. I like the idea of yogurt in the bread. I use yogurt as a fat replacement sometimes, so I wonder if this is a lower fat recipe than most?

    I also have a favorite zucchini recipe on my blog if you are interested. You can find it here:

    http://bluebarnbulletin.blogspot.com/2008/07/honey-roasted-zucchini.html

    I seldom comment but I read your blog every day. It’s great!

  4. I love zucchini bread also. I recently made a chocolate zucchini cake, that’s excellent and also have kefir or sour milk in it, but I am sure it could be subbed with yogurt.
    here’s the link if your interested.
    http://newlyweds.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/chocolate-zucchini-cake/

  5. One thing you can do is grate and drain the zucchini, then freeze it in one-cup or one-pound packages. Imagine fresh zucchini bread in January!

  6. Crystal says:

    I had never made zucchini bread until this morning. First I tried a more traditional recipe but it wasn’t as moist as I would have liked so I gave your recipe a try and it is perfect! I added a 1/2 tsp of nutmeg and substituted white flour for white whole wheat flour. Also, I only had to bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees using dark nonstick loaf pans.

    Thank you so much for the great recipe!

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