Sunday, July 22, 2012

Zucchini overload- Zucchini Bread

This year we've grown more zucchini than we know what to do with! 
I've been trying to give most of it away and use whatever is left over but it's been... 
a little bit challenging.  

I decided to make zucchini bread, and since I don't really have that much experience with baking I based it off of several recipes that I found online. I had  more than enough "raw material" to do several batches before I found a recipe that gave me a flavor I was happy with.  

Start by grating the zucchini, some people suggested using a Cuisinart food processor in order to expedite the process, but I just grated it by hand.  

Because of the size the zucchini's have grown to, I was careful to remove the seeds (which had reached the size of PUMPKIN seeds) and the spongy center.
 Spongy center = Weird texture, no flavor, no thank you! 

You will need: 
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 and 3/4 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of grated zucchini 
- 3 cups of all purpose flour 
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- a pinch of powdered ginger
- 3 tsp. cinnamon 
- nutmeg to taste ( I used 1/4 teaspoon) 

You can add 1 cup of chocolate chips, or walnuts or whatever you want to. 

This makes about 2 loaves of bread, I added the chocolate chips to my second loaf and left the first plain. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease two bread loaf pans with butter and flour.

First scramble the eggs well and at a rapid whisk. 

After these have been well scrambled, whisk in the vegetable oil slowly being sure to fully incorporate the oil in small increments before adding more. 

You want to aerate the egg batter as you're whisking, this will add volume to the mixture. 
Once you are done adding the oil, mix in the sugar in the same manner. Small increments, well whisked then add the vanilla extract. 

Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and mix them well. Reserve the nuts and/or chocolate. 

Slowly mix the flour mixture into the egg batter. 

Follow with the zucchini folding this into the batter, following with the nuts and or chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into the two greased pans and bake in the oven for one hour.
 To check that the bread is done put a fork in the loaf, if it comes out cleanly without any residue then it is done. 

Allow to fully cool, remove from the pan, and enjoy! 

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