What to do with all that zucchini!
Zucchini grow fast and furious beneath the red hot sun of latter-day summer. Tender, small zucchini are delicious in main dishes. But many of us wind up on the receiving end of zucchini large enough to serve as baseball bats.
One way to get the kids and family to eat their zucchini is to turn them into yummy zucchini bread that can be served with a meal or as dessert.
This recipe has lived in my recipe box since my daughters were teenagers. One of their friends decided to try her hand at baking. Joan’s Zucchini Bread was the successful result. Many loaves of it have been baked at our house since then. My daughters now bake it for their own children.
Joan’s Zucchini Bread
Bake at 350 degrees in two greased and floured 8″ X 5″ loaf pans
3 eggs, well beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons (3 t. = 1 Tablespoon) vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts or dates
This batter can be mixed by hand or on low speed with a mixer.
Stir all ingredients together, except zucchini, nuts, and raisins. Mix until well blended.
Add zucchini, nuts, and raisins. Mix well.
Turn batter into two loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Allow bread to cool on a rack.
NOTE: When I wrote for the food editor of a newspaper, I interviewed a lovely woman at her farm market. She casually mentioned that she had 101 ways to use zucchini. I used that quote in my article. Oh boy!
Everyone that read the article visited her stand and wanted her recipes. She finally grew weary of the requests and put together a little cookbook called – you guessed it – 101 Ways to Cook Zucchini. Happy ending for all…
Fun Facts About Zucchini: Source: http://www.foodchannel.com/articles/article/top-10-zucchini-fun-facts/
The world’s largest zucchini on record was 69 1/2 inches long, and weighed 65 lbs. Bernard Lavery of Plymouth Devon, UK, grew the humongous veggie.
One zucchini has just 25 calories (compared to a baked potato, for example, which has 130 calories).
A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
(photo of Zucchini courtesy of dan at freedigitalphotos.net)
(photo of Notebook Among the Vegetables stock photo courtesy of marin at freedigitalphotos.net)