On occasion, my officemate, Freda, will show up at the office with zucchini muffins. I generally don't have any reason to make them because she will! At least until I was at my parents' house last month. My mom told me there was zucchini and asked if I knew how to make zucchini bread. I didn't know, but I knew that Freda had a recipe, so I jumped right in!
Honestly, it was a giant zucchini, so I was certain that I would have enough to double the recipe. Spoiler: I didn't. I needed a filler, there happened to be apples in the fridge, and the rest is history! The recipe below is based on Freda's, with any adjustments that I made in the process. Also, I'm totally adding apples on purpose next time, because this was delicious.
for three 5x9 loaves
4 cups grated zucchini (don't drain! approx. one giant zucchini)
2 cups coarsely chopped apples
2 cups vegetable oil
6 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp vanilla
If you have not yet grated your zucchini and cut your apples, do that now. I didn't peel the apples, but you can!
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 3 loaf pans.
Mix the oil and sugars together until they're smooth in a large bowl. (I genuinely used a wooden spoon to mix when I made this)
Ad the eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add in the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and combine.
Mix in the flour, not too much at a time. When everything is combined, mix in the zucchini and apple.
Divide evenly among the loaf pans and bake for 45 -60 minutes. (Check at 45 minutes to see if a toothpick inserted in the middle will come out clean.)
Let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing them and letting them cool on wire racks.
Disclaimer: These are all from my family
"I never knew zucchini could taste this good".
"Perfect for breakfast or dessert."
"Tastes good to me."
"Also a snack. Versatile!"
There is only cinnamon in this recipe because that's the first thing I found. This would be delicious with nutmeg, a little ground allspice, or just an apple pie blend if that's what you have.
You can also make about 3 dozen cupcakes with this recipe! Just bake 20-25 mins instead.
I reduced the sugar because I knew the apples would make it really sweet, but another 1/2 cup of brown sugar would be sweeter and also delicious