Zucchini Apple Bread

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.

Ingredients

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 eggs

  • 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

Directions

  1. If you have not yet grated your zucchini and cut your apples, do that now. I didn't peel the apples, but you can!

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 3 loaf pans.

  3. 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)

  4. Ad the eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add in the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and combine.

  5. Mix in the flour, not too much at a time. When everything is combined, mix in the zucchini and apple.

  6. 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.)

  7. Let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing them and letting them cool on wire racks.

Reviews

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!"

Notes

  • 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


© 2018 by Noelle Sawyer