It's just that time of year.
I LOVE zucchini, and I use it in tons of savory recipes.
But when you have enough zucchini to overtake your home....you have to find some other ways to use it.
So I decided to make some yummy Zucchini Bread.
Just for the record, I'm sure everyone has a recipe for zucchini bread, but this one is a goodie.
This recipe makes enough batter for 2 loaves. So I made one traditional loaf and another loaf with mix-ins.
So let's start with the recipe. (We'll talk mix-ins later, okay.)
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 cups flour
2 cups finely grated zucchini (green or yellow)
*1-2 cups mix-ins
Start by creaming together eggs, greek yogurt, sugars, honey, butter, oil & vanilla. Once combined, add baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and flour. Mix until all dry ingredients are combined into wet ingredients evenly. Next, take the grated zucchini and squeeze out excess water (using a small strainer or a paper towel). Add zucchini to the batter and mix until evenly combined. *Now you can add your mix-ins (if using any) and combine.
Bake at 350* for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick poked into center of loaves comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack and serve.
Okay, so now we can talk mix-ins. As I mentioned, I put half of the batter into a loaf pan and then added mix-ins to the rest of the batter and put that into the second loaf pan. I added some chocolate chips and Reese's Pieces. Opinions were mixed in my family, but they were both delicious.
You could use just about anything for mix-ins, but here are a few suggestions:
-chocolate chips (any kind)
-small candies like M&M's, Reese's Pieces, etc.
-nuts (any kind)
-dried fruit like raisins, dried cherries, etc.
-chopped up candy bars
.....or any combination you can dream up.
Let me tell you, we have all had zucchini bread and I know I have used many recipes....but you should really give this one a try. The greek yogurt helps keep it really moist while the honey gives it a little bit of extra sweetness. I love to eat mine at room temp. with a little bit of soft butter spread on top. MMMM.
Oh yeah, and this little guy loved it too.
*Also, feel free leave a comment if you have and questions about the recipe or possible substitutions.