Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Zucchini Bread

A lot of you are celebrating the last of summer with so many wonderful and colorful squash dishes. I wound up with some really nice zucchini and am trying to be creative in using these veggies making sure they will not go to waste. The homegirlz are very picky eaters; they don't do many vegetables. By many I mean they may eat one. Teen #1 will eat cucumbers, besides that the only other thing she eats that's green are sour apple Jolly Ranchers. My former tween now teen #2 will eat lettuce and green Skittles and even green M&M's.

So I decided to get a little crafty and make zucchini bread. When it came out of the oven, they said, "Oh, you made banana bread again, good.". I didn't say a word, they ate zucchini bread and still don't know that's what they ate. I am very proud that I got vegetables in them some sort of way. This my ode to summer squash!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine 3-1/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 3 cups of sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup of vegetable oil, 4 eggs beaten, 1/3 cup of water, 2 cups grated zucchini and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
Mix wet ingredients into dry, fold in 1 cup of chopped pecans (or walnuts).
Bake in 2 standard loaf pans, sprayed with nonstick spray, for 1 hour to 1 and 15 fifteen minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the loaf.
If your like my husband, slather a warm piece of zucchini bread with some honey butter and know that life is good!

16 comments:

Candy said...

Wow! I can't even get mine to eat green jolly ranchers. They will eat cukes and apples if I peel the skin off. I'm going to try this trick!

Prudy said...

Ha Ha! I love doing that to my children. I won't lie, per say, but I change the subject or avoid answering. What they don't know, in this case, will help them!

Marjie said...

I love zucchini bread! I hear your pain on them not eating if they know what it is: my first and second sons are that way. When my oldest was young, I used to call egg drop soup "chinese soup" so he wouldn't refuse to eat it, because he hates eggs!

gigi said...

I love zucchini bread and I tried Prudy's recipe not to long ago and it had pineapple in it too. I'll have to try your soon. Looked yummy.

Pam said...

I love, love, love zucchini bread and your recipe sounds great - especially with the butter slathered on it.

The Blonde Duck said...

That's brilliant. I never thought of that. I can help Ben's diet and bake something! HOORAY!

Amanda said...

Oh I absolutely love zucchini bread! Muffins are awesome too. I made some chocolate zucchini bread a month or so ago and it was delicious!

Maria said...

Way to be sneaky! I love zucchini bread!!

Reeni said...

That's too funny! I don't care much for zucchini either except when it's baked up into breads like this. Looks delicious!

Bridgett said...

Ahhh, very sneaky, I love it! I was just looking at a zucchini bread recipe yesterday that added in crushed pineapple. Interesting, right? This looks wonderful and I would love a slice right out of the oven.

Jenny said...

Too funny, I remember as a teen only eating corn for my veggis and that was it. Your girls will get there someday! Your bread looks and sounds perfect!

Debbie said...

I love zucchini bread! My older boys (now young men) were the pickiest eaters ever. My youngest who is 9 will eat some veggies...so that is progress!!!

Greg C said...

I planned on getting some squash at the farmers market this Saturday. I think I will make some bread. Thanks for the idea.

Michele said...

Any way to sneak those veggies in is a great idea. I loved veggies growing up...it was the meat that I didn't want to eat. I'm sure that their tastes will change as they get older. I couldn't eat a green apple jolly rancher now if I had to. :-)

Aggie said...

I'm laughing that you kept the zucchini a secret! (whatever works!!)

Looks delicious!! I may have to throw one together to use up some zucchini this weekend!

Steph said...

I've never made a zucchini bread before. I;m still debating on whether I should make it with butter (melted or solid) or oil.. too many variables!

After your daughters eat the bread, do you tell them they just had zucchini?