This summer I planted a garden and to help out with the terrible soil (clay) that we have my husband put some top soil and horse manure down on it and then had it all tilled into it. Wow…. this was great! Things started growing wonderfully and I was pretty excited to finally have something growing as opposed to previous years.
As the summer progressed the garden grew and then the weeds did too. And they grew… and grew…. and … well you get the idea. There was no amount of weeding that could have kept up. Needless to say it’s a virtual jungle out there now. Of course there is also the incredible amount of vegetable plants that are all over the place.
Note to self… no more manure and plant things further apart. Oh… and use those cage things for tomatoes.
Anyway, I have more zucchini than I know what to do with now and have been baking almost non-stop.
My family loves zucchini bread so I thought that I’d share the recipe with you.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 1/4 cups white sugar
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans (I used 9 x 5 pan and used the extra batter for muffins. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
- Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
- I sprinkled mine with a little bit of cinnamon sugar before putting it into the oven.
- Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.
Note: to keep the bread from browning to much on top I covered it with aluminum foil.
What’s your favorite summer harvest recipe?
This is the first in a series of posts about all the great things that you can make from the fresh fruits and veggies that I’ve either grown or bought at my local farmers market! I would love you to join me and post your own recipe or you can guest post right here!