Friday, July 31, 2009

Best Ever Zucchini Bread

I noticed this recipe on Tried-and-True Cooking with Heidi a little while back and immediately knew that I was going to try it! Coincidentally, my sister was planning to make zucchini bread the very same day, so she was going to make my Grandma's recipe and I figured I'd try out Heidi's recipe and then we'd determine which we preferred. Needless to say, with our crazy schedules, we never got to sample one another's, but I will say that I absolutely love my Grandma's and Heidi's was every bit as good! My husband had never tried zucchini bread, but he literally ate it for about a week straight...he took a slice to work for breakfast EVERY day! I would definitely make this recipe again and actually plan to, as soon as I get back home! I already have my zucchini ready and waiting :)

The Best Zucchini Bread

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
1 capful black walnut extract (or 1 cup walnuts), optional
2 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP butter

Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, walnut extract and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans. Sprinkle each loaf with 1 TBSP of sugar evenly over the top. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Source: Tried-and-True Cooking with Heidi


  1. I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it! It's my favorite zucchini bread recipe. I'm glad you were more successful at taking a nice picture of the bread. Mine was terrible. Anything brown seems to take bad photos!

  2. Heidi--you're so sweet! I was honestly just thinking that I wished I had emailed you to ask if I could "borrow" your picture, b/c I thought mine turned out kind of blurry!!! We definitely did enjoy the zucchini bread! I haven't been disappointed in one of your recipes yet!!!

  3. Perfect recipe to post at this time of year! It sure sounds good

  4. I dont think Ive ever seen walnut extract, it must taste wonderful in this.

  5. I'm thinking the same about that walnut extract...very awesome, I'm gonna search it out! Sounds delicious :)

  6. This looks delicious! I might try to make muffins instead of bread. :) Mmmm...

  7. Yummm.... I love the 3 teaspoons of cinnamon in this one.

  8. I was just reading through everyones' comments and I realized what I forgot to mention in my post! I actually omitted the walnut extract, because I am allergic to most nuts! (Sorry!!!) I still thought it tasted wonderful without it :)

  9. This does sound good. We love zucchini bread around here. Too funny that your husband had never tried it before. Mine also never tasted zucchini bread before he met me.

  10. Your blog always makes me so hungry!

  11. I love the taste test idea! Looks like a very moist and tasty bread.

  12. Oh how I love zucchini bread! I'm going to have to try this one!