Baking is not my thing, but this was so easy and seemed like a good idea for some of the 10 mega sized zucchini laying on my counter. This isn’t a particularly sweet zucchini bread, but that’s why we liked it so much.  It’s also denser and less cake-like, which gave it great appeal as well.  It got big stamps-of-approval from our kids and friends.  Please let us know what you think! Here’s the recipe we tested:

INGREDIENTS – makes one loaf

  • 2 cups organic zucchini, shredded with peel
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts – rough chop
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries (you can use raisins or other dried sweet fruit)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut – sweetened, reserve 1/4 cup for the top of bread
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup organic milk – whole or reduced fat
  • 1/2 cup melted butter – with or without salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar – packed
  • 1 T fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

HOW-TO

  • Preheat oven to 350.  Butter a standard 9 X 5 bread pan
  • After shredding zucchini, wrap in cheesecloth or tea towel and squeeze all the liquid you can out of the pulp
  • Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, hazelnuts, dried cherries and 3/4 cup coconut
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, butter, brown sugar, lemon zest and vanilla.  Once all incorporated, add the zucchini and then the dried ingredients with nuts and cherries.  Mix well.
  • Pour batter into prepared bread pan. Top with 1/4 cup coconut and a few whole hazelnuts.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until a knife comes out clean from center of bread
  • If coconut starts to brown too much, you can cover bread with foil.
  • Once cooled, slice and top with butter or we had it with lemon zested cream cheese.  Delicious!