Zucchini Bread made with real butter trumps every recipe out there for the best flavor and texture! Because we all know, nearly everything tastes better with butter.
There's a joke that goes around in rural Nebraska about this time every summer. Folks are warned not to leave their cars unlocked because if they do, they might find a back seat full of zucchini!
Zucchini is prolific and grows so fast you can almost watch it getting bigger! If left on the vine too long, zucchini can grow to the size of a ball bat or bigger!! Yikes!!
Fresh zucchini is abundant and at its peak right now so it's a perfect time to try this wonderful recipe!
There are as many recipes for zucchini bread as there are good cooks in Nebraska but, hello? When I tried making it with real butter? One simple change took a favorite right over the top!
First, beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, then add eggs and beat it some more! Now stir in the salt, vanilla, baking powder, soda and spices until they are all blended in.
Next, take one of those zucchinis you found in the back seat (just kidding) and shred it fairly fine. You don't even have to peel it!
Measure out two and a half cups, pressing down as you go. You want the cups packed full.
Now, add the shredded zucchini to that beautiful batter, alternating with flour until it's all stirred in but be careful not to overmix.
Grease only the bottom of the pan so the bread can hang onto the sides and get taller as it bakes. This recipe makes two medium 8.5" by 4.5" loaves but I always make some into mini-size loaves.
That's because I love to share or have a little treat tucked in the freezer when a friend needs some extra love.
Years ago, our county extension clubs promoted an annual "bake and take day" every March. It was so much fun to give and receive those home-baked goodies!
To this day, that little gesture of neighborliness has been ingrained in me and it never fails to bring me joy!
Don't forget to sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top before you bake! Adds a bit of extra crunch and unbeatable flavor.
Slice your tender, fragrant, beautiful loaf and inhale the spicy goodness! Then, slather on some more real butter and enjoy!!
Never too much butter, right? Right now when zucchini is so abundant, make plenty to freeze and share!! I'll bet someone you know could use some zucchini love!!
What are some of your favorite things to do with all that zucchini?
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