Homemade Zucchini Bread

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By day, I manage numbers, ledgers and budgets. By night, I manage family and I try to get in a little jewelry designing too (if I’m not too tired). But, come cooler months, I love to bake. Yes, behind the designs (pun intended), I also love cooking and baking!

Clearly, with weekdays/weeknights so pressed for time, I plan most of my baking and more involved meals on the weekend. With only three of us to feed, I tend to freeze extras and that allows for pre-planned week night meals that are quick and easy. So, with September here, it’s time to get my fall cooking and baking on!

I have a vintage Betty Crocker 1988 cook book that has been my kitchen companion since it came out. Although I haven’t tested every recipe, I do have my favorites that I make annually. This homemade zucchini bread recipe is one of them.

Homemade Zucchini Bread | Behind the Designs Blog

Armed with my ever faithful, can’t live without kitchen resource, Betty Crocker cookbook (circa1988), first I planned out what ingredients I’ll need. Then I had my husband pick up the few ingredients I needed from Wegmans and while there had him grab me a mocha latte. Every good baking day starts with a good cup of java!

With latte in hand, let’s get started.

Zucchini Bread Prep Gather Ingredients for Recipe

Zucchini Bread Ingredients

  • 2-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped nuts
  • 2/3 cup raisins (if desired)

Zucchini Bread Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottoms only of 2 loaf pans (9x5x3 inches).
  2. Mix sugar and shortening together.
  3. Stir in zucchini, water and eggs.
  4. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and baking powder; stir in nuts and raisins.
  5. Pour into pans.
  6. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean; cool 5 minutes.
  7. Loosen sides of loaves from the pans; remove from pans.
  8. Cool completely before slicing.

Recipe Notes

Want to jazz up this recipe? Try the Pumpkin bread version by substituting 1 can (16 ounces) of pumpkin for the zucchini. Omit vanilla. Increase baking time to about 1 hour 10 minutes.

I seriously cannot live without this cookbook. Best investment I ever made. Pick up your own copy of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook -you will not be disappointed. It will quickly become your favorite cooking & baking resource!

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