1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 1/2 cups unpeeled grated zucchini (approximately 3 medium size zucchini)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 (extra) tablespoons granulated sugar
For Serving (optional)
Whipped Cream or Crème Fraîche
1). Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Spray two 8 or 9-inch loaf pans or one 9 or 10-inch tube or bundt style pan with non-stick cooking spray, or grease with butter. If using loaf pans, line bottom of pans with parchment or waxed paper. Spray or grease parchment or waxed paper also. Set pan (s) aside.
2). In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the first 8 dry ingredients (wheat flour through ground cloves). Stir to combine well. Set aside.
3). Grate or shred zucchini using a food processor or a hand-held grater (I don't peel the zucchini, I leave the skin on). Place grated zucchini on several layers of paper towels to drain; cover with additional paper towels and set aside.
4). In a small bowl, toss together chopped nuts with about 1 to 2 tablespoons flour (This helps to prevent nuts from dropping to the bottom of loaves while baking).
Note: Using nuts in this recipe is optional.
5). In a large mixing bowl, or bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Blend ingredients by hand thoroughly, OR beat on medium speed with a hand held mixer, OR beat on medium speed with an electric stand mixer. Mix thoroughly. Add dry ingredients to mixture and blend until combined. Do NOT over mix or texture of bread will be tough. With a rubber spatula, scrape down sides of bowl; then fold in grated zucchini and nuts (if using). Mix thoroughly.
6). Pour batter into prepared loaf pans or tube or bundt style pan, if using. Sprinkle the 2 extra tablespoons sugar over the loaves or over batter in tube or bundt pan. Bake in preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Zucchini bread is done when toothpick or cake tester is inserted in center of bread and comes out clean, with no moist crumbs attached.
7). Remove from oven and let cool in pan (s) for 15 minutes; then invert onto wire rack and let cool completely. If desired, serve with a spoonful of whipped cream or for something a little different, a dollop of crème fraîche.
Makes 2 (8 or 9-inch) loaves or 1 tube or bundt cake.
Photograph taken by Diana Baker Woodall© 2004
Date: January 10, 2004