So, with zucchini coming at me from all sides, I needed to do something with them! I have never made zucchini bread (I've never made any bread for that matter). But, I thought, why not give it a try. (knowing my luck with baking I'll screw it up somehow) Took me an hour to find my loaf pans. LOL
This is a Paula Dean recipe, so I have to believe its going to be good. Keep your fingers crossed for me! :)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- Whipped cream, for serving
- Zucchini ribbons, for serving
Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease (2) 9 by 5-inch loaf pans.
Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices, chocolate chips and baking soda. (coating the chips in the flour will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the bread while baking)
In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, and continue beating until well blended. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini, pecans, and orange zest. Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pans.
Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove loaves from pans and cool. Chill before slicing. Serve with whipped cream and ribbons of zucchini.