It’s zucchini time! Or so I read on Facebook. We had tiny carrots, beans, nasturtium, bell pepper, chilies, herbs and tomatoes. Even our cabbage is growing, although it better hurry up because we want to till everything under. But zucchini. Zucchini! The idiots crop. Did nothing in our sad little plot. Well, it flowered. And I did contemplate cooking with those flowers. But no. I have no sense of flower gender so I left the blossoms alone. And my payoff? Nothing.
But that’s not to say your plot or CSA box is not overwhelmed by zucchinis. It most likely is, which is why my husband refuses to join a CSA. He doesn’t even want the small box.
Here is a great zucchini bread recipe adapted from the Better Homes & Garden Cookbook and made famous by my friend Kadamba. The recipe is for a loaf pan but feel free to make it in a cake pan. And feel free to drizzle a frosting made of condensed milk and powdered sugar over the top while it is still hot. Or just a straight up powdered sugar and milk (or water for you vegans without a well stocked pantry) frosting over it once cooled. Plain is pretty nice, too.
Here is the now famous zucchini bread recipe. If I recall right, Kadamba mixed it up a little…using some whole wheat and some white. Therefore, she had to add more liquid, which I think she did in the form of milk. When making the bread here, she used yogurt as the egg substitute but ground flaxseed gooed up in some water would probably work well also.
Eggless Zucchini Bread Recipe / Vegan -izeable Zucchini Bread Recipe
1.5 c flour (you can mix it up with your flours, but may need to add liquid if you use whole grains…usually it is 1 tb liquid for 1 c whole wheat)
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 tspn bake soda
1/4 tspn bake pwdr
1/4 tspn salt
1/4 tspn nutmeg
1 c sugar
1 c shredded zucchini
1/4 c oil
2 TB yogurt or 1 recipe flax egg
1/4 tspn lemon peel (this is nice but if you don’t have a lemon on hand, forge ahead)
1/2 c walnuts (pecans are lovely, too)
Mix it up. After getting batter in tin, you may choose to sprinkle top with large crystalled turbinado sugar.
Bake at 350 for 55 minutes in a loaf pan. If using a cake pan, bake for 35-40 minutes.