Zucchini Bread

I love Sunday mornings. I enjoyed coffee and breakfast with Adlai today, and then putzed around the house doing a few chores and planning out my day. Since I have so many zucchinis, making bread was first on the to-do list.

basic ingredients for zucchini bread

Ingredients for the zucchini bread.

I like to have all my ingredients out at the same time. Then, as I use them, I put them back in the cabinet or on the spice rack. It helps me keep track of which ingredients I have added to the mix.

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease two 8 1/2-inch loaf pans.

Basic ingredients for zucchini bread

Basic ingredients needed for zucchini bread.

First, I chopped the pecans and then I chopped and grated the zucchini.

chopped pecans or walnuts

Chopped pecans are ready for the batter.

unpeeled zucchini

Unpeeled zucchini is ready to be grated.

Grate zucchini

Grate zucchini with the peel still on.

Then, I mixed the wet ingredients including the sugar.

Mix together

Mix zucchini, sugar, oil and slightly beaten eggs.

I mixed all the dry ingredients together from flour to cloves.

Then, I combined the wet with the dry ingredients and mixed by hand.

Mix wet and dry ingredients together

Mix wet and dry ingredients together.

Add pecans to batter

Add nuts to batter.

Fold nuts into batter.

Divide batter in half and add to loaf pans.

Divide batter in half and add to loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes. My bread was done in about 50 minutes, so take a peek towards the end of the bake cycle. Edges should be brown, and they should start to pull away from the edges. If you insert a butter knife into the bread, the knife should remain clean, not gooey. Remove and let cool.

Edges are lightly browned and pulling away from edges.

Edges are lightly browned and pulling away from edges.

Enjoy with or without butter. It is fantastic!

Enjoy a slice of zucchini bread with or without butter. It is delish!

Enjoy a slice of zucchini bread with or without butter. It is delish!

Later in the day, I drove to Whitewater State Park for a nice hike that also included some photo opportunities. I wanted to get a few pictures taken for my up and coming Haiku Challenge. I know that it will be difficult to take one picture a day, so I decided that spending a few hours each week loading up the camera would be beneficial.Here is a sneak peek from my Hike today. More on that tomorrow.

One of the many bridges on Trout Run trail in Whitewater State Park.

One of the many bridges on Trout Run trail in Whitewater State Park.

How did you spend your Labor Day Weekend?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

~Nicole

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