7 October 2011

Back to baking

The cooler weather has me back in the kitchen and baking again. Baking is one of my guilty pleasures ... I love to bake! The problem comes in eating everything that I bake. Luckily I have lots of friends and family who are willing to take some baked goods off my hands. Zucchini bread is something that I usually only bake once a year when the zucchini is plentiful. I actually baked this one a couple of weeks ago and although it makes two loaves, they're already gone. I like to keep breads like this on hand ... they freeze well and are great when you have unexpected company drop by.

Zucchini Bread

2/3 cup shortening
2 2/3 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 cups shredded zucchini (about 2-3 medium)
2/3 cup water
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cups walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour 2 9x5x3 loaf pans. Mix shortening and sugar in a large bowl.  Add eggs, zucchini and water.  Blend in flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves.  Stir in walnuts and pour into pans.  Bake 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool before slicing.

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This weekend we'll be celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving so I'll be offline, spending time with family and friends and hopefully taking advantage of the warm weather to clean up in the garden.

Have a lovely weekend ... and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!  I'll see you next week.  xo


  1. Lynda i wish i lived nearby ! i’d love to help you eat! i am a hopeless baker, even when i follow a recipy... Go figure... but i keep trying. I might try this one this week end!
    i love teh composition in this picture.
    xo sandra

  2. Mmmm, looks delicious, Lynda! I'm not much of a baker, I'd prefer to cook. Hope you have a good weekend :)

  3. Now I wish that I had a zucchini! It wasn't so long ago that I was wishing I didn't. ☺ Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Lynda!

  4. Beautiful bread, Lynda, and I agree about having some on hand. :)

    We're about to get the gas line run into the house which means it's time for me to pick a new range. So, I imagine I'll be doing that this weekend so it's installed in time for our holidays. Of course, you are lucky and celebrate both Thanksgivings!

    Have a beautiful, memorable weekend, dear friend! xo – g

  5. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, Lynda!

    My daughter has been bugging me to make Zucchini bread so I think this will be the recipe I use! Thanks! It looks delicious : )

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

    This recipe looks amazing! Have you ever tried Chocolate Zucchini Loaf?

  7. Happy Thanksgiving Lynda..Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday. We Give Thanks..

  8. It looks so very delicious & inviting; it brings up also beautiful memories of a long stay in the States a loooong time ago...!

    I LOVED the Zucchini Bread; I eat it even for breakfast, Lynda!!!!!

    A wonderful shot of this mmmmhhhhh cake....!!!!

    I will try though Your recipe too.....; I am looking forward!
    have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your Family!!!

    ciao ciao elvira

  9. just dropping by to see what’s new in your beautiful world Lynda...
    still haven’t made that bread. i think i miss about 6 hours per day to do everything i’d like to do...
    xo sandra

  10. A coworker made a similar bread one time, and I remember sneaking bites of it all day long..hehe! Hope you have some nice weather for the remainder of October for your yardwork...sometimes I miss not having a yard! :)~Mary

  11. Not sure what is more delicious...the recipe or the photo!!!


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