A little zucchini for a little baby
July 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Sweet sister-in-law has been given strict instructions to gain six pounds over the next three weeks to help grow her own little Baby Mac. I have not been given similar instructions, but I do feel like I can contribute to the cause. I mean, how many times in our lives will we be told to gain weight?! Seems like we should chip in and celebrate when someone is given such a task.
Zucchini bread to the rescue! Her little bun has made her oven a little sensitive, and this was one of the few things she got excited about, so I dug out my mother-in-law’s recipe and went to work!
1 cup crisco oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini (4 small zucchinis–I ran them through the shredder attachment on the food processor and came up with just the perfect amount)
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cloves
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and spray a loaf pan down really good. Combine the oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a mixer until they’re well blended (about 2 minutes). In a large bowl, mix together your flour, powder, soda, and spices–just use a fork to combine these together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to your wet ingredients as the mixer is going. I usually add this about 1/2 a cup at a time to get it well incorporated. Once you have it all well blended, remove the bowl from the mixer and add the grated zucchini by folding it in with a spatula.
Bake for 1 1/2 hours and use a skewer or toothpick to test it. You want it to come out clean–then you’re done! We wrapped this one up in some foil and sent it home for Operation Weight Gain. Let’s hope it did the trick!