Mary’s Best Zucchini Bread

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hrs 10 mins
  • Servings: 24
  • About This Recipe

    “This zucchini bread gets rave reviews – very moist and tasty, and easy to prepare.”

    Ingredients

  • 2cupsshredded unpeeled zucchini( green or yellow, or a combination)
  • 2cupswhite sugar
  • 2eggs
  • 1/2 cupunsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cupoil
  • 2teaspoonsvanilla
  • 3cupsflour
  • 2teaspoonscinnamon
  • 1teaspoonsalt
  • 1teaspoonbaking soda
  • 1teaspoonnutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoonbaking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoongrated fresh lemon rind or 1/2 teaspoonorange rind
  • 1cupchopped walnuts
  • Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Grease two loaf pans.
  • Combine flour, cinnamon, salt, soda, nutmeg, powder, and lemon (or orange) peel in a large bowl; set aside.
  • Combine sugar, eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla in a large bowl.
  • Add shredded zucchini and walnuts; stir to combine.
  • Add zucchini mixture to flour mixture; stir well.
  • Pour evenly into prepared loaf pans; sprinkle tops with cinnamon sugar.
  • Bake 60-65 minutes or until loaves test done with toothpick.
  • Let cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans onto wire rack to cool completely.
  • *Note: Loaves freeze well.
  • Reviews

  • “Wonderful recipe; changed it around a bit & made muffins out of it; works superbly. Sprinkled the walnuts on top instead of in batter. Takes about 25-30 mins as muffins. Freeze very well as snacks. Makes 12 muffins. Bravo!”

  • “I just made this Bread. My Husbandsaid this is a Keeper. Very tasty & moist , the best I’ve made. I have been cooking for my husband for almost 55 years.”

  • “easy to make, moist, not heavy, cooks nicely (evenly, etc.) i gave it **** because i think the flavor needs a little zip.nice bread for breaksfast or with a meal.”

  • “Nicely spiced and moist. We liked the subtle lemon accent. I made one loaf and used the remaining dough to make 10 muffins.I baked these for about 25 minutes.”

  • “This was my first time making zucchini bread, and it was delicious! Even though I left out the lemon rind, it was still very moist and flavorful. My family really enjoyed it, and I definitely plan on making it again!”

  • “everyone really liked it!”

  • “Very nice bread. I made it for a potluck and also heard more than once that it was ‘the best zucchini bread’ anyone’s ever tasted.”

  • “Moist and very tasty.I made only one loaf and we gobbled it up in record time. It was easy to make. Due to laziness (not wanting to run to the market), I substitued sweetened apple sauce for unsweetened and it was great.”

  • “Mary this was far the best zucchini bread that I and my whole family tried. They just loved it.I have given a few loafs to friends and they all want the recipe. Thank you for a great way to get rid of all the zucchini that I got growing in my garden.”

  • “I made this receipe last night.It was very good.Nice and moist.Thanks for a great receipe.Nancy”

  • “this zucchini bread is the best!”

  • “This was really good. I didn’t have any lemon or orange rind but I am sure this is an integral part of the recipe. I will make it again just to try that. It was moist and flavorful. I used some cinnamon sugar to coat the pans and give a little extra flavor.”

  • “Love this recipe!! I added 1 cup of raisins for texture and it turned out great. I would advise cooking for 50 minutes instead of the whole hour. I am impressed that it makes 2 loaves. Yummy!”

  • “This is the best. Flavor and texture is on the money.Love the idea of the cinnamon sugar on the top; rellay like the crunchie top.This will become one of my families favorite.”

  • “This is a fine recipe, but I agree that it only needs to bake 50 minutes. It is best to start checking it at 50 minutes, maybe even at 45 minutes. It is slightly dry, but great with some cream cheese smeared on! We decreased sugar to 1 1/2 cups, and it was still almost too sweet for our taste. We will keep the recipe!”

  • “While i thought this recipe was good….the cook time was a little off.I’d suggest if you are cooking with gas that you reduce the time to 50-55 min.I cooked for the full 60 and it came out very dry. Maybe a little more applesauce would help too.”

  • “This bread is delicious.My children and I love it with cream cheese spread on a slice.I also sprinkled a crumb topping on top before I baked it.Very easy to make.Kid-friendly baking.”

  • “My boys barely let me get this out of the oven! They inhaled this bread. They thought the batter ingredients were “gross” but as soon as they smelled and tasted it..the bread was history. I had to hide the second loaf so my DH could at least taste of it. Thanks for a healthy and yummy recipe.”

  • “Followed recipe but found it dry and crust a little hard. Not sure why it did not turn out moist, I only baked for 55 min.”

  • “No one can accuse you of false advertising, that’s for sure!Your zucchini bread really is the best (my coworkers even referred to it as “magical”). This recipe is really easy to put together, has a wonderful flavor and texture, and is a little healthier than many others.I think I’ve found my new default zucchini bread…buut don’t tell my mother!! Thanks Mary Scheffert!”

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