Mom has always talked about how much she loved her mom aka Granny’s zucchini bread. Granny has been gone for seven years now. I miss her and think about her every single day; I believe she watches over me – my guardian angel.
I loved her when she was here on earth, but I have done a lot of growing up in the past seven years. I wish all the time she was still here to bake and cook with me, to have adult conversations with, to watch game shows together, and take walks around the neighborhood.
I should have done all those things while she was alive, but I didn’t always want to. I try not to blame myself for being a typical teenager. Hopefully she knew then how much I loved her, and hopefully she still knows now.
To be honest, based on what Mom has told me about Granny, I don’t know that we have a lot of food favorites in common. I make her Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Onions all the time (if you haven’t tried it yet, do it! Now!), but other than that her recipes aren’t really my thing. I like to think if we would have had the opportunity to cook together, we both would have been open to trying new things.
One recipe I have wanted to try is her zucchini bread. We thought the famous recipe had been lost, never to be found. I was so bummed! Then my aunt kindly went through all of her recipes and found what we believe to be Granny’s Zucchini Bread. We can’t be sure, but we know the recipe was from the Cincinnati Enquirer like this one.
I think it was her recipe since this bread is simply stellar. Loaded with zucchini, it still manages to be pretty light and fluffy, definitely moist and tender inside with a caramelized exterior that provides the best complex flavor. Walnuts lend crunch, while cinnamon and vanilla are major flavor players.
I wish I could share a piece of this with Granny, but instead I’ll just have an extra slice in her honor 🙂
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable or canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
3 cups coarsely grated zucchini
1 cup walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil 2 loaf pans, and line the bottom only with parchment.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
In a large bowl, stir together eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla until fully combined. Stir in the dry ingredients until most of the flour has been incorporated. Add the zucchini and stir until all ingredients are fully combined. Fold in the walnuts.
Divide the batter evenly among the two pans. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool in pans for about 30 minutes before gently removing and cooling completely. Bread may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag. Thaw at room temperature for a couple hours or in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Recipe adapted from The Cincinnati Enquirer
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