I thought my mom made the best zucchini bread – until I added lemon! This is a wonderful, light zucchini bread that’s not too sweet.
While I’m sure this bread is perfectly delicious on its own, the couple of changes I made took this to stand out memorable! First, don’t beat the zucchini with the oil, sugar and egg. Just add it to that mixture, then stir in the flour mixture till blended. I used a full tablespoon of lemon zest, and added 1/2 tsp. of vanilla. Once the bread was done, I let it cool in the pan 10 minutes. Meanwhile, I made a glaze of 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup lemon juice. I heated it till boiling to dissolve the sugar, then removed it from the heat. I removed the bread from the pan and brushed on the glaze, continuing to reapply it as it was absorbed. (Didn’t poke holes in the top as I didn’t want HOLES in the top!) This glaze made a beautiful, shiny top, and infused the bread with both moisture and incredibly delicious lemon zing! Outstanding.
We loved this recipe. I made a few changes, because I wanted to make it super guilt free. Used whole wheat flour in place of white, instead of the oil and white sugar, I used 1/4 cup honey (gave it a wonderful, homey smell and taste), 1/4 brown sugar (a little less…I don’t like it too sweet) and added chopped pecans. I have also tried adding 1 1/2 cups shredded carrot, which also turned out great. Fool-proof, delicious and easy to make substitutions. I love it! Thank you for sharing!
I took the advice of a previous review, cutting down the sugar to 1/4 C Brown sugar, 1/4 Cup Honey, and substituted whole wheat flour. They were dense and moist and yummy. And by ‘they’ I mean the miniature muffins I used the batter for. The cooking time is cut down by about half, and you have to be careful to mix the lemon zest very well or it will clump. They were a big hit with honey butter!
This bread turned out soo good!! It’s one of the best I’ve had, but I did put a little more zucchini in the second batch, and it has a much better flavor!!!!!
Love the cirus twist! Added 1 cup chopped walnuts, and the zest of one large lemon. (easier to measure when using a handheld grater) perfect summer breakfast compliment for my usual coffee
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
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