Thursday, March 24, 2022

Lemon Zucchini Bread @VMBurns

 VMBURNS: Have you ever wondered who got the bright idea to add vegetables to bread? Or am I the only person who thinks about such things? Well, I have to say, whoever first decided to add zucchini or carrots to create a sweet treat while still getting in a daily serving of vegetables was a genius! My mom was a good baker, but she only baked desserts and usually only for holidays (i.e. Thanksgiving and Christmas). Plus, I like vegetables (most of them) anyway. So, my mom never had to "hide" vegetables in other foods to get me to eat them. However, given today's active lifestyle where everyone is on the go, it can be hard for me to make time for breakfast (yes, I know it's the most important meal of the day) and to eat as many vegetables as I should. So, this recipe for Lemon Zucchini Bread kills two birds with one stone, AND it's pretty darned tasty! 

LEMON ZUCCHINI BREAD




  • INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup finely shredded unpeeled zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • For the glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray or coat with butter.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Combine sugar, zucchini, cooking oil, egg, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a separate bowl and mix. 

  • Add the dry ingredients to the zucchini mixture and stir until just combined.

  • Pour batter into the greased loaf pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes, and then remove from the pan and cool completely.
  • Combine ingredients for glaze and drizzle over bread.



You can skip the glaze if you want (although, I don't know why you would). It soaks into the bread and makes it even more moist and lemony.

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26 comments:

  1. Love fruit and veggies bread. My favorite is banana bread.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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    1. I love banana bread, too. Definitely, one of my favs. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. This sounds delicious! I love zucchini bread and banana bread! JL_Minter@hotmail.com

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    1. I love both of those, too. Now, I'm wondering what other veggies I can add to bread. :-) Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Thank you for the LEMON ZUCCHINI BREAD recipe. Sounds yummy! As you probably know, once zucchini season hits full strength, there isn't enough recipes to use it all. However, I'm always excited to get a new one.

    We love them all from the standard banana nut to making it Hawaiian fancy, all sorts of squash bread, carrot and raisin, and apple cinnamon are what comes to mind first.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read "TWO PARTS SUGAR, ONE PART MURDER" which is most definitely on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. I have not heard of Squash bread, but I love carrot and raisin and apple cinnamon. So much yum! Thanks for the recommendations and good luck!

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  4. For once I will be glad to have my neighbor's gift of zucchini so I can give this recipe a try. Like my mom I often bake banana bread, though I have modified her recipe using more banana and less oil. Orange cranberry bread is another favorite around here.
    Thanks to the Mystery Lovers Kitchen blog for leading me to your books. I just finished The Plot is Murder and I looking for more of your books.
    lroth(at)pcext(dot)com

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    1. Awesome! So glad you have found a use for your neighbor's zucchini gift. :-) I do love orange cranberry bread. So yummy.

      I'm also glad that you are enjoying the Mystery Bookshop series. Thanks for commenting. and Good luck!

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  5. I just made zucchini bread this week. We love it! I can't wait for your new series. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Brilliant minds? :-) I love zucchini bread, too. This recipe is in the new series. In fact, when I submitting the manuscript, the title was, Lemon Zucchini Dead. Sadly, my publisher didn't like it and changed it. Now, you know the inside info. Thanks for commenting and good luck!

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  6. I love zucchini bread. I make it often. Your recipe looks great!! Thanks for the chance!!!

    jarjm1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate the comments and good luck!

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  7. We like any kind of bread made with vegetables & pecans but our favorite is banana bread. lnchudej@yahoo.com

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    1. OMG! I love a good banana bread and I'm quite fond of nuts (esp. pecans). Thanks for commenting and good luck!

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  8. Valerie,I love the recipe of adding lemon! Yes I really like carrot cake and banana bread with nuts. My late MIL was a great country cook and taught me to make strawberry bread, and pear bread. So delicious!Thank you! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Lynn,
      Pear bread? Strawberry bread? Those sound soooo yummy. I love both strawberries and pears. I can't wait to try both of those. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

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  9. Ooh, I love zucchini bread and all citrus desserts, so this sounds perfect!

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    1. I have to say, I love the lemons too. I hope you give it a try.

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  10. This sounds like a great combination.
    The veggies add an excellent moisture to the cakes/breads.

    Where did the "Like" button go?

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    1. I think you're right about the veggies adding moisture. I don't squeeze the zucchini, so it's very moist and the glaze helps to keep it moist, too.

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  11. I like banana bread and zucchini bread. I bet adding lemon with the zucchini adds a nice flavor to the bread. Looking forward to reading the new series.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I definitely love the addition of lemons. The zest made it even more lemony. I'm rather excited about the new series. I hope everyone likes it. Fingers crossed. Thanks for commenting. Good luck!

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  12. I love them all! tWarner419@aol.com

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  13. I like lemon bread and banana bread.
    wskwared(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I love a good banana bread, too. So delish. Thanks for the comment and good luck!

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