CNYEats A Taste of Utica Zucchini Bread

by Joanne on June 20, 2010

This weeks recipe is from Cindy Ball and posted by Rainie Piccione.  On page 57 of our book,

DSC_0355 A Taste of Utica.


To be quite honest, I had my doubts.  Why?  Because the recipe simply lists the ingredients which, in my opinion, were somewhat reversed from standard sweet bread recipes.  Example, nuts were listed first.  The other reason I was doubtful was because the directions were simply four sentences long:  Preheat – Mix – Pour – Bake.  What happened to creaming the sugar?  How about mixing dry ingredient first then blending it with the wet?  This recipe goes against all my baking science know-how but I wasn’t going to change a thing.  I made the Zucchini bread EXACTLY as instructed. 

The result:  It just doesn’t get any better than this!


Zucchini Bread – Makes 2 Loaves

  • 1 cup nuts, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips – shaken in baggy with 1 TBS of flour *I forgot to do this.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups grated zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Mix ingredients in order given. Pour into greased and floured large loaf pans.  Bake for 55 – 65 minutes.


Honesty, all I did was grab a large bowl and dump the ingredients in THEN I mixed it all up.  Shocked to see that the bread rose, the texture was professional perfect, the taste was OUT STANIDNG!  Maybe it worked because the number one way to ruin a sweet bread recipe is to over mix it. It makes it tough and ruins the texture.  When you make it like this recipe instructs, you don’t over mix.  It’s easy.


This ones a keeper!


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  • At 2010.06.20 12:54, Bela said:

    Okay that looks DELICIOUS! One thing I did not plant in my vegetable garden this year was zuchinni….I will have to pick some up at the farmers market because I have to try this recipe. Do you think I can replace the oil with something? I have replaced oil with soy milk today for muffins and they came out pretty good….I wonder if it would work for this receipe also.

    • At 2010.06.20 21:07, Pam (IIN Health Coach) said:

      Yum I love that bread, haven’t had it in so long, but I remember just how divine it tasted!!

      • At 2010.06.20 23:00, runnerforever said:

        A keeper is right, looks great!

        • At 2010.06.20 23:20, Liz said:

          This sounds delicious! My grandmother makes a zucchini cake that scared me as a child (because I could see green flecks in it!) but is something I’ve come to love as an adult.

          • At 2010.06.21 06:40, Lindsay said:

            I’d say this is a keeper! Looks incredible! As usual great job Joanne!

            • At 2010.06.21 18:44, kilax said:

              Can you believe that I have never had zucchini bread? We are probably going to have a lot of zucchini in our garden this summer so I should give it a whirl!

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