Apple Zucchini Bread

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2011
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I LOVE zucchini bread!

And if you’ve never had zucchini bread, let me assure you — it does NOT taste like zucchini! It basically tastes like cinnamon — and whatever other flavors you add to it.

So, you can image how delicious Apple Zucchini Bread tastes, since it’s basically Apple Cinnamon Bread…YUM!

I make different varieties of zucchini bread all year long, and I ALWAYS use zucchini from our garden! Yup, even in the middle of winter, I am able to use the zucchini we grew over the summer because I freeze it in 2 cup quantities like in the picture below. {Read more about the foods I freeze}

So when it’s time to make zucchini bread, zucchini brownies, or any other delicious zucchini recipe, I simply defrost one bag and I’m ready to go.

It really is THAT easy! Let me show you…

Ingredients:

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  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil {or apple sauce}
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 2 c. shredded zucchini
  • 1 c. peeled, chopped granny smith apple

For the Topping: {this is optional}

  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 2 T. cold butter

Feel free to alter the spices and seasonings to fit your family’s taste buds! Sometimes I use nutmeg, allspice, cloves, apple pie spice, etc.  Also, when I substitute apple sauce for the oil, I usually add about 1 T. extra apple sauce to prevent the bread from drying out.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Grease and flour two 9″x5″ loaf pans
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugars, oil, and vanilla
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Stir flour mixture into egg mixture
  • Fold in zucchini and apple and pour into prepared pans
  • Bake for 40 minutes
  • While the bread bake, combine first 3 ingredients for the topping
  • Cut in the cold butter until the mixture gets very crumbly
  • Pull the bread out of the oven after 40 minutes and add the crumble topping
  • Bake an additional 20 minutes or until the middle is set
  • Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely

This is one of my all-time favorite breads and it’s so simple to make! Plus, is there anything better on a FREEZING cold winter day than to walk in the kitchen to the smell of deliciously warm Apple “Cinnamon” Bread with melted butter???

Ok, I’m off to the kitchen for a snack!

What is your favorite bread?

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12 comments

  1. Sara

    09/09/2014

    Hi Andrea

    Thanks so much for the freezer chart, It will be handy, got lots of zucchini at
    market this weekend, no time to bake now. I am going to try your apple receipt
    sounds so delish!

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    Andrea Reply:

    enjoy all your zucchini! we’re just finishing up a loaf of the apple zucchini bread!

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  2. Mickey

    10/22/2013

    I’ve never had zucchini before, but I would like to try it. I saw you said to shred it but do you need to peel it like cucumbers first? I would like to try this bread recipe. Thanks

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  3. michelle

    09/06/2013

    can you use any kind of apple?

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  4. Scinia

    01/01/2013

    Hi Andrea,

    I love your recipes. Am not too fond of eggs in baked goods. Is it alright if i substitute flax seed for eggs in this apple-zucchini bread? Meanwhile, i shall try your zucchini brownie.

    Scinia

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    Andrea Reply:

    Honestly, I don’t think Flax Seed would be a good substitute — it just doesn’t seem comparable to eggs in any way. however, you could always give it a try and see how they turn out!

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  5. Nicole Church

    11/12/2012

    Hi Andrea,
    I thought this recipe sounded great when I first read it. I haven’t had the greatest apples this fall. I have just enough zucchini in my freezer to make it, but I’m wondering if my ‘not so crispy’ golden apples would be okay in this bread. I just don’t want to ruin it or waist my precious time! Have you ever baked with apples that weren’t very crispy or kind of old? Let me know…thanks!

    Nicole

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes Nicole,
    This would be a perfect recipe for less-than-stellar apples… they get mushy when baked anyway! Another idea if you have lots of apples would be to make applesauce. Just peal and core them, put them in a large pan with about a 1/8 – 1/4c. of water (just so they dont’ burn) and cook them about 20 minutes, or until very soft. Mash them up and add a little sugar or cinnamon as desired. YUM!!

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  6. Rain

    02/03/2011

    I love zucchini bread too! I always make a bunch of it when the zukes go on sale at the market! It’s so moist and tender.

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  7. Paw Print Pet Tags

    02/02/2011

    I’m going to try this recipe because hubby hates veggies and I bet he won’t even know they’re in there. This bread looks moist and delicious!

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    Andrea Reply:

    It IS moist and delicious — and I guarantee your hubby will never taste the zucchini!

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  8. Andrea

    02/02/2011

    I wish I had all that frozen zucchini! Looks delicious!

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