Cook the Book: Zucchini Bread

Oh noes! What to do with too much zucchini? Photograph from virtualcourtney on Flickr

This past Saturday was Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors' Porch Day. To help deal with the bounty of zucchini that all of your neighbors surely bestowed upon you, we shared some of our favorite zucchini recipes. What's one more going to hurt? Zucchini is abundant enough this time of year.

Elizabeth Barbone, author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking, is afraid that Zucchini Bread had become a bit of a culinary joke, something we only make when we're overrun with zucchini in late summer. She thinks there's another reason to make zucchini bread: It tastes great.

This recipe is gluten-free and uses two types of rice flour, white rice flour and sweet rice flour. Both can be found at health food stores but Barbone prefers to buy hers at Asian markets, for some reason the texture is smoother. Sweet rice flour is made from glutenous rice and is great for retaining moisture in baked goods.

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Cook the Book: Zucchini Bread

About This Recipe

Yield:1 loaf

Ingredients

  • Vegetable shortening, for pan
  • White rice flour, for pan
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup grated zucchini

Procedures

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan.

  2. 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.

  3. 3

    In a large bowl, whisk the eggs together with the oil until well combined and slightly frothy. (Use high speed on a handheld mixer or medium-high on a stand mixer.) Add sugar and vanilla; mix until sugar is dissolved. Add dry ingredients and blend until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. (Use medium speed on a handheld mixer or medium-low on a stand mixer.) Using a wooden spoon, stir in grated zucchini. Pour the batter into prepared pan.

  4. 4

    Bake for 60 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.

  5. 5

    Place pan on a wire rack to cool, 10 minutes. Remove bread from the pan and place on rack to cool completely.

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