Sunday, September 13, 2009


actually, zucchini, pineapple, walnut, sultana bread.
grandma Nonnie is not my grandma, but i know she was a lovely sweet lady and made some exceptional breads(her banana nut and apple spice cocoa bread coming soon). she was my highschool boyfriends' grandmother, we won't say HOW LONG AGO that was, but let's just say i've kept these handwritten 3x5 cards safe for, oooh...a few decades.

this recipe comes out perfect everytime and it's always a huge winner, even to those that want to squish up their nose hearing the star of the show is a vegatable named zucchini. it's always moist, but still flakey like a cake. i think it would really lend itself to a 2" cake pan or a bundt with some yummy cream cheese frosting. that would definitely take it from breakfast to a main dessert.

what realy makes this bread/cake is the combo of ingredients. ie. the zucchini, pineapple, the finely chopped walnuts and the sultanas, nonnie recommends currents, but i didn't have any so i opted for sultanas rather than plain ol' raisins. (i think diced apricots would be great too).

nonnie calls for 2 reg. loaf pans. in the past i used 3 med throw-away tin pans, but this time i used 2 throw-aways and 1 mini and i think they came out perfect. i like a bread/cake to be tall and raise a bit above the edge. plump, you might say.

as written by Grandma Nonnie
notes: before you begin-flour loaf pans
mix flour , spices, salt, bk. powder, soda
drain pineapple
shred zucchini
chop nuts-
have everthing ready to just add & you can mix it in 5 or 10 minutes
(this is Greg's very favorite bread-the banana is good-the apple sauce is good, the carrot is good-BUT this zucchini is best- (she's not kidding)
3 eggs
1 c. oil (wesson)
2 c. sugar
2 c. raw grated(coarse) zucchini
2 tsp. vanilla
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (well drained)
with rotary mixer beat 3 eggs to blend-
add 1 c. salad oil, 2 c. sugar & vanilla...beat utill thick and foamy
add zucchini and pineapple
combine 3 c. all purpose flour (unsifted)
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
mix together
add mixture on front of card (above wet) a little at a time
add 1 c. finely chopped walnuts & 1 c. currents (we can use raisins, but like currents better)
stir gently into zucchini mixture untill well blended
bake in 2 loaf pans @ 325 degrees for 1 hour
(insert toothpick-if it comes out clean-is done
you really should try this bread. i have not found one better. and, as i said, it comes out perfect everytime. her banana bread is fab too so i'll be making that soon. the problem with that is it doesn't excite me too much to bake because i hate bananas. BUT, her banana bread is soooo good even I can eat a slice or two...

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