As my friend and I were walking through the craft store looking for supplies for a DIY project last week, we started talking about the upcoming holidays. Walking through the aisles past colorful autumn decor totally threw me into that nesting phase the holidays often bring. Cozy fires, the smell of baked goods, lit candles, warm blankets, crisp outside air. It is always the time when I want to cuddle up in a festively decorated home.
By the end of our shopping trip, I was so in the holiday spirit. We had a shopping cart full of rustic-looking wood and canvas baskets and hardly any supplies for the project we were going to work on. I probably would have ended up with a full shopping cart of decorations, too, if we had the room. I am excited to know that once Connor and I have a house, we will get to go shopping for holiday decorations, since we don’t have any!
At the end of the night, we cooked dinner and baked zucchini bread. It has been so long since I have baked, but it was nice to make something and have the satisfaction of a delicious treat and a full tummy. So, to get you in the holiday spirit as well, I am sharing this yummy, easy recipe for Zucchini bread.
Makes 2 bread loaves
Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Ingredients: 3 C flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 3 tsp ground cinnamon, 3 eggs, 1 C vegetable oil, 2-1/4 C white sugar, 3 tsp vanilla extract, 2 C grated zucchini, 1 C chopped walnuts (optional).
Grease and flour two 8×4 inch pans. Preheat over to 325 degrees. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 40-60 minutes. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan and cool completely.