Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Zucchini Bread Recipe

It's a proven fact that smell is one of the strongest stimulants tied to memories.  Certain smells can influence moods and powerful responses almost immediately.  The medical explanation is that the olfactory bulb is part of the brain's limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it's sometimes called the "emotional brain".  But I believe smell is just our mind's way of remembering special moments before we could express them.
For me, one of those special moments is closely tied to zucchini bread.  When I was little, I have fuzzy memories of warm slices of zucchini bread in my little hands when Dad would pick me up from preschool.  At just four years old, my preschool and his office were located close enough to each other where he'd pick me up by bike.  Now at twenty-four years old, my Dad still likes to bring up those afternoons we spent together, whizzing around on the back of his bike as I munched away on zucchini bread.  Since I have several large zucchinis on hand from our weekend in France, two were enough to make into a loaf of bread and a dozen mini muffins.  And as they baked and rose, our house smelled cozy and it brought me right back to those sentimental times....
 If you've never heard or tried zucchini bread (European friends) then it probably sounds like a strange combination.  But it's delicious, I promise.  Subtle flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar blend amazingly well with this green squash.  Also, the tracings of vibrant green speckled throughout the bread is also a fun addition.

Adapted from Paula Deen

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup water
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Mix wet ingredients with dry... Voila.  Enjoy with someone special.

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  1. I have to try this. Looks finger licking good!

  2. Oh my goodness, sooo delicious! This was a regular staple for me growing up too:-) I was always amazed how something green and healthy could taste like dessert! xoxo

  3. I LOVE zucchini bread! Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to try baking some.

    I have wonderful memories of my grandmother's banana bread which tasted so yummy especially with a slab of butter on it :)