The smallest house on our block is welcoming a new couple, and they are having a lunch potluck to meet and greet the neighborhood. Baked goods are exceptional for giving the feeling of a home— and a somewhat quirky choice of baby zucchini loaves, is a suitable introduction for Denise and I.
• 3 cups flour
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
• 2 eggs
• ½ cup applesauce
• ½ cup vegetable oil
• ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 1/4 cups white sugar
• 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 3 cups grated zucchini
*You can make large loaves or purchase a cute little baby-loaf baking sheet, like I did!
Preheat your oven to 325°. In a large mixing bowl, with your hand mixer, whip the eggs to froth. Next, cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, the applesauce, and the vegetable oil, in with the eggs.
Pour your flour, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, in a separate mixing bowl. Sift and stir with a fork.
Using your hand mixer, or a whisk, begin adding small amounts of the dry ingredients into the wet. Now, add the grated zucchini and fold it into the batter. Line your baby-loaf pan, and pour each about ¾ of the way full. Save a few slivers of zucchini, to place atop each loaf— because its pretty! Place in the oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle. This zucchini bread is extremely moist, allow the loaves to cool for at least 30 minutes.
After the loaves have cooled, wrap each with plastic wrap. I placed my own touch on each loaf with a personalized label, and wrapped each with twine to attach a tag, both in the Folio style. These were a perfect addition to our new neighbors’ lunch potluck!
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