Zucchini Behemoth

Recipes

Normally I open with some thoughts and then enter a photo or two to help further support my idea…but I felt that opening with this photo would actually work out better.  Notice the smaller zucchini in the back?  That is a beautiful normal sized squash from our local produce supplier. The rather LARGE one in front…well that was home-grown!

So, Lexie walks in this morning and hands me this GINOURMOUS vegetable like it’s nothing.  I immediately have her grab the regular zucchini from the kitchen so I can compare its size… see picture first, enough said.

Once I got over the initial excitement of it all, I had to weigh it!  I mean look at this thing.  Its length must be over 18″ (I don’t have an exact measurement because my ruler seems to have relocated itself) and when I took it to the scale it weighed off!!  Our professional opinion is, “it’s a ten pounder…at least!”

So, what does one do with a squash this size?  ZUCCHINI BREAD!!  Below you will find my favorite recipe… I just wonder how many loaves this thing will make??

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 lemon zest

1 egg, beaten

1 cup sugar

1 cup finely shredded, unpeeled zucchini …  WHO WANTS TO PLACE BETS ON HOW MANY CUPS THIS THING CAN PRODUCE??

1/4 cup cooking oil

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted

directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom and 12 inch up sides of an 8x4x2-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a medium bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

2. In another medium bowl combine egg, sugar, shredded zucchini, lemon zest and oil. Add zucchini mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in nuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan.

I’ll let you know how the shredding of a 1o pound zucchini goes!

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