I don't really eat zucchini bread frequently. It's not really my thing, I've always found it to be "blah". In fact, the last time I can recall eating zucchini bread, I was with my family at this place in New Jersey called "The Pub". They had really good zucchini bread but again, it just wasn't really my stitch. Fast forward, I met a really cool lady on Instagram recently named Gia (@houseshoehostess), who has coined herself as my "instagram mother". We bonded over our cooking styles, recipes, memes, and of course - food! One day, she was telling me that she learned to cook from her grandmother and that her grandmother would make the most delicious zucchini bread. She asked if I could try to recreate this bread. Having never had her grandmother's cooking, nor really being a fan of zucchini bread, I of course accepted the challenge. With that came a long line of questioning - "What did it taste like?", "Did she add coconut and chocolate to it?", "Were there nuts in her recipe?", "What about ginger and cinnamon, etc?" - we must have talked about this cake for a good 20 minutes.
My first attempt at making a zucchini bread that I thought was good came out to be just OK. I topped it with salted honey and walnuts - it was good ... but just good, not great. So I decided to hold off on posting it. Today, another person commented on the picture that I posted of my first attempt asking me for the recipe and frankly... I don't remember what I did the first time so I started from scratch again - however, this time, I wanted it to be perfect. One thing that I do remember from my first attempt is that it was too much ginger and cinnamon, so I decided to lessen the spices and swap the honey for maple syrup.
As you know, I received a package from Runamok Maple last weekend and one of the maple syrup flavors that I LOVED was the cinnamon and vanilla maple syrup. My entire family enjoyed this flavor when they were visiting last weekend, it was unanimous. So I decided to use what was left of the maple syrup in this recipe - 3 tbsps to be exact - which truly added to the richness of the bread. When all was said and done, the zucchini bread had a lovely crunch to the outer shell and was super moist and dense on the inside. This recipe is ideal with a cup of coffee and a bit of butter and/or jelly ... or simply by itself. Gigi, I hope that this recipe tastes like your Grandmother's! It is exactly as you described and I cannot wait for you to try this!
2 cups flour, sifted
½ tsp fresh nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup coconut oil
1 ½ sticks of butter
½ cup whole milk
3 tbsps Runamok Cinnamon and Vanilla Maple Syrup
2 tbsps sour cream
1 ½ cup shredded zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)
½ cup walnuts, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk - flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, sugar, and brown sugar.
- In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients - eggs, vanilla extract, maple syrup, coconut oil, butter, milk, and sour cream.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold them together with a rubber/silicone spatula. Once all of the ingredients are mixed and batter is smooth, add in shredded zucchini and nuts.
- Coat a 9x5 pan with oil and flour and add batter to the pan. Cook for about 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Eat 🙂