Earlier this week I pulled eight, 2 and 1/2 cup
containers of shredded zucchini out of the deep freezer.
In the fridge they went and today I got busy.
I thought I had everything I needed for zucchini bread,
plenty of zucchini, flour, eggs, oil, sugar, nuts
and all the spices.
Since I was making 8 batches I needed 2 dozen eggs,
24 cups of flour and a multitude of other things.
I was short 3 eggs, okay, so this bread would
just be low cholesterol, we would manage.
Then I went to measure out my vegetable oil.
I was short! So I had some olive oil handy
and I have added that in baking before, it would work.
I found a new bottle of grape seed oil,
the bottle said it could be used in baking so I dumped
the entire contents in the measuring cup.
STILL NOT ENOUGH!
Needed 2 more cups!
Now how could this be, I was so sure I had everything I needed!
So I run in here and google up peanut oil for baking,
and yes, people do use it for baking and
so I grab the container and fill up the remainder of my
measuring cup with the peanut oil.
In the back of my mind I am thinking all this work, and 4 different kinds of oils and will this bread even taste good?
Because of the sheer size of this multiple batch I don't use
just any old mixing bowl, I use this and it weighs a ton.
I bought it, and the 2 smaller sister bowls, at a party years ago.
The woman who gave the party said this bowl is big enough to bath a baby in, and that is correct, it is that big.
And to give you an idea just how big it is I put a fork
up against it. It is heavy to lift and a monster to hand wash
because it is too big and too heavy for the dishwasher.
It took 2 hours of measuring, sifting and mixing. A batch of bread takes 50 minutes to bake at 350 degrees,
but because I loaded the bread pans with dough
and put 4 pans in the oven it took an extra 40 minutes.
I filled up 2 big muffin pans and a 9x13 pan as well.
After everything cooled I grabbed a muffin and gave it a taste test.
Despite the 3 missing eggs and my using a mix of
vegetable, olive, grape seed and peanut oil the recipe
is a hit again. I have had this recipe since the early 70's and
it is a family favorite. I believe I read somewhere if you want to use less oil you can substitute applesauce?
That would have been my last resort.
I will give a couple loaves to family and some muffins to friends. The rest will be wrapped and into the freezer.
It is always so nice to have something handy to have with coffee when company comes.
The house has smelled good all day.
And tomorrow I will frost this bread that I made into a cake.
Anyone who still wants to get in on my
100th Follower Giveaway still has until this
Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.
Time is running short so go to my previous post for the
details and comment on that post.
Also remember that more items are to be added to
the 9 that I have pics of.
Hope you participate. Good Luck!