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Grandma’s Zucchini Bread

zucchini bread slices

One item that has become an annual staple is zucchini bread, made from a recipe handed down by Heidi’s grandmother. It’s excellent when it comes from the oven, but it can be frozen and enjoyed weeks later.  The wait for the long and dark green zucchini is definitely worth it – as is this recipe!

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Results of His Labor

A garden is one of life’s little pleasures, one that I had learned to love at an early age. I watched, curious, as my dad drove the garden pitchfork into the dull, gray soil and lifted out a huge chunk of earth. Turning it over and throwing it just ahead of the freshly spaded row, the soil magically turned a deep chocolate color, and giant night-crawlers wriggled out of holes in the clods of dirt. It was an annual rite of spring that my dad performed every year.

The sweat ran off his brow in a steady stream as he turned over the entire patch of ground. It wasn’t large by any standard, but my dad got the garden ready every year in machine-like fashion, stopping for a single beer only when he was totally finished. The results of his labor were the luscious tomatoes for soups and salads, sweet green beans, crunchy radishes, and mild onions, along with a few potatoes when my mom would ask for some.

One of the unfortunate things about getting older is that time for things like spading a garden gets harder to come by, and the increased responsibilities of one’s job take their toll as well. My father succumbed to a heart attack at an early age, but he left me an incredible legacy. Part of that legacy was the joy I now have, of turning over the soil every spring and prepping the earth for my own garden.

Heidi and I now look forward to a garden full of fresh flavors every year. The tomatoes we grow make excellent juice, sauce, and catsup. The onions, radishes and green beans are still part of the seasonal plantings. But we have also started growing zucchini, something that lends itself to myriad dishes, including zucchini frittata and zucchini bread!


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup oil (corn or peanut)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups zucchini (grated with peel) remove seeds from large zucchini
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda in 1 tsp boiling water
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I prefer Ghiradelli brand)
  • Raisins or chopped dates (optional)


The best and fastest way to grate zucchini is with a Kitchen Aid with grater attachment. Obviously though, the old-fashioned hand shredder will always suffice.

grated zucchini

Mix all ingredients well except the nuts, chips, and raisins until well blended. Fold in the nuts, chocolate chips and raisins, if desired. Place blended mix into 2 loaf pans, and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

zucchini slices

Check with a toothpick for doneness. Remove the loaves from the pans and set on cooling rack. When (mostly) cool, slice and enjoy. By the way, the finished bread also freezes well!
As always, I hope to see you On the Lake! rk

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R. Karl

Angler, Author & Epicure

Fishing since the age of eight.  Seriously writing since the age of 16. Chef and foodie from the age of 22 years… and counting. So much to learn and so little time. I have enjoyed every minute of it all.  Whether on the water (where I like it best), in the kitchen, or at the keyboard, churning out content, I feel like I have found my place.  I am sharing it with you in the hope that some of what I love to do will rub off on you. I hope to see you On the Lake!

R. Karl