Spiced Zucchini Bread
Though we call this a bread, it抯 really more of a spice cake that uses grated fresh zucchini as a surprise ingredient. Serve it warm for breakfast, with cream cheese or butter and honey.
1. Preheat the oven to 325癋, and grease two 8 1/2-inch loaf pans.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs until foamy. Add the vegetable oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla extract and mix well. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and baking powder, and mix until well blended. Stir in the nuts. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared loaf pans, and tap them gently on the counter to release any air bubbles.
3. Bake until the loaves have risen and are golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Allow the bread to cool in the pans for 5 minutes; then turn the loaves out onto wire racks to cool.
4. Serve the bread warm, sliced and spread with cream cheese if desired.
Yield: 2 loaves
Note: This bread is also great at room temperature or toasted, and it freezes well.