Lemon Zucchini Bread

A little sweet bread with a twist… lemon zucchini bread.


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How is your garden growing?  My garden is doing alright, I have tomatoes, herbs, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant (first time-I love the little purple flower), and zucchini. I always plant zucchini, then I feel like my garden is a success because zucchini always grows well, really, really well.

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I have to watch the zucchini daily because there will be a little tiny zucchini one day and the next there is this gigantic zucchini – how it grows so fast I have no idea.  And zucchini likes to hide too, they hide under the leaves and under the stems; maybe they don’t like to be picked.  If you happen to plant zucchini like I do and the plant has gotten a little carried away, making and baking zucchini bread is a prefect use of that over sized zucchini.  The other awesome thing about zucchini bread is there are so many options, regular zucchini bread, double chocolate zucchini bread and now lemon zucchini bread.  Enjoy your choices.

 

Lemon Zucchini Bread
 
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Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
For the Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 to 2 TBSP of half and half - as needed to thin glaze
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Flour and grease 1 9x5 loaf pan
  3. In a large bowl, blend together flour, baking powder and salt
  4. In another bowl, beat 2 eggs well
  5. Add to the eggs the oil and sugar and blend together well
  6. Add the buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon zest and blend together well
  7. Fold in the zucchini until well coated
  8. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and fold together until everything is well blended, but don't over-mix
  9. Pour the batter into your loaf pan, pat down the pan with a couple of soft thumps to your counter top to evenly distribute the batter
  10. Place in your oven and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
  11. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling
For the Glaze:
  1. In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and half and half. Adding only 1 to 2 TBS of lemon juice and/or half and half at a time to get the right consistency that you like.
  2. Mix together with a fork until all the sugar is thoroughly mixed and glaze is thin enough to spread
  3. Add half and half and/or lemon juice as needed for more to thin
  4. Drizzle over cooled loaf
  5. Let set, then slice and serve

 

Enjoy this delicious and moist lemony zucchini bread!

What is your favorite zucchini bread?

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36 Comments

  1. Can egg whites be subbed for eggs? And any vegetable oil or must it be canola?
    Thanks!

    1. Egg whites can be subbed for eggs, it just recommends you(Substitute 2 egg whites for each whole egg. This substitution may make baked goods less tender. To compensate, try adding 1 teaspoon of oil per egg called for in recipe.)

      And yes you can use vegetable oil instead of canola.

  2. I know Aimee has already seen my new feature Made It Loved It featuring this bread. Before I could even publicize it my son’s aide told me she had seen it and mentioned it to the Vice Principal and Librarian who now want me to e-mail them the link. :) Hope it sends some traffic your way, it was delicious.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing with others! You’re so kind Audrey!

    2. That is awesome. I am so glad you liked it and shared it. Thank you!

  3. I love bundt cakes/bread any thought on baking time to convert to a bundt pan ??

    1. Hi Cathy, I haven’t made this in a bundt pan, but my guess is you at least need to double the recipe for the right amount of batter to fit a bundt pan. I wouldn’t think it needs to bake for too much longer, I’d just watch it after 45-55 mins and see how long you think it will be after that – check it every few minutes with a toothpick. Sorry I dont know more closely how long it’ll take!

  4. I’m making this for my coworkers on Monday. Can this be frozen if I make too many loaves?

    1. I have always frozen sweet breads like zucchini or banana. I have not frozen this particular bread but I would guess you can. Let me know how it turns out.

  5. I am going to make this tonight! I can’t wait! I am going to add some poppy seeds to it as well!

  6. Most amazing recipe I ever made

    1. It delights me that you feel that way. I am so glad you like it.

  7. Can the recipe be doubled? Have zucchini coming out of me ears!

    1. Yes, you can most certainly double this and even triple it if you want. Just make sure you double everything. Use 2 or 3 loaf pans and it should work out just fine.

  8. Really enjoying this recipe! Yesterday I added finely chopped chocolate mint leaves and some white chocolate chips, and skipped the glaze (I love butter). Three loaves gone :)

    1. Whoa, that sounds amazing. I am definitely going to have to try it that way. My husband loves butter too on all breads.

  9. Mary Parker · · Reply

    A co-worker brought this to work today and it’s so good! I just HAD to make it. We’re waiting for it to cool now……thank you for sharing!

    1. Awesome, so glad you like it! What a great co-worker to share.

  10. I found the glaze very runny, and I didn’t add any half and half! I had a large lemon, but only used half of it (used the other half of the juice in the loaf). Perhaps a measured amount of lemon juice would be helpful for the glaze? Thanks!

    1. Sorry your glaze was too runny, I guess I am used to a smaller lemon and/or not being so exact. I can suggest using a tablespoon at a time to get the right consistency that you like. Thanks for the heads up.

  11. So glad you liked it and I am with you there never can be too much frosting.

  12. Christie Cannon · · Reply

    This was very yummy and delicious! Had a bit left over icing – haha but that was no problem :)

  13. CookieLady · · Reply

    This bread is delicious! Made it last night and the whole family loved it. My 12 year old couldn’t get enough. Said it was his favorite zucchini bread ever! Thank you for the delicious recipe. Definitely a keeper.

    1. So glad you guys loved it so much! Its one of our favorites too!

  14. I made this with yellow summer squash and it was very moist and tasty. I think I will add some vanilla next time, and or cinnamon & nutmeg like some other recipes I have found, for a more complex flavor.

    1. I would have never thought of using summer squash instead of zucchini. It looks like you have created a great recipe that sounds yummy.

  15. Stephanie Clark · · Reply

    Could you make this in a 9×13 pan also? Would you reduce the baking time or would you cook it the normal amount of time?

    1. Sorry, I didn’t respond to this sooner but I honestly don’t know.

  16. Lisa Jones · · Reply

    That’s what I meant to say, lol. I glazed again this morning and made it thicker with more sugar and less half and half. My son loved it!

    1. Haha. Awesome! I’m so glad!!

  17. Lisa Jones · · Reply

    I made this last night. My son loves the poundcake from Starbucks and I was hoping he might like this. It’s really yummy. The only change I would make is with the glaze. It seemed really runny so I would probably cut back on the sugar next time. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. I’m glad you liked it! However more sugar in your glaze will make it thicker, so you’ll actually want to cut back on the amount of half and half in your glaze if you want it thicker!

  18. This looks flippin delicious Aimee!

    1. Thanks, let us know what you think.

  19. This looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

    1. You bet. Did you get a chance to make it?

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