• Great Grandma Madeline’s Zucchini Bread

    For the last several years I have been trying out different zucchini bread recipes and not having a lot of luck. I had used the same recipe for years and years but couldn’t find it and figured I had somehow lost it along the way. I went through my family recipe books but still hadn’t found what I was looking for.

    After yet another Pinterest baking fail, I turned to my friends and fam on Facebook and sent a shout out for a good, tried and true, old-fashioned, no frills, basic zucchini bread recipe. My cousin responded and told me she always used our grandma’s recipe from the old family cookbook. I was so confused because I had searched the book and not seen a single zucchini bread recipe. She sent me a photo of the recipe with the page number in her book. Lo and behold, when I went back to my old tattered book I found two pages stuck together, hiding Grandma’s recipe between them.

    My great grandmother's zucchini bread recipe | Gypsy Magpie

    Hallelujah!

    There it was, the recipe I had used all those years, hiding right under my nose. To make sure that I never lose Great Grandma Madeline’s recipe again, I’m posting it here on the blog. I get pretty self-conscious when it comes to food photography so I don’t share many recipes here even though I love to cook. I’ve been working on my photo taking and styling skills in a course I am taking from Ashley Ann Photography so hopefully, my photos are slowly getting better and looking a little tastier!

    If not, don’t judge the bread from the pics. It’s a good recipe, I swear!

    This zucchini bread recipe has been in my family for generations. It's simple, old-fashioned, and delicious. | Gypsy Magpie

    Great Grandma Madeline’s Zucchini Bread

    This recipe makes no fuss, basic zucchini bread. I’m a bit of a zucchini bread purist. I know it’s the Utah way but, I don’t love added chocolate chips. I just want cinnamony zucchini goodness. That being said, it’s easy to doctor this bread up. If you love chocolate chips, reduce the cinnamon and sprinkle in the chocolate. Like nuts? Add them. Hate nuts? Leave them out. Want a streusel topping, mix up some flour and sugar then cut in a bit of butter to make it crumbly then sprinkle that on top of the uncooked batter just before baking. Or, make a glaze from powdered sugar and milk to drizzle over once it has baked.

    When you have a great basic recipe, you can use it dozens of different ways.

    Great Grandma Madeline's old fashioned zucchini bread | Gypsy Magpie

    My great grandma's old fashioned zucchini bread. Love this recipe! | Gypsy Magpie
    Great Grandma Madeline's Zucchini Bread
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    A delicious basic, tried and true, old-fashioned quick bread recipe loaded with zucchini and sure to please.
    Servings Prep Time
    2 loaves 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    1 hour
    Servings Prep Time
    2 loaves 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    1 hour
    My great grandma's old fashioned zucchini bread. Love this recipe! | Gypsy Magpie
    Great Grandma Madeline's Zucchini Bread
    Print Recipe
    A delicious basic, tried and true, old-fashioned quick bread recipe loaded with zucchini and sure to please.
    Servings Prep Time
    2 loaves 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    1 hour
    Servings Prep Time
    2 loaves 10 minutes
    Cook Time
    1 hour
    Ingredients
    Servings: loaves
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 325°.
    2. Grease two loaf pans.
    3. In a large bowl or mixer, beat eggs until light and foamy.
    4. Add oil, sugar, grated zucchini, and vanilla. Mix lightly, but well.
    5. Add flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, and baking powder. Mix until blended.
    6. Divide batter, pouring half into each greased loaf pan.
    7. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until done.
    Recipe Notes

    Tips for this recipe:

    • Drain the shredded zucchini in a colander while you grease the pans and start the recipe. This will remove any extra moisture and will prevent the bread from being soupy inside.
    • Grease the pans well.
    • Put your oven rack just under the middle so the bread is evenly situated in the oven. This will help prevent the top or bottom from burning and should give a nice browned crust all the way around the bread.
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    Old fashioned zucchini bread just like Grandma used to make | Gypsy Magpie

    Family History:

    Madeline Losser Anderson was one of the best cooks in Utah County. Grandma loved to feed people. She was a gracious host and always made sure you left her presence with a full belly. It was one of her very special talents. Though I was only 4 when I lived with her, and she was ill with cancer, I remember vividly helping her haul food and veggies to our needy neighbors. She served people willingly, with all her heart. I remember laying under her quilts on the frame and passing the needles and thread back up. I also remember sitting on her front grass sobbing my little eyes out the day that she passed.

    My great grandma's recipe for zucchini bread. This is a keeper. | Gypsy Magpie

    We were kindred spirits, Grandma and me. I’ve always strived to be someone she would be proud of. And now I cry. But, I guess that’s a sign of a life well lived. When the memory is so sweet it brings happy tears to your eyes.

    No, Grandma’s bread isn’t fancy and it won’t win any baking awards. It’s simple and belly filling, just like the woman who used to make it for her rambunctious little stink all those years ago.

    Hope you enjoy.

    My great grandma's old fashioned zucchini bread. Love this recipe! | Gypsy Magpie

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