LEMON POPPY SEED ZUCCHINI BREAD — This delightful poppy seed loaf, with a hint of lemon flavor, is a great way to use up all that garden fresh zucchini.
It’s that time of year when zucchini is abundant, and all your friends with gardens are trying to give away their surplus zucchini.
You’re going to want to take them up on that offer, so you can make this delicious Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread!
I’m a huge fan of anything lemon and poppy seed flavored, and I love zucchini bread of any kind, so I knew I was going to love these tasty little loaves. And, like most quick breads, this is so easy to make!
My husband has some kind of weird aversion to zucchini. I mean, I can understand not liking it as a vegetable, but he usually refuses to eat it, even in baked goods.
Let’s be honest, it’s not like you taste the zucchini in baked goods–but he says he can. Well, not only did he eat this bread, he commented on how good it was.
I like making smaller loaves so I can share with friends and neighbors, but you could certainly use full size loaf pans, if you prefer. You’ll just need to increase the bake time.
I don’t bother peeling my zucchini before I shred it, but if you’d rather not have little fleck of green in your bread, feel free to peel your zucchini first.
We just moved into a new house this summer, so I don’t have a yard right now, let alone a garden. So I’ll definitely be taking my friends up on offers for free zucchini this year!
My family and I really loved this bread for breakfast, but I have to admit, I found myself snacking on it all day long!
I really can’t wait for more friends to share zucchini, because I can’t wait to make this Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread again!
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Tips for Choosing and Storing Zucchini
Appearance: Look for skin should be dark green, smooth and free of blemishes. In addition, the skin should be slightly prickly and shiny. A moist stem end is also a good indicator of freshness.
Size: Look for zucchini that’s not too big (about 6 to 8-inches long) and still relatively thin. The zucchini should feel heavy for its size.
Storing: Don’t wash or cut zucchini until you’re ready to use it. Keep it in a perforated or loosely closed plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper drawer for up to one week.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread
- Stand Mixer
- Mini Loaf Pans
- Mandoline and Grater
- Citrus Zester
- Measuring cups and spoons
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- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Sour cream
- Produce: zucchini, lemons
- Poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup shredded zucchini
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 3 5x3 inch mini loaf pans.
- Beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until just blended after each addition.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
- Stir in the zucchini, lemon zest and poppy seeds.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes, then remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g
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