Thursday, May 14, 2009

Zucchini-Oatmeal Bread

1-1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups shredded zucchini (unpeeled)
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup raisins (plumped)

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9x5x3 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. Combine 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 tablespoon sugar and set aside. Combine dry ingredients (except sugar and nuts) and set aside. Break eggs into a large mixing bowl and beat with electric mixer until foamy. Add remaining sugar, applesauce, vegetable oil and vanilla; blend well. Add flour mixture gradually; mix briefly on low speed to combine after each addition. Stir in zucchini, walnuts, and raisins by hand. Spoon into prepared pan and sprinkle reserved cinnamon/sugar mixture over top. Bake about 80 minutes or until loaf tests done. Cool in pan on wire rack for ten minutes; remove from pan to finish cooling. 

See the sidebar for directions on plumping the raisins.

Another great Easy Recipe

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There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)