I have always thought of zuchini bread as a fall food, so I've been holding on to this recipe. My mother told me the other day, however, that zuchini season is almost over. I guess living in central Oregon keeps me a little out of touch with "normal" growing seasons. This is basically the same recipe as my banana bread. It is gluten free, egg free, dairy free, and nut free. As bread goes it is a little sweet (maybe more like a snack cake)...but how else am I going to get these kids of mine to eat zuchini? ;)
½ c Brown rice flour ½ c Sorghum flour ½ c Potato starch ¼ c Tapioca starch 2 t Baking powder ½ t Salt 1 t Cinnamon 1 t Xanthan gum 1/3 c Dairy free margarine, softened (or Spectrum shortening) 3/4 c Brown sugar 1 T EnerG egg replacer mixed with ¼ c warm water (equal to 2 eggs) 1 c Grated zucchini ½ c Mashed pears (baby food works great, so does applesauce if you don’t have pears on hand) 1 t Vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8”x4” loaf pan. Measure all of the dry ingredients (the first 9 ingredients) into a bowl and blend well with a whisk. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl cream together margarine and brown sugar. Add prepared egg replacer, zucchini, pears, and vanilla. Mix to combine. Slowly stir in dry ingredients, scraping down sides of bowl, until fully incorporated. Beat on medium speed for another minute.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan and smooth the top if needed ( a metal spoon dipped in water will smooth it without sticking to it). Bake for one hour or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with crumbs instead of goop.
Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and continue to cool on a rack.
You will need to cool this bread pretty thoroughly before you slice it, but of course you do have to try a piece slightly warm with melted margarine on it. As for the rest of the loaf (if any makes it to the next day), it is moist and sweet and delicious cold and straight out of the bag the next day and for several days after.