Summer on Amish farms in the Midwest mean a couple of things: fresh, plump, and plentiful tomatoes, bare feet, juicy watermelon, outdoor pinics, and zucchini. Plenty of zucchini.
Some of these zucchini morph into monsters, huge baseball bat-sized fat fingers of green. But these versatile vegetables that are so plentiful in Amish gardens can be sliced and shredded into just about anything: omelets, casseroles, stews, soups, and pounded and pureed into jams. And, of course, one of the all time favorites is a moist, easy, delicious zucchini bread.
Nothing better than slathering a delicious slice of zucchini bread with cream cheese or warm butter. The bread is often made with zucchini fresh out of the garden.
The Amish and Zucchini
Zucchini is a relatively easy vegetable to grow and is a popular crop in Amish gardens. It is a good source of vitamins A and C, and can be used in a variety of dishes, such as zucchini bread, zucchini fritters, and zucchini soup. I've enjoyed zucchini soup on many Amish farms.
Here are some reasons why the Amish grow zucchini:
- It is a relatively easy vegetable to grow. Zucchini is a warm-season crop that can be grown in most parts of the United States. It is not very demanding in terms of soil or water, and can be grown in a variety of planting methods.
- It is a versatile vegetable. Zucchini can be eaten raw, cooked, or pickled. It can be used in a variety of dishes, from salads to main courses. And nothing better than a good zucchini relish!
- It is a prolific producer. Zucchini plants can produce a lotin a short period of time. This makes them a good choice for small gardens, as they can provide a lot of food with a relatively small amount of space.
- It is a good source of nutrients. Zucchini is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. These nutrients are important for maintaining good health.
If you have a chance to stop at an Amish produce stand this summer or fall, be sure to buy some of their amazing homegrown zucchini.
Step-By-Step Amish Zucchini Bread
Of course, begin with the best zucchini you can get your hands on for this delicious Amish zucchini bread recipe.
Of course, you want to use high-quality of ingredients for everything. Ideally, you'd use farm fresh eggs.
Add your wet ingredients, dry ingredients, and shredded zucchini all toigether at once. You want to use a large mixing bowl. And, yes, you can add nuts to this recipe - walnuts or pecans - if you like a little crunch in your bread. I'm fine without it. You could also add some chocolate chips.
You can use a mixer to combine the ingredients or just an old-fashioned wooden spoon.
Stick it into the oven. Amish zucchini breadd is a delicious quick bread! You could also spoon the batter into muffin tins and make zucchini bread muffins. The bread is done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
Once the bread has cooled to room temperature, store in a an airtight container on the counter or cover with plastic wrap in the pan. Foil is fine too, but put it on tightly to keep air from drying out the bread. You can also freeze the Amish Zucchini bread, just remove from freezer when you are ready, thaw, and enjoy!
As far as a quick bread recipe, this is about as easy as it gets!
🥒 More Amish Zucchini Recipes
Zucchini Casserole - Delicious!
Zucchini Pecan Bread - Wow!
Zucchini Pie - A good pie!
Zucchini Cake - Moist!
🖨️ Full Recipe
Amish Zucchini Bread
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups grated zucchini·
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder·
- 1 teaspoon salt·
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 cups flour
- Grease two bread-sized loaf pans
- Preheat oven to 350
- Grate zucchini
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well.
- Dived batter between two pans.
- then bake for 1 hour or 1½ hours untiltoothpick comes out clean. Usually 1 hour.