A few years back after growing an abundance of zucchini in my garden, I came up with the idea of a harvest bread. It’s a spin on traditional zucchini bread, but I incorporated carrots and applesauce. This year, I didn’t grow zucchini, but I did find some at Main & Vine, so I decided to recreate the recipe and share it with you today!
While I’m making it as a loaf, you could also modify it as muffins and even double batch and freeze!
What I love about this recipe is that it’s sweet and delicious, but sneaks in some of the good stuff. I started with a trip to Main & Vine where I picked up some organic zucchini and carrots for the base.
Here’s everything else you’ll need:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup applesauce (prepared or homemade)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla (I used homemade)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup shredded zucchini
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
Start by heating your oven to 350°.
Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
Next, mix the butter and sugars until blended.
Mix in the eggs one at a time, and then add the applesauce and vanilla.
Next, slowly add in the zucchini and carrots.
Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients to your batter and add the dried cranberries or raisins, if desired.
It’s almost time to get this thing cooking! Gently pour into a lightly-sprayed bread pan or muffin tin. Cooking times are going to vary here – it could take anywhere between 40-60 minutes depending on your oven. In general, I check mine after about 45 minutes and every 5 minutes thereafter. If making muffins, I’d start checking about 35 minutes into baking. When a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean, you’ll know it’s done.
Now what to top with? I had such fun shopping at Main & Vine because they offer a variety of local products. I found many delicious jams, jellies and honeys that would work with my harvest bread!
In the end, I decided on a Pear Hazelnut Fruit Pate from Oregon Growers. It was delicious together!
If you’re looking for a spin on zucchini bread, or tired of always making banana bread – I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. I also hope you’ll take the time to visit Main & Vine in Gig Harbor. Check out my post about this unique store to learn more of what you’ll find!
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