When your garden blesses you with too much zucchini, or you want to ease your holiday baking burden by starting early, you turn to zucchini bread for a slightly sweet dessert bread that will delight your family. You may wonder, though, how to take all that zucchini from July and August and make it work through the holiday season.
Can you freeze zucchini bread for half a year? Will your family leave it alone for five months?
You can freeze zucchini bread in loaves or slices for 2-3 months. If your freezer can maintain 0 degrees Fahrenheit, you can store properly wrapped zucchini bread indefinitely. In either case, wrap the zucchini bread tightly in plastic wrap then again in heavy-duty foil, or place it in a heavy-duty freezer zip-top bag. Double wrapping the bread will help maintain the texture and flavor of this delicious treat.
Continue reading for specifics about storing zucchini and zucchini bread, as well as zucchini bread recipes that will delight your whole family.
- Preparing And Freezing Your Zucchini For Baked Goods
- Thawing Grated Zucchini
- Storing Zucchini Bread
- Freezing Zucchini Bread
- Thawing Zucchini Bread
- Top 3 Zucchini Bread Recipes
- Creative Zucchini Breads
- Concluding Thoughts
- Related Questions
- Related Guides
Preparing And Freezing Your Zucchini For Baked Goods
When you are thinking way ahead for your holiday baking, you might want to consider grating your zucchini and freezing it in pre-measured portions for your zucchini bread recipes. Peeling your zucchini is optional. If you like the dark green flecks in the bread, then keep the peel on. If you prefer it peeled, then peel it.
Slice your zucchini down the middle and remove the seeds. This part of the zucchini has the most moisture, and you will want to remove as much moisture as possible.
Next, grate it with a box grater or cheese grater. Squeeze out the excess water and measure 2 cups of grated zucchini into freezer bags. Squeeze out the air and lay the bags flat. Note the date on the bags. Frozen grated zucchini will remain good to use for up to 12 months.
Thawing Grated Zucchini
The best way to thaw your zucchini is to place the bags in the refrigerator until they thaw. If you need it more quickly, place the frozen bags into a bowl of cool water to expedite the thawing process.
Storing Zucchini Bread
Freshly baked zucchini bread will stay good in the pantry in a zip-top bag for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Freezing Zucchini Bread
You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months if you store it properly.
Store a whole loaf of zucchini bread in the freezer by wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap, then placing it in a heavy-duty freezer bag or wrapping it in a layer of aluminum foil. Be sure to write the date on your bread.
If you don’t expect to eat a whole loaf at a time, you can freeze a couple of slices at a time by following the same double-layer procedure.
Wrap Zucchini bread muffins in plastic wrap and place them in a large freezer bag. Muffins make an easy single-serve option without having to slice the bread and risk staleness.
Whether you freeze whole loaves or slices, zucchini bread will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months. It will still taste good after that, although the texture may begin to degrade.
If you have a freezer that can go as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit, you could keep the zucchini bread frozen for up to 6 months before noticing any textural changes.
Thawing Zucchini Bread
To defrost an entire loaf of zucchini bread, set it out on the counter, still in the plastic wrap until it thaws. A regular-sized loaf will take about 3 hours to defrost thoroughly. Be sure to eat it within 2 days if you keep it stored on the counter or in the pantry.
If you froze individual slices of bread, you can thaw them in the toaster, toaster oven, or microwave. Be sure to remove any foil or plastic wrap before placing the slices of bread in the toaster.
Top 3 Zucchini Bread Recipes
1. Easy Zucchini Bread
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease two 8×4 bread pans.
In a medium bowl, combine 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and one tablespoon of ground cinnamon in a bowl. Whisk together to distribute the dry ingredients evenly.
Next, combine 3 beaten eggs, 1 cup vegetable oil, 2 cups of sugar, and 3 teaspoons of vanilla in a large bowl and mix well.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients a little at a time, making sure that everything is completely mixed.
Finally, fold in 2 cups of grated zucchini that you have squeezed the water out of.
Divide the batter evenly into the two bread pans and bake for 45-55 minutes. Check to ensure it is entirely baked by inserting a knife or toothpick and seeing that it is clean when it comes out.
2. Healthier Zucchini Bread
If the previous recipe is a bit too much like dessert and you need a healthier option, you can make some simple changes that will still yield a delicious zucchini bread treat with a healthier flair.
First, use only 1 cup or even ½ cup of sugar instead of 2 cups. Next, instead of using one cup of vegetable oil, use ½ cup of oil plus ½ a cup of unsweetened apple sauce. You can also use whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose flour. These simple substitutions will make a healthier zucchini bread option.
3. Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread
You can make this gluten-free recipe with dairy or as a dairy-free option. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease two bread pans.
Start by combining 4 cups of all-purpose gluten-free flour, ½ tsp xanthan gum (unless your flour blend already includes it), 2 teaspoons of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of salt, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 2 teaspoons of allspice. Whisk these dry ingredients until they are well combined.
In a large bowl, combine 1 ½ stick of melted butter, 2 ½ cups of sugar, 4 eggs, beaten, ½ cup of vanilla yogurt, and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in 3 sections. Then gently fold in 3 cups of grated zucchini.
Divide the batter equally between the two bread pans and bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
You can make this recipe dairy-free by substituting 3/4 cup of oil for the butter and using non-dairy yogurt instead of regular yogurt.
Creative Zucchini Breads
Start with the easy zucchini bread recipe and get creative with some of these options for making new flavors.
Stir In 1 Cup Of Add-Ins
You can incorporate any number of add-ins to your easy zucchini bread recipe to mix it up. Use up to one cup of an add-in to change up the recipe. Try chopped walnuts or pecans for a nutty banana bread-like texture.
Semi-sweet chocolate chips may make the zucchini bread a bit more appealing to the kids. Try adding some dried fruits like golden raisins, chopped apricots, or shredded coconut for natural sweetness.
Change The Spices
Cinnamon and allspice are the typical choices for zucchini bread, but you can create a different flavor profile with some minor changes. Start your experimenting with one teaspoon of spices total and then increase for more robust flavors.
Try cardamom instead of cinnamon or mix cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger for a bread that is reminiscent of chai. For other flavors, try nutmeg, cloves, poppy seeds, and anise.
Serve With Something Other Than Butter
Butter is an obvious and delicious choice for topping zucchini bread, but try other toppings to add variety to your zucchini bread adventures.
Cream Cheese is another easy choice to top your zucchini bread. However, if you prefer a sweeter topping, make a cream cheese frosting to top your muffins. Set out ½ cup of butter and 8 oz of cream cheese until they come to room temperature.
Then using your countertop or hand mixer, combine the butter, cream cheese, 4 cups of powdered sugar, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract until it is smooth and fluffy. Cream cheese is healthy, right?
Try topping your slice of zucchini bread with a scoop of mascarpone cheese. This soft, mild-flavored cheese will add some richness and protein to your breakfast bread.
Extravagant Zucchini Bread French Toast
Make French toast with slices of your zucchini bread. If your zucchini bread has gotten a little stale, use it to make french toast. In a flat pan (like a pie pan), mix up 1 cup of milk, 3 eggs, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of bourbon, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.
Slice your zucchini bread into ½ inch to 1-inch slices. Heat a skillet and melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Then working with only 2 slices at a time, soak the bread for 20 seconds on each side and toast in the skillet. Serve with whipped cream and strawberries.
When you are preparing your holiday baking, or just baking because you love zucchini bread, you can use up all your zucchini from the garden and freeze the bread.
Whether you make loaves or muffins, wrap the bread in plastic wrap, then place it inside a heavy-duty freezer bag with the date on it. This double wrapping will keep your zucchini bread fresh-tasting for up to 3 months.
Another choice is just to freeze the zucchini to use later. Save the grated zucchini in 2 cup portions so that it is already measured and ready to use when you thaw it out.
Feel free to be creative with your zucchini bread recipe by adding nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate chips for some variety. Top it with cream cheese, mascarpone, or cream cheese frosting for some fun serving variety.
With all of these fun and delicious recipes, you will be lucky if you have enough zucchini bread left to freeze!
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