...and as if my dearest husband doesn't do enough, he found a great recipe at allrecipes.com for pineapple zucchini bread that is to die for. After some slight modifications, we both feel like this is the bread zucchini bread we have every had the privilege of tasting. Since we have a large family, one recipe of any particular food isn't ever enough, so I usually double it, but since John is super-efficient, he quadrupled it. Here is what a quadruple batch made...
Five full-size loaf pans...
...and 5 cakes-in-a-jar
Cakes in jar are so fun because guess what? They allegedly stay fresh for up to a year (at our house they've never lasted that long) so you can always have fresh cake when guests arrive! Here's how you do it...
Step 1: Sterilize a number of wide-mouth jar lids and rings.
Step 2: Grease a number of wide-mouth pint jars...
Step 3: Mix up a batch of cake or sweet bread. (See recipe below.)
Step 4: Fill jars up half full with mixture...
Step 5: Bake at directed temperature, checking with a toothpick frequently, as cooking time could vary.
Step 6: Immediately upon removing from the oven, tightly screw on the lids and rings and leave out on the counter to seal. You should hear popping sounds as the lids seal, just as if you were bottling fruits or vegetables...
Step 7: When you are ready to use these cakes, just dump the cake out onto a plate. If the cake needs frosting, frost at this time. If not, slice and drizzle with icing if needed. Note: Sometimes you'll need to run a knife around the edge of the jar to get the cake out, but it should still look good on the plate.
Here's the recipe we used for the jar cakes. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Zucchini Pineapple Bread
3 eggs, beaten (or , if you're a vegan, 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 9 tablespoons water)
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups grated zucchini
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
In a large bowl mix together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil and zucchini.
In a separate bowl mix together the flour, soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to the zucchini batter and mix well. Stir in raisins, nuts, and pineapple until just blended. Pour into 2-9x5x3 inch loaf pans.
Bake in a preheated 325 degree F (165 degrees C) for one hour, or until browned.
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