Friday, December 3, 2010

Prize Winning Cranberry Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

A festive loaf everyone will love this holiday season!






These smell so good cooking~!
Disposable loaf pans are perfect for giveaways, tree pan can be found at any local dollar stores great to bring for holiday parties or you can use regular size loaf pans.
 This is a very old recipe from back in the 80's. I actually won a ribbon at a fair in Upstate NY one year. I entered  in a  quick bread baking contest and this won first prize...hope you like this one too... they make great gifts for family or co-workers, this bread is so festive looking when you cut it!

Of course look who has to get into the Christmas spirit here, our boy Fonzo! ( we call him Fonzo Bear so I guess he blends right in trying to fit in with the crowd!)

Cranberry Zucchini Chocolate Chip Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) as shown
1 cup chocolate chips (optional) as shown

DIRECTIONS In a large bowl or heavy mixer (such as Kitchenaide), combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, beat eggs, add zucchini, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until blended. Fold in the cranberries, chocolate chips and walnuts.

Pour into two heavilly greased and floured 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans or various shaped pans I prefer to use disposable ones, they freeze better and much easier, and lightly spray with oil first.  I also line my pans with parchment  paper on the  bottom of christmas trees or non disposable loaf pans, so to ensure easy removal.  Bake at 350 degrees  for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. These freeze nicely!



21 comments:

Kathy Gori said...

Looks great Claudia!

valerioscialla said...

what a beatiful cake claudia. Fantastic for christmas dinner.

Dinetonite said...

looking great

Joanne said...

That sweet bread looks so good. I really like the tree pan.

Claudia said...

I love that you on a ribbon for this. I actually have froen shredded zucchini from the summer for quick breads in the winter. The presentation is so festive and really loving your Christmas cat!

Belinda @zomppa said...

Thanks for being so generous with this winner!!

Pam said...

Claudia, it looks fantastic and sounds delicious! Love that tree mold! Thanks for the recipe.

whozyerdanny said...

A ribbon and 3 gold stars from me, fabulous!

Torviewtoronto said...

so many flavours lovely shapes you have made looks wonderful

Angela FRS said...

Looks delicious--I just gave you a blog award, if you are so inclined to pick it up:

http://foodieroadshow.blogspot.com/2010/12/black-walnut-honey-plus-awards.html

Bridgett said...

I love how the zucchini keeps the bread ultra moist. I can see why this was a winner.

Victor said...

This sure looks like a prize winning bread. Thanks for sharing!

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

Delicious and definitively a winner bread - cranberry + chocolate always are great together :)

All the best,

Gera

Reeni said...

Such a beautiful kitty! And a delicious bread! Love everything in it.

Pacheco Patty said...

These look fantastic, I love the tree pan. You've included many of my favorite ingredients here and I felt like I could smell them coming out of the oven, I have a good imagination and they look perfect, yum;)

Suzanne said...

looks yummy Claudia, great combo of flavors :)

Lea Ann said...

Doesn't this look wonderful! Another bookmarked. I love that Christmas Tree Pan.

alison said...

beautiful sweet bread and full of flavors!

The Mom Chef said...

That's beautiful. No wonder it won a prize. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Diana's Cocina said...

What a cute kitty! This bread sounds divine.

redkathy said...

Wish I had some zucchini in the fridge, I'd make this right now. I'm serious, it looks soooo good I can see why you won first place. BTW- I never got to tell you the family loved your scones, even the little ones!