I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Zucchini Carrot Apple Bread

This is so moist and tasty.  It must be healthy with all the fruit and veggies in it, right?   I do love the orange glaze on top, but it's just as good without it.

(makes 2 loafs)

*1 cup butter, melted
*2 cups granulated sugar
*3 large eggs
*juice squeezed from one orange (about 1/3 cup)
*2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
*3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
*1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*2 cups shredded carrots
*1 cup shredded zucchini, seeds removed
*1 cup diced, peeled apples
*1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
*1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
*1/4 cup butter, softened
*1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*2-3 cups powdered sugar
*3 teaspoons orange juice
*1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel

~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Spray 2 loaf pans (8x4 inch) with cooking spray and then coat with flour.
~Place zucchini in a clean towel and squeeze any excess liquid from it.
~Place zucchini in a mesh strainer over a bowl and set aside.
~In a large mixing bowl, whisk together four, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
~In another mixing bowl, whisk together butter and sugar.
~Whisk in 1 egg at a time.
~Whisk in orange juice and vanilla.
~Fold flour mixture into egg mixture.
~Gently fold in carrots, zucchini, apples, and nuts.
~Pour into prepared loaf pans.
~Bake for 55-65 minutes, or until bread springs back when gently pressed with fingers.
~Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
~Remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
~In  a small bowl, cream butter, orange zest, cinnamon and cream cheese until mixed well.
~Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix in well.
~Drizzle in orange juice 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency.
~Drizzle over cooled bread.
~Allow for glaze to set before cutting bread.