Ultra moist, Cheesy Zucchini Bread that’s out-of-this-world delicious!! With a hint of garlic flavour and plenty of cheesy pops, this is a zucchini bread that’s so tasty and moist it can be eaten plain – though a pat of butter never hurts!
Cheesy Zucchini Bread
I want to tell you that this is a special recipe I made for Australia Day, which is today, Friday 26th January 2018. Being that as I started writing this post, it dawned on me that this Cheesy Zucchini Bread is green and gold which are our national colours.
But alas, I must confess, it is by sheer co-incidence that I happen to be sharing a green and gold recipe on Australia Day. Though actually, regular readers will probably point out that the odds of me sharing something gold on a Friday (the colour of so many things cheesy / creamy / buttery / cakey) are actually quite high.
And being that I do make an attempt to take nice photos despite how yellow (or brown) my foods are, I inevitably add a little sprinkle of some kind of greenage – parsley or the like – in an effort to break up all that yellowness.
So actually, the chances of me sharing something gold and green were quite high, Australia Day or not. 😂
All this is a round about way of saying that even though I didn’t make this especially, isn’t it nice that this Zucchini Bread looks in the spirit of Australia Day??
Quick and easy Zucchini Bread
The zucchini in this quick bread (aptly named as such because it’s made without yeast, so it’s quick to make), serves a double purpose. Subtle zucchini flavour plus it makes this bread incredibly moist.
Actually, it serves a triple purpose. Because it’s hidden veggies!!! I use 2 jam packed cups of shredded zucchini (2 medium-large ones). It looks like an enormous mound when you first grate it and you’ll probably be doubting me, but have faith. Once it’s salted then squeezed of excess liquid, it looks like a much more respectable amount. 🙂
I like to layer slices of cheese in the zucchini bread so you can actually see it, plus you get better pops of cheesy flavour compared to just stirring through grated cheese which seems to dissipate into nothingness. The mystery of the disappearing cheese…
Plus, I think it looks good too. 🙂 Inside and the top – it’s almost inevitable that some of the cheese will burst through the surface.
And I especially love how you get strings of cheese in some of the slices. It looks and tastes so good!!!
I promised moist and moist you shall get. You do NOT need butter to scoff down a slice of this zucchini bread, and in fact, if you slather too much butter on, as I did when I was shooting the video, it weighs down the bread and makes it too soggy.
True story. Never had that problem with a quick bread before.
I think this recipe is ideal for muffins too, because that’s essentially what quick breads are – muffins baked in loaf pans.
Happy weekend! Baking plans on your agenda?? Remember – this is in the spirit of Australia Day! – Nagi xx
More zucchini recipes
Healthy Cream of Vegetable Soup (Zucchinis are the secret ingredient for ultra low cal creamy white soup!)
Zucchini Tian (French Rice Bake)
WATCH HOW TO MAKE IT
Cheesy Zucchini Bread
Zucchini and Cheese:
- 2 cups grated zucchini , packed (2 medium zucchinis, 380g / 13 oz grated)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 8 slices Swiss cheese (200g / 6.5 oz) (Note 1)
- 1 1/4 cups / 315 ml milk (any, I use low fat)
- 1/4 cup / 45 g melted butter , unsalted
- 2 tbsp canola oil (or vegetable or other neutral flavoured oil)
- 2 eggs
- 2 small garlic cloves , crushed
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 2 1/4 cups / 335g plain / all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder (Note 2)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda (bi-carb) (Note 2)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Use a standard box grater to grate the zucchini. Measure out 2 cups, place in bowl, sprinkle with salt, use fingers to disperse. Leave for 20 minutes.
- Squeeze handfuls to remove excess water and place zucchini in a bowl. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F (all oven types).
- Butter and line a loaf pan (Note 3)
- Place Dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Place Wet Ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Make a well in the centre of the Dry ingredients. Pour in Wet. Mix quickly until flour is incorporated (Note 4).
- Quickly stir through zucchini.
- Spread 1/3 of the batter in the loaf pan. Top with 4 slices of cheese.
- Spread with batter, top with 4 slices of cheese, then finish with remaining batter. Smooth top.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Optional: Brush top with a bit of melted butter.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to rack to cool. Cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.
- Store in a container (Note 5 for humid weather warning!)
LIFE OF DOZER
Let’s mark Australia Day 2018 as the day I discovered that stick on tattoos work on dog fur…. oh the possibilities!