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Zucchini Bread with Chocolate, Cherries and Pecans

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Chocolate Pecan Cherry Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Pecan Cherry Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Pecan Cherry Zucchini Bread

When the fall season begins, I like to start baking and filling my freezer for Christmas and New Years. Zucchini bread freezes quite well and tastes just as good as fresh once defrosted and slightly heated with a dab of butter.

If you've never had zucchini bread before it is a moist sweet bread that can be eaten as a dessert, in the afternoon with a coffee or tea, or anytime you want something for a little treat. My family loves to see this bread packed in their lunches.

When making this bread I usually split it up and make two regular size loaves and three or four mini loaves.

They are great if you give baking away at Christmas or if you do some type of cookie or bread exchange. If going to a potluck or family get together a loaf or two of zucchini bread is always welcomed.

I would send mini loaves with my Children to school when they were younger and needed something for a bake sale. The mini loaves are also big sellers at bazaars and at charity events.



Zucchini Bread Varriations

  • There are so many different ways that you can make zucchini bread.
  • Omit the nuts and make a double chocolate zucchini bread using Hershey Kisses.
  • Peanut butter chips go well with zucchini and mashed bananas.
  • If you'd like to try this recipe as a plain zucchini bread then simply omit the pecans, chocolate chips and cherries.


Ingredients that go nicely in zucchini bread

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cranberries

walnuts

ginger

bananas

pecans

nutmeg

pineapple

 

allspice

raisins

 

cinnamon

coconut

 

cloves

Cook Time will vary depending on bread pan size

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

1 hour

1 hour 30 min

4 regular loaves or 8-9 mini loaves

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of zucchini, grated
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of white sugar, granulated
  • 4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 4 tsp. of salt
  • 4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of vegetable or canola oil, I use canola oil
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips, add 1/2 cup extra if you'd like the bread more chocolaty
  • 1 cup of pecan pieces
  • 15 - 30 maraschino cherries, either whole or cut in half
  • shortening, for greasing the bread pans
  • extra flour, for dusting the bread pans


All ingredients measured out and ready to begin.

All ingredients measured out and ready to begin.

This is the part of baking I hate ... greasing and flouring the pans.

This is the part of baking I hate ... greasing and flouring the pans.

"We may live without friends, we may live without books, but civilized man cannot live without cooks."


Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton (1831-1891)

English diplomat and poet


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour either 4 regular bread pans or 2 regular pans and 3 mini pans.
  2. Grate 2-3 medium-sized zucchinis. You will need to yield a total of 4 cups grated. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Make sure to mix really well.
  4. Add the oil to the dry ingredients mixture and mix well. In a bowl beat all the eggs and add mix into the batter
  5. In a medium-size bowl beat all the eggs and add into the batter mixing well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips and mix. Then do the same with the pecans.
  7. With a one-cup measure or soup ladle spoon the mixture into the baking pans. You don't want to fill the pans as the bread needs space to rise while cooking.
  8. Divide up the maraschino cherries and push them into the batter.
  9. Place the pans into the oven. The larger loaf pans will take approximately one hour to cook. The mini loaves will take 30 - 35 minutes. It's always best to check the small pans after they've been in the oven for 25 minutes and the larger pans at 50 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven once baked and let cool for 15 minutes before removing the loaves from the pans. Then continue to cool on a rack.
  11. Slice, serve with or without butter, and ENJOY!
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Comments

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 03, 2019:

I'm sure you'll like it, Peg.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 03, 2019:

Rajan, Please come back and let me know if you liked it.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on September 02, 2019:

Oh, this does sound so delicious. Makes me hungry just to read the ingredients. Can't wait to try out your recipe.

Rajan Singh Jolly on September 02, 2019:

Never tried zucchini bread. The recipe is simple. Will try making plain zucchini bread. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 26, 2018:

Margie Lynn, When I make zucchini bread I usually make this recipe and triple it so that I can freeze some. Thanks for stopping by!

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on March 25, 2018:

I love zucchini bread so moist and yummy! You do not even know it has zucchini hidden in it! I will try some additional ingredient you provided. Thanks for sharing Susan!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on May 14, 2015:

Thanks Rachel and I hope that you had a Happy Mother's Day!

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on May 10, 2015:

Hi Susan, We grow zucchini in our garden every year and always make zucchini bread. I do get a little tired of the same recipe but you gave me a great new recipe, so thanks for sharing it, I will be making this as soon as I start getting zucchini. Voted up.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 08, 2014:

Thanks so much for letting me know Daria!

daria on August 07, 2014:

just made your bread last night it came out really good i love it

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 18, 2013:

Kasman, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Hope you're having a nice weekend.

kasman on August 18, 2013:

Never really tried zucchini bread but I might just persuade mrs kasman to bake some.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 11, 2013:

Dianna and Christy, Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy the zucchini bread as much as we do. Have a great weekend!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on August 10, 2013:

Yum, yes please :)

Dianna Mendez on August 10, 2013:

You have reminded me how good zucchini is in bread. I love coconut so I am going to try your suggestion next time I make this recipe.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 24, 2013:

Thanks Cat, You have a great day too!

Cat from New York on July 23, 2013:

Just Ask Susan,

I love experimenting too! How do we ever discover new dishes without experimenting? I would've never put this combination together myself and I'm looking forward to trying it!

Have a wonderful day!

Cat

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 23, 2013:

Thanks Rose! Hope you enjoy the Zucchini bread.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 22, 2013:

OMG...........this looks delicious! I have got to try this. I really enjoyed the images as well. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 22, 2013:

Hi Cat,

I like to experiment with different recipes by adding various ingredients, and this was a big hit at my house. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks for for the votes and for sharing too.

Cat from New York on July 22, 2013:

Just Ask Susan,

I really had no idea where to start, but when I saw all of these ingredients in just one bread, I said... I need to see this! I just love banana bread and zucchini bread, but I've never heard of such a combination as this before. It sounds so good and you've really done an excellent job making it easy to follow. I'm not looking forward to fall, but I love the idea of making and freezing loaves too and I'll definitely be trying this out! Thanks!

Voted up and many others ~ Sharing too!

Cat

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 10, 2013:

Paula, So glad to see you at yet another one of my recipe hubs :) Thanks for the votes!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 10, 2013:

Kierstin and Natasha, Thank you both!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 10, 2013:

Mary, Thanks so much. I need to make some soon again and stock up the freezer.

FlourishAnyway, Hope that you enjoy the recipe, and thanks so much!

Suzie from Carson City on July 09, 2013:

Susan...OK OK.......you roped me in on this one! Chocolate, cherries & pecans?? Oh yeah, count me in! YUM....my favorite things! I could eat a loaf or 2....right now. UP+++

Natasha from Hawaii on July 09, 2013:

How did I miss this before? Awesome looking hub!

Kierstin Gunsberg from Traverse City, Michigan on July 09, 2013:

Uh YUM!! I just ate but now I wish I could have some of this. Nice summer recipe : )

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 09, 2013:

This looks great! I always like a different mix of ingredients. Thanks for sharing this with us. I will be trying this. I find that the recipes on HubPages are more trustworthy because people have more invested in them. I've had much better luck in what I've chosen to try out. Looking forward to this! Voted up and more.

Mary Craig from New York on July 09, 2013:

What a great mixture! Your idea of baking extra is the best. If you're going to bake why not make more?

Your recipe and pictures are perfect.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 30, 2013:

georgialgal, Thank you so much and same to you :)

Careemommy, The cherries add a nice sweetness along with the chocolate :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 30, 2013:

Thanks so much moonlake and I hope that you enjoy the bread.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on April 29, 2013:

Susan, these cakes looks scrumptious! I love zucchini bread, but never thought about adding cherries. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Mrs Frugal from United States on April 29, 2013:

You had me at cherry! What a yummy looking bread and great way to use up zucchini. Hope you have a wonderful week~

moonlake from America on April 29, 2013:

I need this recipe we always have so much zucchini. Sounds so good. Voted up and pinned. Share.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on March 03, 2013:

Stephanie, My son was asking me the other day to make a few loaves as he loves this bread. I buy it all year round as my dogs love raw zucchini. Makes it hard to grow unless I fence it off. :)

Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 02, 2013:

I love zucchini bread, and this one looks extra special! I must add it to my list of zucchini recipes for summer when we once again have an overabundance of those lovely vegetables! :) Voted up and shared.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 14, 2012:

Carolyn, Thanks and I hope that you and he enjoy the zucchini bread.

Carolyn from NY on December 13, 2012:

Thank you so much for sharing this! My husband has been asking me to make him zucchini bread and now, thanks to you, I can make him something extra special! I voted up!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2012:

Hi Sweetie, You may want to try zucchini raw too. I like it cooked in stir fry too. Hope that you enjoy the bread and thanks for the votes.

sweetie1 from India on December 03, 2012:

Susan.

Thanks for such a tasty recipe. Zucchini were not available in India till recently. Now they are available in big stores so about a month back I brought them but didn't know what to do with them so I tried to make it like Indian vegetable and no one liked it. Now I know what to do with them. Voting it up and useful.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 21, 2012:

Prasetio, Thanks for visiting and for the votes. I hope that your Mom will make this for you and that you enjoy it.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 20, 2012:

I had never heard about zucchini bread before I read this hub. It sound delicious. Wow....I'll share the recipe with my mom. Susan....thanks for writing. Voted up!

Prasetio

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2012:

2patricias, Thank you so much!

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on November 20, 2012:

This sounds delicious, and your instructions are very clear, with great illustrations.

I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and sharing.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 10, 2012:

Pineapple is great in zucchini bread! Pistachio and maraschino cherries ... mm that sound delicious!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on November 09, 2012:

I love zucchini bread and am pretty satisfied with my recipe since I have tweaked it over the years to include pineapple and sometimes chocolate chips. BUT, and it's a big BUT, I really LOVE the idea of adding maraschino cherries. That sounds awesome to me. I recently had pistachio muffins with maraschino cherries and they were so good. So I'm sure that I'd love it in my zucchini bread. Thanks SZ!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 27, 2012:

Man from Modesto, Thanks so much!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 27, 2012:

barbergirl, What you haven't gotten it yet .... those darn postmen, I swear they have noses like hound dogs :)

Man from Modesto from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California) on October 26, 2012:

You had me at "chocolate".

I only just realized that hubpages needs another vote category: mouth watering.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on October 26, 2012:

Hey - just wanted to let you know that I haven't gotten that package of bread you were sending to me ;) ;) ;)

These look absolutley delicious. I haven't made zucchini bread in a long long time. I think you might have just convinced me to take a day and do some baking. The bad part about living in California is I don't like getting the house all heated and some days it is still too warm. That being said, it has been cooling off. I will have to throw some zucchini in the basket the next time I go to the store! :)

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 23, 2012:

Brenda, It sure is. So many ways to cook or eat zucchini raw. Coffee is always on here, stop by anytime :)

MissO, Thanks so much, and how would you like your coffee :)

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on October 23, 2012:

You had me at chocolate....and then at pecans...and cherries....zucchini bread. Let's not forget the cinnamon. Yum! This looks like a beautiful holiday bread. I'm with Hyphenbird...let's get the coffee brewing.

As always, great pictures and instructions.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on October 22, 2012:

Zucchini bread is good stuff. That vegetable is versatile and amazing, isn't it? Thanks for the recipes and mouthwatering photos. Now I just need good cup of coffee to go with it.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 22, 2012:

Rebecca, Hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks for stopping by.

rbm, Thanks and nice to nice to meet you.

Pam, This was the first time that I added cherries and they worked great with this recipe.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 21, 2012:

We love zucchini bread around here and your recipe looks delicious. I have never used the cherries before but a nice idea. Good recipe. Voted up and useful.

rbm on October 20, 2012:

We've harvested so many zucchinis from our garden this year, and now I know what to do with them all! :) This looks yummy! Voted up and awesome.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 20, 2012:

Looks really yummy! I will keep these ideas in mind for next growing season. There is always plenty of fresh zucchini around!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 20, 2012:

Gypsy, Thanks and I hope you enjoy this one.

Sue, Had a great time on my birthday and thanks so much.

Suzie, Hope you enjoy it.

Eddy, Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 20, 2012:

Ruchira, Come on over anytime and thanks so much.

Jamie, Perfect for Thanksgiving, and thank you.

Audrey, :)

Glimmer Twin, Not as dense as a fruit cake..

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 20, 2012:

Carol, I have the coffee on now and it's strong :)

Mhatter, Thanks.

btrbell, Hope you enjoy it.

Cardisa, :)

Eiddwen from Wales on October 20, 2012:

Mmm another for me to save and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on October 19, 2012:

Must try this - thanks!

Sueswan on October 19, 2012:

Hi Susan,

I love zucchini bread. Bookmarking this one.

Voted up and awesome.

Hope you are having a great time celebrating your birthday!

Gypsy48 on October 19, 2012:

I especially like to bake breads and have them on hand during the holiday season. Goes great with a big cup of coffee or tea. That bread looks delicious! Will be making this one for sure :)

Claudia Mitchell on October 19, 2012:

This sounds really good, almost like a fruit cake. Thanks for the awesome hub.

Audrey Howitt from California on October 19, 2012:

Yum!!

Jamie Brock from Texas on October 19, 2012:

I love sweet bread recipes... though I seem to collect recipes more than I make them but I'm trying to get better about that.. I think this would be a good one to make to take to my family on Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing :) Voted up!

Ruchira from United States on October 19, 2012:

wow...the b'day girl made so many breads :) Gotta come over for a slice.

Happy Birthday Susan. wishing you many more to come!!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on October 19, 2012:

yummmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyy! That's all I have to say!

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on October 19, 2012:

Thank you for this yummy twist to an already good recipe. Perfect for fall! I will try this!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 19, 2012:

drbj, How could anything made with zucchini not be good for you :)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 18, 2012:

This is trully a "bad rep" bread. One has to try it to see how good it is.

carol stanley from Arizona on October 18, 2012:

Too many great ingredients to ignore. I will be over soon for my piece and I like strong coffee black. Great recipes and ideas. Will bookmark and vote up.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 18, 2012:

Anything with chocolate chips, pecans and cherries, Susan, has got to be good for you, so I will give this one a try. Promise.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 18, 2012:

NMLady, Thank you :)

TT, Thanks!

Bill, Love making you drool :)

Martie, Wish we lived a tad bit closer and you could come by for coffee and a slice.

Frank, A ten .... I like that:) Thanks Frank.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on October 18, 2012:

Justasksusan now you're cooking my language!!! Rated it a 5 but it deserved double that!!!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 18, 2012:

Susan, how I wish you were my neighbor! These Zucchini breads of you look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Although I prefer any other task above those to be done in a kitchen, I have quite a few friends with a passionate love for baking and cooking. I share this hub of yours with them :)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 18, 2012:

Chocolate pecan cherry??? OMG that looks and sounds great! Thank you for making me drool on my computer! :) Great job, Susan!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on October 18, 2012:

This looks really good, Susan!!!

NMLady from New Mexico & Arizona on October 18, 2012:

Well, yum.

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