My Aunt Betty was the most gracious loveliest little lady, I have ever met. I always think the best way to describe her was to say she just sparkled! The light always reflected off her jewelry and her little eyes always had a special twinkle! When I first met her (she really wasn't related by blood to me), she had an awesome little shop where she rented prom dresses, wedding dresses and all the groomsmen attire. It was the sweetest little shop that was literally stuffed with the most amazing clothing that would turn anyone into a princess or a prince. And she would flitter around and it was obvious that she loved dressing everyone up, she always attended the senior prom and every wedding to take pictures of all her little princess and princes. Yes, she even dressed my son for his senior prom even though we lived so far away. Everyone loved Aunt Betty, in fact while I was visiting her little shop one day, a fisherman arrived with a huge fish in the trunk of his car so she could take a picture of his fish. She was just as excited to take the picture of his fish as any of the lovely brides that arrived in her shop.
I was so very lucky that she was in love with my favorite Uncle:)) They had been childhood sweethearts but had went their separate ways for all those years and then after their children were grown and they lost their spouses, they both returned to the little town they grew up where they met again. They never married each other nor lived together but dated and had ever so much fun together for many, many years. Aunt Betty still had the little valentine my Uncle gave her in the 1st grade.
We lost our sweet Aunt Betty just a few months after my Mother passed away but lovely memories of her still live in my heart. I was fortunate to have known her and to be one of those people in her life.
At a recent trip to my uncle's home, one of my cousins gave me a community cookbook that had several of Aunt Betty's recipes but this Zucchini Bread was one of my favorites. So I hoped I did it justice in tribute to this wonderful lady that made sure everyone felt better just being in her presence.
Here's to you Aunt Betty, you are missed so very much.
Aunt Betty's Zucchini Bread
3 eggs, well beaten
1 cup canola oil
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated raw zucchini (unpeeled)
3 cups flour
3 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of pecans
powdered sugar for dusting
2 empty clean coffee cans
This zucchini bread is baked in a 1 pound coffee can, I think it tastes better because it is round:)
Prepare your coffee cans by washing them very well. Spray the insides with cooking spray and dust with flour. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix together eggs, oil, sugar and zucchini. Stir in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder. Add the vanilla and the pecans. Fill the cans about 3/4 full with the batter and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Let cool and carefully remove the bread from the cans. Stand the bread on its end and let cool completely before slicing. Dust with powdered sugar.
My Aunt Betty would love for you to enjoy not only this lovely bread but every minute of every day.