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Monday, August 19, 2013

Aunt Betty's Zucchini Bread

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
  • Also needed: 2 empty clean 1lb coffee cans
This zucchini bread is baked in a 1 pound coffee can, I think it tastes better because it is round:)
1. Prepare your coffee cans by washing and drying them very well
2. Spray the insides with cooking spray and dust with flour
3. Heat oven to 325 degrees
4. Mix together eggs, oil, sugar and zucchini in a large mixing bowl
5. Stir in flour, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder
6. Add the vanilla and the pecans
7. Fill the cans about 3/4 full with the batter
8. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes until center is done
9. Let cool and carefully remove the bread from the cans
10. Stand the bread on its end and let cool completely before slicing
11. Dust with powdered sugar.
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My Aunt Betty would love for you to enjoy not only this lovely bread, but every minute of every day.  

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  1. What a beautiful tribute to your aunt. She sounds like an amazing person. I teared up a little reading that - your love for her is evident. :)
    I never think to bake loaves in cans. The round shape looks so cute! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Oh nice! I love zucchini so I'll have to try this -thanks!

  3. Oh om nom nom, it's so yummy!

  4. Hi Evelyn,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe on my Blog Hop! I love the shape of the sliced bread!

    Now I'm following you! :)

  5. What a sweet story! My husband's dad did something very similar. He reunited with a close friend from elementary school at his father's funeral. They went out for coffee to talk and it continued from there! And, yum my second favorite kind of bread (banana is #1)!

  6. Seeing the picture first, I was wondering how you made round slices. Now I know! I think everyone should have an Aunt Betty in their lives.
    Thank you for linking this week!

  7. Sounds amazing; thanks for sharing it ... and your great memories!

  8. What a great memory of your Aunt Betty! Her zucchini bread looks and sounds fabulous. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  9. Such a sweet story about how they found each other later in life. Special. And her zucchini bread looks mighty yummy!

  10. Cute and delicious! I like zucchini bread. :)

  11. I am thinking warm with a smear of cream cheese! Love the story behind the bread.

  12. Oh my. I've got to try this.
    Thank you for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

    Angel @

  13. This is the sweetest story! Love cooking in the coffee can!!!

  14. YUMMO! My mom used to make all her quick breads in cans! :)

    1. I love the presentation of this bread. I can't wait to make some bread in some coffee cans. It is lovely how it turned out. Thanks for the recipe for the zucchini bread.

  15. i'm not a big fan of Zucchini. Maybe this is what i need to give it another try. Thanks again for linking with us.

  16. Yum I love zucchini bread Aunt Betty sounded like a wonderful lady how beautiful that they found each other again especially after they lost their spouses.

  17. Hi Evelyn,
    I just love your Zucchini Bread in the can, it looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. This bread caught my attention because of it's shape, but then I got a bonus by reading about your sweet Aunt Betty. Great post!

  19. Zucchini bread is by far my favorite quick bread. I look forward to this time of year when zucchini is in abundance to make my favorite fall treat. What a great idea to use coffee cans to make the bread so it comes out in an interesting shape! I use bundt cake pans sometimes. I'll be making some the next time I'm on a diet break :).

    Casa Guanajuato Reviews

  20. Awwww ..... Aunt Betty sounds like a real gem :) I wish we had moved to Arizona a little sooner in the year so maybe I could have started a garden .... it's on my list of things to do lol. Pinning this - my neighbor Alyce is so kind with her veggies, she might send over some zucchini - and if she does, you better believe I'll be making this! {hugs}

  21. This looks really good. I never made zucchini bread before.

  22. This bread looks so neat in the cylindrical shape! I have to try it just so I may be able to "sparkle" like your Aunt Betty. What a sweet story! I am featuring this tomorrow from last week's All Things Thursday Blog Hop #7. I'll also be pinning it to my All Things Thurday Features board on Pinterest. I hope you'll be linking up with us again tomorrow night!

  23. I must try this! It looks so good. Thanks for sharing at

  24. Family recipes are wonderful during the holiday season. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us at Our Little Family Adventure during our Facebook Thanksgiving Menu Planning Event. I've also linked it to my planning blog post at

  25. I love this story, she sounds like she was a fun lady. Baking in the coffee can makes it look so pretty when it comes out. I've never put powdered sugar on mine either. Can't wait to try it. Pinning!
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  26. What a sweet story! She sounds like she was an amazing person for anyone to know!
    I love the idea of baking this bread in a coffee can- how fun!
    Thanks for linking up at Saturday Dishes, and we hope you'll keep coming back as it changes hands this week!

  27. Your recipe was the most viewed last week at Saturday Dishes! Thank you for linking it up. Can't wait to see what you bring this week for appetizers!

  28. I love that you cooked this in a tin can, so clever! I couldn't work out how you'd baked it at first :)

  29. What a great post!!! I had to see how it was ROUND!! So cool!


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