Making zucchini bread is a terrific way to cook with the summer squash. Here, F&W’s best recipes, like a classic loaf and variations like zucchini french toast.

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Best Zucchini Bread Recipes

Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts
Credit: © Frances Janisch

Zucchini Bread

Chef Ashley Christensen got this recipe from her mom, who made it during squash season when the zucchini grew too big to be sautéed.

Yogurt-Zucchini Bread with Walnuts (left)

The walnuts in this moist, nutty loaf are super-heart-healthy, and the yogurt adds moisture without any fat.

Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

It is hard to eat just one of these nutty, gingery, cinnamony cupcakes with their bright-green flecks of grated zucchini.

Zucchini Bread French Toast with Maple-Bourbon Butter

You can also use store-bought zucchini bread to make this extravagant dessert, topped with ice cream and a sweet bourbon-spiked butter sauce.

Chocolate Chip-Zucchini Bread

This indulgent zucchini bread recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate chips, and it gets a boost of richness from sour cream in the batter.

Tips for Making Quick Breads

  • When making quick bread batters by hand, use a large, sturdy, long-handled spatula or the curved version that looks like a cross between a spoon and a spatula.
  • Lower the oven temperature by 25° to prevent overbaking if using a glass pan or a pan with a dark finish.
  • Use a cake tester—a rigid stainless steel wire with a loop handle.
  • Let loaves cool completely before slicing in order to set the crumb.
  • Use a serrated knife to cut quick bread loaves; it will preserve the delicate crumb.

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Zucchini Linguine with Herbs
Credit: © Con Poulos
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