I like Costco …. A LOT …. I’ve had a membership of my own since college and make use of it for stocking up on all the staples our household needs as well as those things we didn’t know we needed!
I finally started paying attention to the Costco magazine which is essentially a big ad for the new products coming into the store. Since I can’t just swing by Costco any time I want these days I do a lot more window shopping. Did you know that Costco’s Connection magazine also features recipes?
My eye caught their recipe for Blue Ribbon Zucchini Carrot Apple Bread and I thought it looked pretty good. Graham and Miles aren’t big on eating veggies lately and the hefty portion of carrot and zucchini in this bread was appealing to me. There is also a lot of sugar, if I was a better cook I would know how to experiment and figure out substitutions for lowering the sugar content. Perhaps YOU know of a way to modify this recipe? If so let me know, I’d love to lower the sugar.
Regardless, it gets some veggies in my boys so it’s a winner for me!
It’s a bit of work for prepping the ingredients but this recipe makes two full sized loaves so the payoff is worth it. I use our Cuisinart for shredding the veggies which cuts down on prep time but makes more of a mess.
Costco’s Recipe for Blue Ribbon Zucchini Carrot Apple Bread
2 cups of sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup orange juice
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pinch of cloves
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup shredded unpeeled zucchini
1 cup finely diced peeled apples
(I omit the raisins and walnuts they recommend)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8×4 inch loaf pans.
Mix the sugar, butter, eggs, oj and vanilla together. Combine the dry ingredients and fold into the wet mixture. Fold in the carrots, zucchini and apples. Spoon into prepared pans.
Bake until done, approximately one hour or until the loaves spring back when gently touched with fingertips.
You can also add an icing to make it more of a dessert or breakfast bread but we like to leave it as is to have as a tasty snack any time.