Monday’s Muffin: Extra-Special Zucchini Muffins

by sous-chef on March 14, 2011

Sous Chef here – I’m home and in the kitchen this week!

I decided to take over this week’s Monday’s Muffin, seeing that muffins are a particular favorite of mine and the Kitchenarian has been a bit busy. When we sat around and discussed what type of muffins to make, I mentioned my favorite zucchini bread and our minds were made up.

This recipe is my Grandmother’s zucchini bread recipe, which I adapted for the muffins today. Let me tell you that nothing smells or tastes this delicious when it’s fresh out of the oven! The scents of cinnamon and nutmeg fill the kitchen with a warm and comforting aroma. I am always excited to find one or two loaves of Grandma’s zucchini bread on our kitchen counter in the summer, and now I am happy to share her recipe with all of you.

Ingredients:

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups shredded zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Shred the zucchini with a coarse grater and set on paper towels to soak up the moisture. In a bowl, mix eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla.  Add in the cream cheese and beat. Mix until smooth. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Fold in zucchini. Pour batter into muffin cups and bake.  Makes about two dozen muffins or two loaves of bread.

For muffins: Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
For zucchini bread: Bake for 60 minutes (for 2 large loaves) or 45 minutes (for several smaller loaves).

Sous Chef Notes: The batter for this is more wet than a lot of other muffin or bread dough I’ve made, so don’t be too alarmed.

Enjoy!

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Jean March 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm

The muffins look perfect! I love zucchini bread and it’s been a while since I’ve had a taste. I like this recipe a lot!

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irena March 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I am big fan of zucchini bread but I have to admit that everything made in small cupcake pans is even cuter. Love the muffins:)

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Emily March 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I am definitely going to try this soon. I always have difficulty with zucchini bread but I think muffins are much more manageable. Because it has veggies in it I know it MUST be good for you.

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Lauren March 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm

These sound super tasty. Cant wait to try. Thank you

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Liz March 14, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I adore zucchini bread…but I’ve never tried it in muffin form! So pretty with the streaks of green…reminds me that Spring is on its way~

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Tiffany March 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I love that the recipe is from your grandmother! Very special!

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Happy When Not Hungry March 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

This looks like a wonderful recipe and your muffins look so tasty too. Will definitely have to try your grandmother’s recipe!

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yummychunklet March 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm

These muffins look really good! I’ve never baked with zucchini before.

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Greg March 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

I bet those are so moist with the cream cheese and zucchini.

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Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls March 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

LOVE adding zucchini in baking – these sound wonderful! Bookmarked!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xx
Delightful Bitefuls

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Curmudgeon March 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

Very, very yummy this morning. Hope there are some left!

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Kate @ Diethood.com March 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Wow, your muffins look so delicious! This is a great way to sneak some veggies into a sweet treat. And I just love me some zucchini… and there’s cream cheese in there…yum!

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briarrose March 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Perfection. I adore zucchini bread and it would be heaven in muffin form.

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Lora @cakeduchess March 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I love zucchini bread and can only imagine how delicious your muffins are. All that delicious cream cheese…yum!Thank you for sharing this recipe:)

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sarah March 17, 2011 at 1:29 am

Sold! I’ve been looking for a zucchini muffin recipe and this one looks perfect!!

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Dana March 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I love a good sliver of zucchini bread… or 5. These muffins sound like a great way to portion it out instead of slivering away at a loaf!

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