This bread has won many ribbons at our fall fair. The recipe yields two nicely spiced loaves—one for eating and one for sharing. I like to make it for family and friends. —Chantelle Ross, Forest Grove, British Columbia
"These delicious treats make the most of the basil and zucchini I grow," enthuses Marion Lowery of Medford, Oregon. "The aroma during baking is so tempting my family flocks to the kitchen to grab muffins for snacking. I've learned to always mix up a double batch so I have enough for dinner!"
Grated carrots and zucchini, plus raisins and walnuts, bring a wonderful blend of flavors to this out-of-the-ordinary banana bread. The recipe comes from Margaret Hinman of Burlington, Iowa, whose 92-year-old aunt shared it with her.
Tart berries, crunchy nuts and tender zucchini are simply delightful mixed together in this mini loaf. “I make quick breads to give at Christmas, and lots of people ask for this one,” says Carol Lee of Ripon, Wisconsin.
I was raised on a farm and learned to cook at a young age. My mother was so good at substituting ingredients if she thought something was missing in a recipe, so I tried the same when I first baked this bread. I added the fruit cocktail for more flavor and moisture—and it worked.