Nutmeg and cinnamon add spice to these flavorful loaves. The flecks of green zucchini and red cranberries give each slice a festive look that's just right for the holidays. —Alice Manzo, South Easton, Massachusetts
"We were treated to this delicious zucchini-flecked bread when we went to visit a friend one evening," remarks Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren, Minnesota. "Each healthy slice is dotted with goodies like raisins, sesame seeds and nuts."
Gwynne Fleener of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho puts a subtle spin on traditional zucchini bread by adding chopped fresh pears. "The ingredients are simple to assemble and yield two wonderfully moist loaves," she writes.
Bushels of late-summer zucchini always put me in the Christmas spirit--thanks to this garden-fresh holiday bread I make. The anise lends a unique licorice-like flavor and fragrance to every piece...and the zucchini gives it such a moist texture.
Since apples and zucchini are so abundant in this area, it's only natural that the two be used together in one recipe. I really don't know the origin of this bread, but I do know it's been one of my favorites for many years. —Patti Dillingham, Scranton, Arkansas
With some basic changes our Test Kitchen was able to keep all the flavor of Jennifer Sickels favorite bread while greatly reducing the guilt. We hope you'll enjoy this makeover as much as we did! Jennifer hails from Greenfield, Indiana.
Meet the Cook: One day, I wanted to serve zucchini as a side dish - but I didn't have the time to slice and deep-fry it. So I came up with these fritters instead! They go especially well with barbecued ribs or pork chops and corn on the cob.
I'm an avid recipe clipper. I've also assisted at our church's Wednesday night suppers, cooking for as many as 125 people. That was good "training" - my husband and I have three children...and they're now 20, 19 and 18!
-Mary Dixson, Catlin, Illinois
This lightened-up bread features a crunchy crust and delectable taste. Our pros achieved the moist center Nancy Skramsted of Billings, Montana was looking for. And it definitely tastes delicious, even though more than half the fat and over a third of the calories went missing from the original.