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Lemony Zucchini Bread Recipe

Lemony Zucchini Bread Recipe

Flecks of zucchini give a third dimension to the popular lemon and poppy seed combination in this moist quick bread from Carol Funk. She's a field editor from Richard, Saskatchewan.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:32 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant lemon pudding mix
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, oil, lemon juice and extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the zucchini, poppy seeds and lemon peel.
  • 2. Pour into two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 187 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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kjh34 User ID: 7299128 271865
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2017

"Delicious and Elegant! I didn't have lemon pudding so I used vanilla but didn't notice a lack of flavor. I also put a lemon glaze on the top which added a nice touch. Will definitely make again!!! Perfect to take away or for an elegant bread!"

LeslieH User ID: 191346 269236
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2017

"Delicious and moist! A lemon glaze might add some extra lemon zip, but good without too."

zookeeperk User ID: 819663 231485
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2015

"A mild lemony bread. I think next time I will make a lemon glaze to top it with as someone suggested."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 226724
Reviewed May. 22, 2015

"I recall preparing this bread when it was featured in Taste of Home. I did make adjustments to this recipe by using EITHER vanilla OR lemon instant pudding mix. If zucchini was not available, I used 2 cups shredded apple. I'd also added: 1-1/2 tsp. each lemon extract, butter or rum extract and almond extract and at least 1/8 to 1/4 cup poppy seeds. I baked loaves 65 to 70 minutes at 350o F. in 2 greased and floured 9x5x3" loaf pans. I used a cake tester to determine doneness! delowenstein"

CWyatt User ID: 3826639 77743
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2014

"I'm surprised this received such high reviews. My family was unimpressed with this bread. Not a lot of flavor and really nothing special."

jbondesen User ID: 1476580 96034
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"This is about the only kind of zuccini bread i make! My husband never wants anything different.

Hint: 1 fresh lemon is what you need for the juice and zest."

brewcityblondie User ID: 3948209 165529
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"My kids and I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I have made this several times now. I have made a few changes though: I use either french or regular instant vanilla (vs. lemon) pudding. Instead of 1.5 c. sugar, I use 1/2 c. sugar & 1 c. brown sugar. Instead of 4 c. flour, I use 3 c. flour & 1 c. whole wheat flour. I use 3 c. (vs. just 2 c.) shredded zucchini. Also--instead of making two 9x5" loaves, I place the entire batter into a large bundt cake pan (sprayed heavily with Pam) and bake at 350 degrees for a good 55-65 minutes (or until knife comes out clean). This is so moist and delicious - LOVE the addition of the poppyseeds too! My kids gobble up this bread/cake in no time!"

kat83 User ID: 2934264 170214
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2012

"Mmm so good! Just the right flavor of lemon-froze the other loaf."

[email protected] User ID: 1434071 208918
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

"This was really easy and it made two big loaves. It was very moist. I have one loaf in the freezer and I will probably make a little glaze for it when I use it as someone suggested."

Newsue1 User ID: 1517992 77741
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2011

"A friend told me about this bread, and that brought me to this site. It is DELICIOUS, and so bright-tasting! Definitely a keeper!"

lindypat User ID: 814971 77740
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I've made this twice and both times the bread has disappeared! Very moist and flavorful. I do add extra lemon zest as I love lemon!"

choralducky User ID: 4511727 208917
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2010

"I made this for the farmer's market and it sold out!"

Mom to 4 dogs User ID: 3148910 152508
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2008

"When substituting applesauce for a portion of the oil, is it possible to delete all of the oil, with favorable results???"

amdphoto User ID: 3235211 170213
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2008

"I made this last evening, July 13, 2008. It was fabulous. I am growing zucchini and had some to use up. I doubled the recipe and it made one bundt cake, four mini loaves and one 8 x 8 square pan for snacking. I took powdered sugar and lemon juice and drizzled over the bundt cake. Everyone here at my office loves it today. I will definitely keep this as one of my ways to use up zucchini."

sherwoodforest User ID: 1486156 97008
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2008

"I made this to take to my nieces house for a dinner party. It was loved by all, and now it is becoming a family favorite. I gave the recipe as the "favorite recipe" for her wedding shower, and I will be making it for part of the late lunch. Very nice moist loaf.


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