This version of zucchini bread is by far my favorite. Brown butter kicks up the flavor a few notches, and the crusty sugar topping adds an additional surprise. To me, this bread signals that autumn is upon us. It’s also a yummy way to use up any surplus summer squash.
There is no need to remove the excess water from the zucchini here; in fact, it helps to develop a moist bread. What’s seriously simple about this recipe is you only need a large mixing bowl to put it all together. A quick tip: I always measure out my ingredients on paper to lessen clean-up.
I think you will really like the complementary textures of the soft, brown-butter bread with the crispy sugar topping. Look for either sanding, raw, or turbinado sugar.
Make sure to let the bread cool completely before slicing it or it might fall apart. Try this for breakfast, tea, or even dessert. Watch how fast it disappears!
Brown Butter Zucchini Bread
Yields 1 (9-inch-by-5-inch loaf)
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups shredded zucchini
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch each of ginger and nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon sanding, raw, or turbinado sugar
Coat a nonstick 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan with baking spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the butter in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Cook the butter until it turns brown and is slightly fragrant. Remove from heat and reserve.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugars, and vanilla and whisk together until nicely blended. Add the cooled brown butter. Combine the zucchini and mix with a large spoon to evenly incorporate the ingredients.
Place a large piece of parchment paper or wax paper on the counter. Sift together the flour, baking soda and powder, salt, and spices onto the paper.
Carefully sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and mix to evenly blend.
Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the coarse sugar evenly on top of the batter.
Bake for about 55 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Let it cool completely in the pan. Slice and serve.