Zucchini Bread with Chocolate, Cherries and Pecans

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Chocolate Pecan Cherry Zucchini Bread
Chocolate Pecan Cherry Zucchini Bread | Source

Zucchini Bread Varriations

  • There are so many different ways that you can make zucchini bread.
  • Omit the nuts and make a double chocolate zucchini bread using Hershey Kisses.
  • Peanut butter chips go well with zucchini and mashed bananas.
  • If you'd like to try this recipe as a plain zucchini bread then simply omit the pecans, chocolate chips and cherries.


Ingredients that go nicely in zucchini bread

Fruit
Nuts
Spices
cranberries
walnuts
ginger
bananas
pecans
nutmeg
pineapple
 
allspice
raisins
 
cinnamon
coconut
 
cloves

Chocolate Pecan Cherry Zucchini Bread

When the fall season begins, I like to start baking and filling my freezer for Christmas and New Years. Zucchini bread freezes quite well and tastes just as good as fresh once defrosted and slightly heated with a dab of butter.

If you've never had zucchini bread before it is a moist sweet bread that can be eaten as a dessert, in the afternoon with a coffee or tea, or anytime you want something for a little treat. My family loves to see this bread packed in their lunches.

When making this bread I usually split it up and make two regular size loaves and three or four mini loaves.

They are great if you give baking away at Christmas or if you do some type of cookie or bread exchange. If going to a potluck or family get together a loaf or two of zucchini bread is always welcomed.

I would send mini loaves with my Children to school when they were younger and needed something for a bake sale. The mini loaves are also big sellers at bazaars and at charity events.



Cook Time will vary depending on bread pan size

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: 4 regular loaves or 8-9 mini loaves
All ingredients measured out and ready to begin.
All ingredients measured out and ready to begin. | Source
This is the part of baking I hate ... greasing and flouring the pans.
This is the part of baking I hate ... greasing and flouring the pans. | Source

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of zucchini, grated
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of white sugar, granulated
  • 4 tsp. of baking soda
  • 4 tsp. of salt
  • 4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of vegetable or canola oil, I use canola oil
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips, add 1/2 cup extra if you'd like the bread more chocolaty
  • 1 cup of pecan pieces
  • 15 - 30 maraschino cherries, either whole or cut in half
  • shortening, for greasing the bread pans
  • extra flour, for dusting the bread pans


Step by Step Pictures

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You can use a food processor for grating the zucchini but I chose to do it manually. All the dry ingredients are well mixed.Add the oil and mix well.Beating the eggs.Mix in the beaten eggs.Make sure you don't have any dry ingredients left in the bowl. Add the grated zucchini and mix again.This is what your batter should look like before adding the chocolate chips.Add and mix the chocolate chips into the batter.Next, mix in the pecans.Pour the batter into the pans and add the cherries.Cool before slicing.
You can use a food processor for grating the zucchini but I chose to do it manually.
You can use a food processor for grating the zucchini but I chose to do it manually. | Source
All the dry ingredients are well mixed.
All the dry ingredients are well mixed.
Add the oil and mix well.
Add the oil and mix well.
Beating the eggs.
Beating the eggs.
Mix in the beaten eggs.
Mix in the beaten eggs.
Make sure you don't have any dry ingredients left in the bowl.
Make sure you don't have any dry ingredients left in the bowl.
Add the grated zucchini and mix again.
Add the grated zucchini and mix again.
This is what your batter should look like before adding the chocolate chips.
This is what your batter should look like before adding the chocolate chips.
Add and mix the chocolate chips into the batter.
Add and mix the chocolate chips into the batter.
Next, mix in the pecans.
Next, mix in the pecans.
Pour the batter into the pans and add the cherries.
Pour the batter into the pans and add the cherries.
Cool before slicing.
Cool before slicing. | Source

"We may live without friends, we may live without books, but civilized man cannot live without cooks."


Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton (1831-1891)

English diplomat and poet


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour either 4 regular bread pans or 2 regular pans and 3 mini pans.
  2. Grate 2-3 medium sized zucchinis. You will need to yield a total of 4 cups grated. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Make sure to mix really well.
  4. Add the oil to the dry ingredients mixture and mix well. In a bowl beat all the eggs and add mix into the batter
  5. In a medium size bowl beat all the eggs and add into the batter mixing well.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips and mix. Then do the same with the pecans.
  7. With a one cup measure or soup ladle spoon the mixture into the baking pans. You don't want to fill the pans as the bread needs space to rise while cooking.
  8. Divide up the maraschino cherries and push them into the batter.
  9. Place the pans into the oven. The larger loaf pans will take approximately one hour to cook. The mini loaves will take 30 - 35 minutes. It's always best to check the small pans after they've been in the oven for 25 minutes and the larger pans at 50 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven once baked and let cool for 15 minutes before removing the loaves from the pans. Then continue to cool on a rack.
  11. Slice, serve with or without butter, and ENJOY!

Does this sound like something you may like? Please rate my recipe.

4.9 stars from 10 ratings of Chocolate Pecan Cherry Zucchini Bread
Durable Foil D50050 6" Aluminum Mini Loaf Pan (12 Pack 0f 5 / 60 Pans)
Durable Foil D50050 6" Aluminum Mini Loaf Pan (12 Pack 0f 5 / 60 Pans)

I find that these mini loaf pans work great for baking small loaves of zucchini bread. They're easy to wash and can be used over and over again. They're also good for an individual serving of meat loaf.

 
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Just Ask Susan 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Rachel and I hope that you had a Happy Mother's Day!


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Rachel L Alba 19 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Susan, We grow zucchini in our garden every year and always make zucchini bread. I do get a little tired of the same recipe but you gave me a great new recipe, so thanks for sharing it, I will be making this as soon as I start getting zucchini. Voted up.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much for letting me know Daria!


daria 2 years ago

just made your bread last night it came out really good i love it


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kasman, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Hope you're having a nice weekend.


kasman 3 years ago

Never really tried zucchini bread but I might just persuade mrs kasman to bake some.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dianna and Christy, Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy the zucchini bread as much as we do. Have a great weekend!


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Yum, yes please :)


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teaches12345 3 years ago

You have reminded me how good zucchini is in bread. I love coconut so I am going to try your suggestion next time I make this recipe.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Cat, You have a great day too!


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Just Ask Susan,

I love experimenting too! How do we ever discover new dishes without experimenting? I would've never put this combination together myself and I'm looking forward to trying it!

Have a wonderful day!

Cat


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Rose! Hope you enjoy the Zucchini bread.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

OMG...........this looks delicious! I have got to try this. I really enjoyed the images as well. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Cat,

I like to experiment with different recipes by adding various ingredients, and this was a big hit at my house. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks for for the votes and for sharing too.


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Cantuhearmescream 3 years ago from New York

Just Ask Susan,

I really had no idea where to start, but when I saw all of these ingredients in just one bread, I said... I need to see this! I just love banana bread and zucchini bread, but I've never heard of such a combination as this before. It sounds so good and you've really done an excellent job making it easy to follow. I'm not looking forward to fall, but I love the idea of making and freezing loaves too and I'll definitely be trying this out! Thanks!

Voted up and many others ~ Sharing too!

Cat


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Paula, So glad to see you at yet another one of my recipe hubs :) Thanks for the votes!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Kierstin and Natasha, Thank you both!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Mary, Thanks so much. I need to make some soon again and stock up the freezer.

FlourishAnyway, Hope that you enjoy the recipe, and thanks so much!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Susan...OK OK.......you roped me in on this one! Chocolate, cherries & pecans?? Oh yeah, count me in! YUM....my favorite things! I could eat a loaf or 2....right now. UP+++


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

How did I miss this before? Awesome looking hub!


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Kierstin Gunsberg 3 years ago

Uh YUM!! I just ate but now I wish I could have some of this. Nice summer recipe : )


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This looks great! I always like a different mix of ingredients. Thanks for sharing this with us. I will be trying this. I find that the recipes on HubPages are more trustworthy because people have more invested in them. I've had much better luck in what I've chosen to try out. Looking forward to this! Voted up and more.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

What a great mixture! Your idea of baking extra is the best. If you're going to bake why not make more?

Your recipe and pictures are perfect.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

georgialgal, Thank you so much and same to you :)

Careemommy, The cherries add a nice sweetness along with the chocolate :)


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much moonlake and I hope that you enjoy the bread.


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Susan, these cakes looks scrumptious! I love zucchini bread, but never thought about adding cherries. Thank you for sharing your recipe.


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georgialgal1984 3 years ago from United States

You had me at cherry! What a yummy looking bread and great way to use up zucchini. Hope you have a wonderful week~


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I need this recipe we always have so much zucchini. Sounds so good. Voted up and pinned. Share.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Stephanie, My son was asking me the other day to make a few loaves as he loves this bread. I buy it all year round as my dogs love raw zucchini. Makes it hard to grow unless I fence it off. :)


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

I love zucchini bread, and this one looks extra special! I must add it to my list of zucchini recipes for summer when we once again have an overabundance of those lovely vegetables! :) Voted up and shared.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Carolyn, Thanks and I hope that you and he enjoy the zucchini bread.


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Carolyn Rae 3 years ago from NY

Thank you so much for sharing this! My husband has been asking me to make him zucchini bread and now, thanks to you, I can make him something extra special! I voted up!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Sweetie, You may want to try zucchini raw too. I like it cooked in stir fry too. Hope that you enjoy the bread and thanks for the votes.


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Susan.

Thanks for such a tasty recipe. Zucchini were not available in India till recently. Now they are available in big stores so about a month back I brought them but didn't know what to do with them so I tried to make it like Indian vegetable and no one liked it. Now I know what to do with them. Voting it up and useful.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Prasetio, Thanks for visiting and for the votes. I hope that your Mom will make this for you and that you enjoy it.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I had never heard about zucchini bread before I read this hub. It sound delicious. Wow....I'll share the recipe with my mom. Susan....thanks for writing. Voted up!

Prasetio


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

2patricias, Thank you so much!


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2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This sounds delicious, and your instructions are very clear, with great illustrations.

I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages - and sharing.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pineapple is great in zucchini bread! Pistachio and maraschino cherries ... mm that sound delicious!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I love zucchini bread and am pretty satisfied with my recipe since I have tweaked it over the years to include pineapple and sometimes chocolate chips. BUT, and it's a big BUT, I really LOVE the idea of adding maraschino cherries. That sounds awesome to me. I recently had pistachio muffins with maraschino cherries and they were so good. So I'm sure that I'd love it in my zucchini bread. Thanks SZ!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Man from Modesto, Thanks so much!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

barbergirl, What you haven't gotten it yet .... those darn postmen, I swear they have noses like hound dogs :)


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Man from Modesto 4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

You had me at "chocolate".

I only just realized that hubpages needs another vote category: mouth watering.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Hey - just wanted to let you know that I haven't gotten that package of bread you were sending to me ;) ;) ;)

These look absolutley delicious. I haven't made zucchini bread in a long long time. I think you might have just convinced me to take a day and do some baking. The bad part about living in California is I don't like getting the house all heated and some days it is still too warm. That being said, it has been cooling off. I will have to throw some zucchini in the basket the next time I go to the store! :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Brenda, It sure is. So many ways to cook or eat zucchini raw. Coffee is always on here, stop by anytime :)

MissO, Thanks so much, and how would you like your coffee :)


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

You had me at chocolate....and then at pecans...and cherries....zucchini bread. Let's not forget the cinnamon. Yum! This looks like a beautiful holiday bread. I'm with Hyphenbird...let's get the coffee brewing.

As always, great pictures and instructions.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Zucchini bread is good stuff. That vegetable is versatile and amazing, isn't it? Thanks for the recipes and mouthwatering photos. Now I just need good cup of coffee to go with it.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rebecca, Hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks for stopping by.

rbm, Thanks and nice to nice to meet you.

Pam, This was the first time that I added cherries and they worked great with this recipe.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

We love zucchini bread around here and your recipe looks delicious. I have never used the cherries before but a nice idea. Good recipe. Voted up and useful.


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rbm 4 years ago

We've harvested so many zucchinis from our garden this year, and now I know what to do with them all! :) This looks yummy! Voted up and awesome.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Looks really yummy! I will keep these ideas in mind for next growing season. There is always plenty of fresh zucchini around!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Gypsy, Thanks and I hope you enjoy this one.

Sue, Had a great time on my birthday and thanks so much.

Suzie, Hope you enjoy it.

Eddy, Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruchira, Come on over anytime and thanks so much.

Jamie, Perfect for Thanksgiving, and thank you.

Audrey, :)

Glimmer Twin, Not as dense as a fruit cake..


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Carol, I have the coffee on now and it's strong :)

Mhatter, Thanks.

btrbell, Hope you enjoy it.

Cardisa, :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Mmm another for me to save and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.


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suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

Must try this - thanks!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Susan,

I love zucchini bread. Bookmarking this one.

Voted up and awesome.

Hope you are having a great time celebrating your birthday!


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Gypsy48 4 years ago

I especially like to bake breads and have them on hand during the holiday season. Goes great with a big cup of coffee or tea. That bread looks delicious! Will be making this one for sure :)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

This sounds really good, almost like a fruit cake. Thanks for the awesome hub.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Yum!!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

I love sweet bread recipes... though I seem to collect recipes more than I make them but I'm trying to get better about that.. I think this would be a good one to make to take to my family on Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing :) Voted up!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

wow...the b'day girl made so many breads :) Gotta come over for a slice.

Happy Birthday Susan. wishing you many more to come!!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

yummmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyy! That's all I have to say!


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Thank you for this yummy twist to an already good recipe. Perfect for fall! I will try this!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

drbj, How could anything made with zucchini not be good for you :)


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

This is trully a "bad rep" bread. One has to try it to see how good it is.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Too many great ingredients to ignore. I will be over soon for my piece and I like strong coffee black. Great recipes and ideas. Will bookmark and vote up.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Anything with chocolate chips, pecans and cherries, Susan, has got to be good for you, so I will give this one a try. Promise.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

NMLady, Thank you :)

TT, Thanks!

Bill, Love making you drool :)

Martie, Wish we lived a tad bit closer and you could come by for coffee and a slice.

Frank, A ten .... I like that:) Thanks Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Justasksusan now you're cooking my language!!! Rated it a 5 but it deserved double that!!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Susan, how I wish you were my neighbor! These Zucchini breads of you look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipes. Although I prefer any other task above those to be done in a kitchen, I have quite a few friends with a passionate love for baking and cooking. I share this hub of yours with them :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Chocolate pecan cherry??? OMG that looks and sounds great! Thank you for making me drool on my computer! :) Great job, Susan!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

This looks really good, Susan!!!


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NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

Well, yum.

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