Zucchini Bread (Mattie’s Recipe)

Camp is over and it was a BLAST! Some of the cutest kids in the world were here! I am going to miss them and the funny stories they tell us. I am also going to miss the staff and volunteers but, one thing I will not miss is Mattie’s Zucchini Bread! She gave me her recipe! Mattie was a volunteer cook for many, many years. We all love her dearly! She likes to spend time with her grand kids now but, sometimes she comes to visits and brings us her famous Zucchini Bread. Her book has been used so much it has lost it’s cover so I can’t give you the name of it. Actually, over half the book is missing but, the Zucchini Bread Recipe is there so I am very happy!

Zucchini Bread Recipe www.thebearfootbaker.comI am going to have a hard time finishing this post! My house smells wonderful after baking and the bread is inches away as I type! I love ya more than my zucchini bread so I will try very hard to finish for you! ;)

I don’t know who Lucille Strevel is or where she got this recipe but, I wish I could thank her! This zucchini bread is so good the recipe has to be shared!

Supplies for Zucchini Bread:
Zucchini Bread (Mattie’s Recipe)

Zucchini Bread (Mattie’s Recipe)

Ingredients

Zucchini Bread:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 1/2 c. chopped, walnuts or pecans
3 eggs
2 c sugar
1 c vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. coarsely shredded zucchini
1-8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
Zucchini Bread Icing
3 Tbls Butter
1 1/2 cups of light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup water
4 cups powdered sugar (I wanted my icing on the thin side so I only used 2 cups of powdered sugar. Add it slowly until you get the consistency you want.)
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Zucchini Bread
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine flour, soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nuts. Set aside.
Beat eggs lightly.
Next, add sugar, oil and vanilla.
Beat until creamy.
Stir in zucchini and pineapples.
Add the dry ingredients, only stirring until moistened.
Stir into 2 well-greased and floured loaf pans.
Depending on how deep your loaf pan is will determine your cooking time. I baked mine for 40 minutes but the recipe called for 1 hour. It is done when a toothpick is inserted into the center and comes out clean.
Zucchini Bread Icing
Bring 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 3 Tbls. butter and 1/4 cup water or milk to a boil.
Next, remove from heat and add powdered sugar and the vanilla and pour over your bread.
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Combine flour, soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nuts. Set aside.

Beat eggs lightly.

Next, add sugar, oil and vanilla.

Beat until creamy.

Stir in zucchini and pineapples. The pineapple is under the zucchini I promise! I would never forget he pineapples because it is what makes the bread super yummy!

Add the dry ingredients, only stirring until moistened.

Pour into 2 well-greased and floured loaf pans. I stirred mine a little more until the flour lumps disappeared.

Now for the icing!

Bring 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 3 Tbls. butter and 1/4 cup water or milk to a boil. You can use light or dark brown sugar. Either one works according to Mattie.

It will look like this! Next, remove from heat and add powdered sugar and the vanilla. I only used 2 cups of powdered sugar for my icing. I wanted it pour it over my bread instead of spreading it like icing. I didn’t take a photo of the added sugar and vanilla because, I was working really fast to get the drippy icing effect for my photo. It sets up very quick!

Zucchini-Bread-Recipe-with-www.thebearfootbaker.comIf you let the cake is cool and add warm icing, then the icing will get hard and be difficult to spread. I will always make mine thin and pour it on. I think it looks prettier also.

I hope you give this recipe a try because it is SO GOOD! Thanks Mattie and Lucille Strevel! I am going to go make some coffee, eat a piece of zucchini bread and take a nap! Life is so good!!!!!

Happy Creating,

I Met Sprinkle Bakes!

OK! Fate took over and I got to meet the awesome Sprinkle Bakes! It was like getting together with an old friend! Heather Baird is the author of “Sprinkle Bakes” and is an award winning blogger. She is from my home town and she had a book signing that I didn’t know anything about. This is where the fate part came in. I had to run to town with my co-worker Brenna and I saw the local newspaper by the door as I entered the store. I noticed cookies on the cover and grabbed it. Seriously, don’t you grab everything with cookies on it? Anyway, when I got in the car I opened and saw the Sprinkle Bakes book signing at 7pm that night.  I wanted to go!! Brenna told me I HAD to go. I didn’t know if I could leave camp in the middle of summer to do something just for me but, I did!  I left work, drove to Knoxville and I met Sprinkle Bakes!! It was AWESOME!

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Ruffled Butterfly Cookies

I saw a swimsuit at camp this year that made me giddy! A super cute camper had it on and it had the cutest ruffled butterfly on the front. My head started spinning with ideas on how to make it into a cookie. This is how I find inspiration. I constantly look at things around me and find cute things that are begging to be created into a cookies. These ruffled butterfly cookies are easy to make and would be great for birthday, baby shower, or Mother’s Day cookies.

Simple-Decorated-Sugar-Cookies-Ruffled-Butterfly-Cookies-www.thebearfootbaker.comI think the person who designed the swimsuit should start making cookies. I think they would make some awesome cookies!

Supplies for Ruffled Butterfly Cookies:

Orange Thick Icing (AmeriColor Orange Gel)
Pink Thick Icing (AmeriColor Gels-One tiny part Burgundy and equal pats of Deep Pink and Red)
2 – 102 Tips

Let’s talk about icing first. You want your icing to be thick enough to hold the ruffle. I use this Royal Icing Recipe and added a about a tablespoon less water than the recipe called for. When I took it out of the mixing bowl to make my colors, I didn’t water it down much at all. It is stiff enough to hold it’s shape and that is what you need to make a good ruffle.

Now, begin by making the center of the butterfly cookies with the color you want. I did some with the orange and some with the pink. Hold the bag so the skinny end of the 102 tip is up and the fat side is close to your cookie.

As you squeeze, the pressure you apply and the speed you move your piping bag will determine how the ruffles look. You might want to practice on parchment paper until you get the look you want. Pipe the butterfly body and let it dry for about 20  minutes.

Next, outline one wing with the opposite color icing.

Then, fill the wing with more ruffles.

Repeat the ruffles on the other wing.

How simple is that? I made a platter full of these in 15 minutes. I will make these again as soon as I possibly can. They were fun and I didn’t stress over perfect lines and smooth icing. Also, I have a new place for inspiration, the kids clothing department is full of cookie ideas!

If you want to see more butterfly cookies, check these out:
Ali Bee’s Bake Shop Beautiful Bridal Shower
Ali Bee’s Bake Shop Blue Butterflies Tutorial
Sweetopia Cookie Decorating Tutorial- General Tips & Butterfly Cookies
CookieCrazy Gone Buggy: Butterfly Cookie (Tutorial)
Haniela’s Butterfly Wedding Cookies

Happy Creating,

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treat

Isn’t Dot a great name for a ladybug? I didn’t think of it. Jon our Special Activities Director thought of it and I liked it so much I decided to make some Ladybug Rice Krispie Treat. Ladybug-Rice-Krispie-Treat-www.thebearfootbaker.comI saw this cute watermelon post from Glorious Treats. She was inspired by Dine and Dish‘s watermelons which inspired me to make my own version. I had to do it because they had me at “Rice Krispie Treats!”  Don’t you love the internet and how we all can inspire each other? I think it is a wonderful thing!

Supplies for Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats:

Rice Krispie Cereal
Marshmallows
Butter
Strawberry Kool-Aid or Red food color
Black food color
Cookie Sticks
Paper Straws
M & M’s

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats thebearfootbaker.comI followed the directions from Dine and Dish to make these but, I used a square pan instead of a round pan and I used Strawberry Kool-Aid for the body and Wilton Black Food Coloring for the head. I wanted the red on the ladybug really red and didn’t want to add a ton of food coloring. You can get her directions here. Or if you want to use food coloring like Glorious Treats click here.

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats thebearfootbaker.comWhen you add black food coloring to marshmallows, then pour them into Rice Krispies, this is what it looks like!

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats thebearfootbaker.comWhen you add Strawberry Kool-Aid to marshmallows, then add it to Rice Krispie Treats, this is what it looks like! I really wish you could smell these! It smells wonderful!! I don’t like change and was not sure if I would like strawberry treats but, I was pleasantly surprised! They are good! Kids will love you for making something fun and different and they can help with the next steps.

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats thebearfootbaker.comWith your lady bug cutter, cut a head out of the black Rice Krispies. I used a sharp knife to cut the black treats into strips so it would be easier to work with. Then, I cut it and smashed it into the head so it would be nice and round. Set it aside.

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats thebearfootbaker.comNext, cut the body out of the red Rice Krispies. Now off with his head!!! I couldn’t resist! Use a sharp knife and cut off her head!

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats thebearfootbaker.com

I found these straws at T.J.Maxx in the clearance isle this weekend. They are perfect for this project. If you don’t have a T.J.Maxx in your area, you can find them here. I inserted a cake pop stick into the straw for more support then slid it into the ladybug.

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats thebearfootbaker.comTime to assemble the little guy. Attach the head and M & M dots with royal icing. I liked the dots smashed into the body a little so it doesn’t look like they are just sitting on the bugs back. Also, be careful when you apply the icing and the M & M’s because it will ooze out the side and make ugly dots. Yes I know this from experience!

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats thebearfootbaker.comIsn’t she cute? I want to bite her little head off but, I think I will eat the dots first!

Ladybug Rice Krispie Treats thebearfootbaker.comThat’s it! I really enjoyed making these! It was fun and didn’t take long. I am sure they will disappear very fast! LOL

Bear hugs,

Camp…It’s what we do! (Part One)

I thought I would share a little of my “Camp Life” with you today. I know when I tell people that I work at a Summer Camp and Spiritual Retreat Center, they immediately think I ride horses and play in the lake all day. Well, I do ride horses and play in the lake but, there is so much more to it! It is one of the best jobs in the WORLD! The hours are long and the rewards are indescribable and the staff is AMAZING! Let me show you a few things we get the privileged to do!

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Parchment Paper Light Box for Natural Light

Yes, you read the title correctly! Did you know you can use parchment paper for more than baking? You can! I use it for all sorts of things but, the most unique is for my photography. Let’s face it, you can have the most beautiful cookies in the world and they can look bad because of poor photos. I will never be a professional photographer but, I am always looking for an inexpensive way to take better pictures. I came up with a Parchment Paper Light Box to see if I could use it in natural light. It is not pretty but MAN it works for me! I might invest in “real” photography equipment someday but, for now, this is what I use.

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The Bearfoot Baker Link Party #14 Summer

The Bearfoot Baker Link Party via www.thebearfootbaker.com
It is HOT outside! We have broke a few heat records here this year. The hottest day so far was 106 degrees! It is hot enough to melt the leaves off the trees! I bet your summer cookies are going to be much hotter than the weather!!  I can’t wait to see ice cream, watermelon, fishing, beach, picnic, Independence Day and other summer cookies you all have made! I know they are so HOT they are going to melt my computer screen!

If you are not sure how to upload a photo, you can see my new tutorial here. Upload as many cookies as you want!

Now for the rules:
1. It must be cookies you created!!
2. The link must go directly to your post, or your photo and not your Facebook page or homepage.
3. Nice stuff only, seriously, kids could be watching! And Santa is always watching!
4. No ads, shops, giveaways, etc… (they will be removed)



The theme for next week it CHARACTERS!

Bear hugs,

Patriotic Cupcakes with Rosettes

Do you decorate on the 4th of July? Do you hang cute banners on your porch? I want to be one of those people who have the flag blowing in the wind with the banners lining my porch handrails but, I don’t have a banister.  I want to rejoice in the festivities of Independence Day!! Every year, I long to rummage through box after box of cute decorations and find the perfect spot for them in my living room, kitchen and porch. With summer camp in full swing, I don’t have time. It makes me sad so I have to find new ways to show my patriotic side. This year is going to be different! I am gong to start in the kitchen and whip up some patriotic cupcakes.

Patriotic Cupcakes by thebearfootbaker.com

Have you ever heard of MyCakeSchool.com? Melissa and her mom show step by step videos on cake decorating. My kids got me a membership for my birthday this year and I learn something new everyday. You have to check it out! The membership is only $30 for the year and you get to watch all kinds of amazing how to videos. If you don’t want to join the classes, she also has a blog and shows how to make thing there also.  She gives me the courage and the skills to make cakes. I saw the video for the Buttercream Ruffles in Shades of Teal Video , knew I had to combine it with this banner.

Melissa and her mom, and this banner made my head spin. Not like the girl from The Exorcist or anything. It was a good spin!! The kind that makes you giggle and people stare at you. Then you stop giggling because you don’t want them to think your head is really going to spin like the girl in the movie! Anyway, I was totally inspired. Don’t you love when people inspire you? I sure do!!

Supplies for Patriotic Cupcakes:

Cupcakes in any flavor you like.
Red, White and Blue Buttercream Icing
White Nonpareils
Pixie Dust or Disco Dust
3 Rose tips #102, or 103
Jumbo White Sugar Pearls for the center of the cupcake
Red Greaseproof Baking Cups (I got mine at Bakers Stock)

There are a million buttercream icing recipes. You can use any one you like but, if you don’t have one you can click here for Glorious Treats recipe. Click here for Wilton’s Recipe. Click here for My Baking Addiction’s Recipe.

Then, make your red, white and blue icing. I used AmeriColor Royal Blue, Wilton No-Taste Red and AmeriColor White.
Once your icing is mixed, put each color into a piping bag fitted dwith the #102 or #103 tips. Either size will work for this project.

These patriotic cupcakes are great for beginner decorators because the rosettes are very forgiving.

  1. Squeeze a small amount of red icing into the center of the cupcake and add a white White Nonpareil to the center while the icing is still wet.
  2. With the white piping bag, put the fat end of the tip near the surface of the cupcake. The narrow end should be at the top and it will make a ruffle when you squeeze it.  As I squeezed the piping bag, I held the cupcake in my hand and spun it around as I piped the ruffle. To make the ruffles you can squeeze a little faster than you turn the cupcake. You might want to practice on parchment paper.
  3. Repeat with the blue. While the blue is still wet, add the nonpareils to the blue icing only.
Continue adding the rest of the ruffles and sprinkle with Disco or Pixie Dust.
Thanks Melissa and BeBe (Melissa’s mom) for inspiring me! You all are a great team and I can’t wait to see what you do next!
I hope you enjoy these patriotic cupcakes and I hope you have a great July 4th holiday.
If you like these cupcakes, you might also enjoy these patriotic themed desserts:
Happy Independence Day,