Mini zucchini loaves (with creamy browned butter icing) are a delicious treat or snack. This easy recipe makes 2 mini loaves, perfect for gift-giving!
Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs well. Add the granulated sugar to the eggs, and beat well again, until combined and sugar has dissolved. Stir vanilla extract and vegetable oil into the egg mixture, until fully combined. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the egg mixture, and stir the ingredients just until the mixture is combined. Add chopped walnuts (or pecans) and the grated, drained zucchini to the batter. Gently stir zucchini and nuts in, until combined. TIP TO DRAIN ZUCCHINI: Lay out several layers of paper towel, and place grated zucchini on top. Add a couple layers of paper towels on top of the zucchini, and press down to absorb lots of excess moisture.
Divide batter evenly into 2 greased mini sized bread loaf pans. Bake in 350°F oven for 40-45 minutes. Since oven temps vary greatly, be sure to check the loaves at 35 minutes, then 40 etc., to make sure they are done. To test "doneness", insert a toothpick into the top center of a loaf. If it comes out "clean" (with no wet batter hanging on for dear life), loaves are done. Transfer loaves to a wire rack to cool completely before removing from pan and covering with icing.
Melt butter in a skillet on medium low heat. Cook the butter at this temperature until the color starts to change slightly to golden brown. Once golden brown, lower the temperature to low heat. The milk solids will begin to turn into brown specks in the liquid. Continue cooking, taking care NOT to let it burn, until the butter is a deep brown color. Remove skillet from the heat.
Let the browned butter cool for 5-6 minutes, then add powdered sugar. Add cinnamon and vanilla, then thin the icing out by adding milk. Stir to combine. If necessary, add a tiny bit more milk, to create a spreadable consistency for the icing. Evenly divide the browned butter icing between the two mini zucchini loaves. Let the loaves sit for a few minutes, to give the icing a chance to firm up. Slice each mini loaf into 5 pieces, serve, and enjoy!
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