If you are looking for a delicious recipe to use your garden cucumbers in – this is it! The Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread is made with 1 cup grated cucumber, similar to zucchini bread. A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked!
This weekend there were many surprises in the garden. The monster pumpkin plant just won’t stop growing. There was a 5 pound bag of potatoes waiting for us under the soil. Carrots were pulled. Jalapeno peppers were picked. Cucumbers were spotted. These are all vegetables I was hoping for, but maybe in a few weeks…. but in typical garden fashion, they make their own rules and showed up to the party early. I couldn’t have been more happy to see them!
I saw a few baby cucumbers growing on the vine last weekend but somehow those babies transformed to multiple large cucumbers in just a few days, ready to be picked and enjoyed. My Half Sour Pickle recipe is a favorite way to use cucumbers, but I was trying to figure out how to bake with them. This Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread was created because of that! This bread is similar to Zucchini Bread, but instead is made with grated cucumbers. After the bread cools, a delicious powdered sugar glaze is poured on top to make it really special. This is our new breakfast recipe that I’ll be making weekly until the cucumbers finish in the garden.
Now let’s get baking!
This recipe calls for 1 cup grated cucumber. If you have never grated a cucumber I’m going to walk you through it quickly. You’ll probably 2-3 small cucumbers or 1-2 large cucumbers to equal 1 cup.
Now you’re going to grate the cucumber until you get 1 cup worth. I use my cheese grater for this. Cucumbers are watery so this gets a little messy.
Note: Grated cucumber freezes great! So if you have a bunch of cucumbers, you can grate them, throw into individual 1 cup freezer bags and make this bread throughout the Winter!
Now, this is a important step that you can’t skip. Like I just mentioned, cucumbers are really watery. Cucumbers are 96% water to be exact. You can see in my measuring cup below how much water there is. After you grate your cucumbers, drain for 30 minutes. I do this with a mesh strainer over my sink. If you don’t drain, your bread batter is going to get watery and you don’t want that. After I drain for 30 minutes, I use my hand and press down on the grated cucumber just to make sure all the excess water is drained out.
My husband had no idea this was Cucumber Bread before declaring this was one of the best baked goods he’s ever tasted. His mind was blown when I told him.
Hope you all enjoy!
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup grated cucumber (peeled, seeds removed, drained) - see notes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix eggs, vegetable oil and sugar together with hand mixer.
- Add grated cucumber, vanilla and lemon juice. Stir with spoon to combine.
- Add flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves to bowl. Continue to sir with spoon.
- Add pecans into the bowl. These are optional but highly recommended! Stir again.
- Spray a 5x9 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Add batter into loaf pan.
- Bake for 60 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes. Remove and transfer to wire rack to completely cool.
- Mix powdered sugar and milk together in bowl with a spoon.
- Once bread is cool, pour glaze on top.
- To get 1 cup grated cucumbers: peel your cucumbers, remove the seeds and grate with cheese grater. After cucumbers are grated, drain them for 30 minutes to remove excess water.