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Braided Zucchini Yeast Bread

Zucchini Yeast Bread is a nice change of pace from the more typical quick-bread, cakey style zucchini breads. Pureed zucchini adds great flavor, moisture and texture to this tasty yeast-risen bread.

zucchini yeast bread

This is a recipe I’ve been working on for a while. Because I belong to a co-op farm I get LOTS of zucchini, all summer long. I’m always looking for new ways to use the prolific squash. I mean, there are only so many spiralized salads a gal can eat!

When I use zucchini for baking I basically treat it as added water, since that’s mostly what zucchini is made of. Because it doesn’t have a very pronounced flavor, zucchini is easy to slip it into all sorts of recipes.

For my Zucchini Yeast Bread I simply replaced some of the water in a fairly basic bread dough with zucchini. The first few times I made the bread I used shredded zucchini.

The shredded zucchini was breaking up the gluten, so I tried making a zucchini puree and that did the trick. Now I had a bread that was soft and moist with a very slight vegetable flavor from the zucchini.

All that was left to do was make a pretty braid, top it with some cheese, bake until golden brown, and enjoy! We ate it with a green salad and smoked salmon for a light dinner. Perfect!


ingredients for zucchini yeast bread in glass bowls on a white surface.

How to make Zucchini Yeast Bread

See the recipe card for detailed measurements and instructions.

purees zucchini in a food processor
  • Puree the zucchini in a food processor until it looks like apple sauce.
bread dough made with pureed zucchini
  • Use the zucchini puree as moisture for the dough.
  • Mix the dough and set it aside for the first rise.
three strands of dough for braiding bread
  • After the first rise knead the dough and split it into 3 equal pieces.
  • Braid the three sections into one loaf. Set it aside to rise until doubled in volume.
  • After the loaf is risen, brush it with egg wash and sprinkle with parmesan cheese before baking.


The bread is best the day that it is baked. It will keep at room temperature for 1 day. Leftovers can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Braided Zucchini Yeast Bread

Fresh zucchini puree gives bread great moisture and flavor. This recipe makes 1 large loaf.
Prep Time30 minutes
Bake Time25 minutes
Rising Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 55 minutes
16 slices


  • 8 oz zucchini (about 1 large)
  • 4 oz warm water (½ cup)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 15 oz bread flour (3 cups)
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Puree 8 oz zucchini in a food processor until it looks like apple sauce.
  • Combine zucchini puree, 4 oz warm water, 2 ¼ teaspoons dry yeast, 1 teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon black pepper and 1 large egg in a mixer bowl. Mix on low speed to combine. Add 2 cups of flour and mix 2 minutes to form a thick batter. Switch to the dough hook. Add the remaining flour a little at a time, until the dough gathers onto the hook and clears the sides of the bowl. Knead for 5 minutes. If working by hand, add as much flour as you can with a wooden spoon the turn the dough out onto a floured surface to finish kneading in the remaining flour.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead into a smooth ball. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover the bowl and set aside to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, knead a few times and divide into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a 14" long rope. Braid the three ropes, pinching each end to seal together and set the loaf onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap which has been oiled to prevent sticking. Set aside in a warm place for about 1 hour until the dough has almost doubled in volume and springs back slowly when poked.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 °F. Brush the loaf with egg wash, Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese or garnish of your choice. Bake about 30-35 minutes until golden brown and the interior temp is about 200 °F.


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Serving: 1slices | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Very very delicious. Nice flavor and texture. Sandwich bread. I want to try adding herbs and garlic. Freezes and reheats easy and efficiently.

Eileen Gray

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Herbs and or garlic would be a nice addition to the bread.


Saturday 22nd of April 2023

Why not make zucchini flour to use instead of pureed zucchini?

Karen l brown

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Is the 8 oz of zuchinni fluid , 1 cup or wt. = 1/2 lb

Eileen Gray

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

I started with a zucchini that weighed about 8 oz (weight).


Saturday 10th of October 2020

I am planning on making this loaf. Do you need some sugar or honey to activate the yeast? If so, how much would you use?

Eileen Gray

Sunday 11th of October 2020

It's not necessary to use sugar to "activate" the yeast. There's plenty of food for the yeast in the flour. If your yeast is old and past it's "use by" date you can check if it's still active by mixing it with water and sugar, but otherwise it's not necessary.

All That's Left Are The Crumbs

Sunday 27th of August 2017

I love zucchini and I wish I knew someone who had an abundance each summer. Such a beautiful loaf of bread.

Eileen Gray

Sunday 27th of August 2017

Thanks! I don't know where you are, but here there's always too much zucchini through the summer.