1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup brown sugar (regular white sugar can also be used)
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups grated fresh zucchini
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp mixed spice (you can either add the bottled one or prepare a powder of dry roasted, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg)
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
Preheat the oven at 175 degree celsius. Butter a large loaf pan and keep it aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Squeeze out the excess water from the Zucchini as much as possible and stir in the grated zucchini and then the melted butter. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over the mixture and stir it in. Add the flour, a little at a time, stirring after each incorporation. Sprinkle in the spice mix over the batter and mix. Fold in the nuts and dried cranberries or raisins if using.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes (check for doneness at 35-40 minutes) or until a wooden pick inserted in to the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire rack to cool thoroughly. Can be stored in airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy either warm or cold with your favorite cup of tea/coffee.