The Charlotte News Recipe Box

Ethel Atkins’ Zucchini or Squash or Pumpkin Bread

From the recipe box of Betty Manning, submitted by Heather Manning.

Vegetable must be peeled, cubed, boiled then mashed.


4 eggs

1 cup oil (of your choosing)

1 cup sugar

1 cup zucchini, squash or pumpkin

2 teaspoons vanilla

¾ cup honey

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1½ cups nuts (optional)

Mix all ingredients and bake in 325-degree oven for one hour.

“This recipe was among many in the recipe box of my husband Buddy’s grandmother, Elizabeth (Betty) Wight Manning. “Granny” was a neighbor to Ethel Atkins on Greenbush Road from the mid-1970s until her passing in 2001. Ethel Atkins may have shared this recipe with Betty after one of the many “Summer Block Parties.”

Granny’s recipe box was passed on to me by my father-in-law, Wight Manning, when Betty’s estate was being settled. Just recently Buddy and I were going through the recipe box. He was pleased to recognize many names from Thompson’s Point where the Wight/Manning family owned a cottage and summered since the Point was established in the early 1900s. Buddy has many, many fond childhood memories at the Point and each name on a recipe card fostered a wonderful story of that person or family.”