Monday, August 29, 2011

Menu Monday! Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This weekend, I had multiple requests for a zucchini bread recipe.  I asked, "Chocolate or Regular?" Um, hello?? You mention "chocolate" on twitter and all heck breaks loose!  So, I decided to turn the request into a blog post (aren't I a good little blogger?).  Now, I should preface this my saying that I am NOT a professional cook.  My attempts at food photography SUCK.  And I'm not a registered dietitian or anything so you'll get no nutrition info.  If you want to figure it out, I believe there are sites that will do it for you if you plug in the ingredients.

So, without further ado...Chocolate Zucchini Bread

(this recipe makes 3 loaves - if you only want 1, do the math)

3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil (yes, you read that correctly - the original recipe called for MORE)
2 TBSP margarine, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
3 cups shredded zucchini (about 3 medium sized ones)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350* and grease/flour 3 8"x4"x2" loaf pans.
Step 2: Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Step 3: Combine wet ingredients in another bowl.

Step 4:  Add wet ingredients to dry in the large bowl.  Combine well.  Don't worry - it will look really dry.  This is perfectly normal.

Step 5: Find a couple of huge, mutant zucchini from your garden.

Really, you just need about 3 cups of shredded zucchini, but this IS a great use for those zuc's that get too big to eat because they'll taste nasty.  And, yes, I have an old-school Salad Shooter and I use it all the freaking time.

Step 6:  Fold the shredded zucchini into the batter and mix well.  See how much moister (it's a word, I promise) the batter looks now!

Step 7: Pour the mixture into your prepared pans (mine are actually a little too big - yours should be more filled up than this). 

Step 8:  Bake at 350* for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes then remove from pans to a wire rack.

This is SOOOO good.  My son used to love it until his sister told him it had zucchini in it. I promise, if you don't tell your kids that the zucchini is there (and they don't watch you making this) you can just call it "Chocolate Bread" and they'll eat it up.  

I hope you love it.  It's definitely NOT lo-cal :-)

So, what do you think?  Would you like to see recipes posted on a "fairly" regular basis here?  Any particular recipe requests?  I'd love to hear what you all have to say.

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