When the garden gives your zucchini, make Chocolate Zucchini Bread!

12 Aug

 

 

One of the joys of having a vegetable garden is that you know exactly what went on in the growing of those veggies. The other joy is getting virtually free food, right from your own back (or side) yard, from space that would otherwise be grass or weeds. This year, I planted about 10 total squash plants.  A mix of crookneck, zucchini, and what I THOUGHT were yellow squash but turned out to be mislabeled croocknecks. Production was going pretty good once the bees started pollinating the flowers, but the plants are all now starting to die and will need ripped out and replaced with a second crop of squash – the butternut variety! But for right now, I still have a bin full of the zucchini and crooknecks, so I decided to whip up another batch of Chocolate Zucchini Bread. The first batch was delicious, and since it was such a hit, I decided to make another batch. Hopefully this round lasts a little longer.

This bread is moist and has a nice crumb without being soggy like some zucchini breads. The chocolate flavor from the cocoa powder is rich and deep without being overpowering. All in all, I’d say this bread is a winner in my book and will probably be made just one more time before I run out of zucchini.  The picture doesn’t do it justice. Seriously. You should make it just so you can see the loveliness that is this bread with your own eyes.

Enjoy!

chocolate zucchini bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

makes 2 loaves

adapted from Simply Recipes

  • 4 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour – I use King Arthur brand
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup butter, melted

Place your shredded zucchini in a colander or sieve placed over a bowl and let drain for 30 minutes.

While your zucchini is draining, preheat your over to 350 degrees. Grease 2 loaf pans with butter and a little flour to prevent sticking

In a small bowl, add your flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and kosher salt. Whisk together until well blended, with no lumps.
In a large bowl, add your eggs and sugar, whisking until smooth. Add your vanilla extract, whisking until incorporated. Last, add your butter, and whisk until smooth.

Add your shredded and drained zucchini to your wet mixture, stirring to combine. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, stirring to combine completely after each addition.

Spoon the mixture into your 2 loaf pans, evenly divided between the two. Smooth out the tops with the back of your spoon so it’s level.

Place pans in oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely before slicing. Try not to devour it.

I don’t know how long this bread will last, other than a week since that is all the longer it took for the hubs to devour both loaves. Since it makes 2, you can store one in the freezer for later consumption. Just wrap in a double layer of plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn and store. To thaw, remove from freezer and place in fridge overnight.

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6 Responses to “When the garden gives your zucchini, make Chocolate Zucchini Bread!”

  1. Eileen August 13, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    This sounds fabulous! My mom used to make all kinds of different zucchini breads–I haven’t had a chocolate one in a very long time. Yay!

    • seasonedwithsarcasm August 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

      It really is delicious Eileen! That’s awesome your mom made all different kinds of bread! What a great way to use up an abundance of zukes!

  2. Conrad (The Wine Wankers) August 15, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    I had way more zucchini than I could even give away last season (I think people got sick of the deliveries) so this is a great idea. Cheers.

    • seasonedwithsarcasm August 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      Thanks Conrad! It’s a delicious way to use up some of that garden bounty. I’m going to be making these all winter with the shredded zucchini that I froze!

  3. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy August 16, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    I just took my mom a pile of zucchini in return for some of her chocolate zucchini bread. Im not sure why Ive never made it myself. Probably because I can always talk mom into doing it for me. I should still give it a try – I like that there is some cinnamon in with the chocolate.

    • seasonedwithsarcasm August 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

      I think if you can get someone else to bake you a loaf of delicious bread, why not??? But certainly give it a try on your own. This recipe has quickly become a house favorite. The husband doesn’t really share it, consuming the 2 loaves for breakfast and as dessert after dinner!

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