Zucchini! Reply

We are having zucchini every day, isn’t that what August is all about?!  Baking before we left for the coast was one way to stay ahead. 🙂

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We are having zucchini:

  • Sauteed, with peppers, onions, tomatoes, garlic, fresh oregano
  • Baked with cumin, some other veggies and broiled to brown cheddar on top
  • Baked with basil, tomatoes etc., and broiled mozzarella topping
  • Shredded with chopped green onions into pancakes
  • Sauteed with whatever else is handy, including from the CSA bag, over really high heat, browning but still crunchy, then S&P, drizzled with balsamic.  And some sauteed, almost still crunchy garbanzoes.
  • Spears to dip into homemade hummus
  • Fresh salads, with those REAL SUMMER TOMATOES!!

The zucchini bread recipe came from 101 Cookbooks, a cool veggie blog from ~San Francisco area? I was not really brave enough to put in the cumin, curry, coriander etc., but used cardamom, wimped out- but no cinnamon!

The chocolate cake recipe was from church, the former choir director’s wife, thanks Joyce!

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

½ c. unsalted butter at room temperature
2 c. AP flour
½ c. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
1 t. baking soda
½ t. baking powder
½ t. fine sea salt
1 c. (packed) light brown sugar
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1 t. instant coffee granules
3 large eggs
2 c. unpeeled grated zucchini
1 c. chocolate chips
Confectioners’ sugar or melted bittersweet chocolate (optional)

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 10-inch springform pan with butter or oil.
  • Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Process the sugar and butter until creamy (you can also do this by hand, armed with a sturdy spatula). Add the vanilla, coffee granules, and eggs, mixing well between each addition.
  • Reserve a cup of the flour mixture and add the rest to the egg mixture. Mix until just combined; the batter will be thick.
  • Add the zucchini and chocolate chips to the reserved flour mixture and toss to coat. Fold into the batter and blend with a wooden spoon—don’t overmix. Pour into the prepared cake pan and level the surface with a spatula.
  • Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Transfer to a rack to cool for 10 minutes, run a knife around the pan to loosen the cake, and unclasp the sides of the pan. Let cool to room temperature before serving.
  • Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, glaze with melted chocolate.
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