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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

What else Can I do With it?

We picked up our weekly CSA delivery yesterday.

CSA 07 16
(like before, click for details)
Lots of goodies (some I'm not quite sure what they are yet!) - a beautiful head of lettuce (along with 2 other green leaf and a romaine!), and blueberries! Zucchini also was included. Because I have grown it before, I know zucchini's "zest" for growing. I still have some of last weeks.

After making the Zucchini Chocolate Fudge Cake last week, I needed to make something different that would use a significant amount of zucchini as it was piling up! I looked at a few different zucchini bread recipes, and not being happy with any of them, I made up my own using little bits from bunches of on line and book recipes I read. Turned out pretty yummy.
zucchini bread
Not too dense, and very moist.

Zucchini Bread
3 1/4 C Flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 C sugar
3/4 C canola oil
3 eggs
1/3 C water
2 1/2 C (packed) grated zucchini (I left peel on)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, stirring well to combine. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs slightly, then add remaining ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Bake in two standard loaf pans that have been sprayed with nonstick spray. Cook about 1 hour until a tester comes out clean.

Zucchini Chocolate Fudge Cake
4 eggs
2 3/4 C sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 C butter or margarine softened
3 C flour
1/2 C unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 C buttermilk (or 1 C milk with a little added vinegar, let stand)
3 C (packed) shredded zucchini

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the eggs, sugar and butter, add in the buttermilk. Combine the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients into the dry. Fold in the zucchini. Pour into greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

There was a frosting recipe included also, but it was really good just dusting the top with powdered sugar.


PS - I had a highly unusual case of startitis last night. Details tomorrow.
PPS - If anyone has any really good zucchini recipes, forward them on! I did see a zucchini cake in my Nigella Lawson cookbook that may warrant a try this weekend.