Saturday, August 29, 2009

Very Chocolate Zucchini Bread


Looking for a new way to use that zucchini growing rampantly in your (or your neighbor's) garden right now? Search no further! If you love chocolate, as I do, you will find yourself in a state of bliss when you taste this sweet bread. Turn those zukes that you've been trying to give away into something so tasty you'll want to make extra for your freezer.


After looking at zucchini bread recipes that sounded interesting but weren't hitting the mark for me, I compiled what I felt were the best parts of several and made my very own recipe.


Maybe it's not exactly 'health food' but the zucchini does give this bread a delicious moistness.

The recipe can be used in your mini loaf pan or muffins cups. I had enough batter for four small loaves and several muffins.


Very Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Recipe by Savoring Time in the Kitchen
Printable Recipe

Makes 4 mini-sized loaves plus several muffins.

2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups grated zucchini
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup coarsely broken walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease four mini loaf pans or muffin cups, if preferred.

In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate until melted. Stir occasionally until chocolate is smooth.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine eggs, sugar, oil, grated zucchini, vanilla and chocolate; beat well. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and cocoa powder. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts . Pour batter into prepared loaf pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean (trying not to hit a melted chocolate chip for a false reading). Muffins will be done in about 20 minutes.



20 comments:

  1. The bread and small brioches shapes look tantalizing for sure..Thank you Susan..and your gift from Cynthia is lovely..
    I feel spoiled when I use mine..I bet you do too:)Very pretty post~

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  2. I have an old favorite zucchini bread recipe I've used for years, but its time to try a new one. This sounds wonderful, Susan.

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  3. Oh, I can see how chocolatey is is! Looks so moist and delicious!
    Your Peggy Karr is so pretty too..Aren't we lucky to have such sweet friends!

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  4. I just came up with my own chocolate zuch bread too- and it's a lot like yours! Great minds think alike ;) Looks delicious!

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  5. Well a post labeled "very chocolate" has my attention immediately -- this bread looks FAB.
    As for not being health food -- you are wrong! Chocolate is definitely health food -- MENTAL HEALTH food!

    Cass

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  6. I thought I spied a PK in the first picture! Lovely gift :) Cynthia is a sweetheart! and your zucchini cake looks so good! Outstanding!

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  7. Ahhhh, Susan, I'm thrilled that you enjoy your PK.

    The zucchini bread looks delicious, and your skill at taking the best of several recipes and developing your own recipe completely awes me.

    I love you zucchini mosaic and the brioche shaped muffins are too cute.

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  8. Cute little muffin shaped minis for when you just want to pop one in your purse to snack on later in the day.
    Joyce

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  9. Finally a zucchini bread I would like ! ;) Tours looks delicious - I like the idea of the little muffins also.
    The PK plate is so cute - our Cynthia is such a doll!

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  10. Susan, now I will look forward to zucchini! I always end up with quite a bit, and now I know how to incorporate it with chocolate :-)

    Love your PK plate...every time I look at mine, I think of how special our Cynthia is.

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  11. I love zuchinni bread and have never had a chocolate version. This sounds wonderful and the tarlette version is so cute. I love the PK plate - I agree our Cynthia is simply a beautiful person...inside and out!

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  12. This is about the only way zucchini would get eaten by anyone but me here! Great sounding recipe Susan and you make it looks so cute!

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  13. Un cake favoloso!!! Originale e delizioso :-)

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  14. After years of trying I finally have not one zucchini, but two, so I am looking for delicious zucchini recipes and this one really seems to hit the mark for me since I love chocolate. Thanks, I'll try it.

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  15. I have to try this! I think it's pretty healthy...veggies you know. :-)

    Pat

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  16. What a wonderful recipe. I love that you bake some of them in the muffin tins. :) Nice portable ones and best way to portion control. Now, I know how to use up the zucchini from my in-law's garden!

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  17. I love your blog and I love your photography. I want to try so many of your dishes. I've never tried bread with vegetables in it, nor cakes. I might just have to give this a go next time I have a courgette going off

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    1. Thank you Feisty Tapas! Sweet breads with zucchini are very popular here in the U.S. during the growing season and they are very delicious ;) Hope you enjoy it!

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  18. Me ha encantado su receta y adoro los zucchini,aquí hay todo el año está super goloso ,saludos y abrazos

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