Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Okay, I’m caving.  I’m posting this recipe because I’ve been asked to.  Repeatedly.  And I would just like to say that it is not mine, I didn’t make it up, I just love making it!  This comes from a place called the Cabernet Inn in New Hampshire.  I’ve never been there, but it looks awesome.  Click to see!

Here’s the ingredients:

2 1/3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup chocolate chips
3 large eggs
1 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups unpeeled, grated zucchini (about 3 medium)

And here’s what you do:

Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a Large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa and chocolate chips. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs slightly. Whisk in oil and vanilla. Stir in zucchini and add mixture to dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Pour into 2 lightly greased loaf pans. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack for 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and remove bread from pans. Yield: 2 breads.

My notes:

I don’t change a thing.  Not a single stinkin thing.  It’s good toasted.  It’s good sliced and plain. It’s good with butter.  It’s good with ice cream.  It’s good crumbled up in vanilla yogurt.  It’s been stolen out of Scott’s lunch box by his boss. The batter is good eaten with a spoon.  Not that I would know, of course….one should never consume raw eggs…especially when eating cookie dough….

Expect the batter to be slightly runnier than banana bread.  But it’s oh-so-fudgy when it’s done.

I’ve made this bread with both peeled and unpeeled zucchini.  There are more green bits in it when you leave the zucchini unpeeled, but it doesn’t affect the flavor.  It’s interesting how you can see the shreds of zucchini in the batter before it’s baked, but I’ve never really seen it once the loaf is done.  Maybe it breaks down??  Lord only knows.  I’m no chemist…

Alright, there you have it!  Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

Peace, love, and cupcakes!

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