Monday, July 28, 2008

What to do with all that Zucchini

I'm afraid the flower pics will have to wait until next time, as I'm currently swamped with the green wonder vegetable - zucchini. This weekend I made 4 loaves of zucchini (2 different recipes) bread, zucchini chocolate cake (a bit dry, but rich), and fried zucchini cakes (a bit too garlicky even for me). I'm going to try making the chocolate cake again without pouring off any of the juice from grating the zucchini.

I liked both bread recipes, but they were very different. One was more like a banana bread and the kids seemed to like it better - it was gone so fast I didn't get any pictures. It was also a little better for you because it had applesauce.

Zucchini Bread

1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c oil
2 c grated, peeled zucchini
1/2 c applesauce
1 tsp salt
2 c sugar
3 c flour

Mix altogether and pour into two greased and floured pans. Optional: sprinkle tops with semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. Bake at 325 for one hour. Great with a little butter.

As for the cake, I'll post the recipe after further tweaking - it's just too dense and dry. That didn't stop Ellie from trying to get her share. A little shout out - does anyone have a frosting recipe they like? I'm not one for frosting-in-a-can. Actually, I don't really like frosting, but if I'm going to eat it it's got to be made fresh. Stop by The Lazy Organizer's new bloggy house for more TAT.


Claudious said...

I didn't even know you could make a Zucchini chocolate cake, I bet that's brilliant, I've always enjoyed a good Zucchini bread.

I really enjoyed your 100 things post.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea you could make zucchini chocolate cake either!

I love zucchini bread, it's pretty tasty.

b. said...

Thanks for posting this!
I needed it.
We came home to some really big zuck's.
How big is too big to save, do you know?

Dreamer said...

We are being overcome by this green wonder too. I have found lots of ways to use it over the past couple of weeks you'll have to check out my post a few weeks ago about it.

I never thought of chocolate cake though. Sounds divine!

Anonymous said...

I will be waiting oh-so-patiently for the zuchini chocolate cake recipe. Think my girls will care if their birthday cakes have vegetables in them?

b. said...

BTW...zucchini is very sticky.

Mrs. Organic said...

I definitely peel them - it's easier to hide them that way. This cake tastes just like chocolate cake. My frosting needs a little work though.

No problem, I'm happy to be the guinea pig.

Also, glad you enjoyed the 100 things - it was fun to do.

Marni Hall said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Just the other day I had a friend tell me she grates up all that excess zuccini and freezes it in bags that are already measured for her recipe. I thought it was a great idea, but didn't have any great recipe to go off of. Now I do!

Alisha said...

zucchini is the wonder veggie that will masquerade in almost anything! i'll have to post some of our fav recipes. i have a good cream cheese frosting recipe - not sure how it would turn out as chocolate. i do have an amazing chocolate ganache recipe (you may recall it from the hazelnut cake).

anyway, i'm glad you're getting lots of zukes - they are great.

Mrs. Organic said...

alisha - please, post away! This frosting turned out the texture of a ganache, but I'm looking for something more fluffy. Any ideas?

The Lazy Organizer said...

Mmmm, that looks good! My husband brought a chocolate cake home last week that had way too much frosting. I like frosting but it can also ruin a good cake.

Anonymous said...

DANG that looks GOOD!

Gaidig said...

At our house, we make I-can't-believe-it's-not-crab-cakes with our zucchini. I think they're fabulous, and my two housemates from Maryland agree.