Last night I got in one of my funky baking spells (the kind that starts somewhere around 11pm) so I'm up in the wee hours of the morn waiting for the magic that's happening in my oven. The smell of chocolate baking is marvelous.
I have to give credit for the inspiration to bake this to my friend Stephanie who made it the other day and sent pics. Those pics taunted me. She sent the link for the recipe which is from the Joy of Baking.
It was simple enough to put together. As I was grating the zucchinis, it occurred to me that I've never made any sort of zucchini bread...had slices from other sweet cooks from time to time, but never baked it. Since my friend declared this recipe "da bomb", I figure I'll share.
1 1/2 cups shredded raw zucchini (about 1/2 pound or 227 grams)
1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (45 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted (not Dutch-processed)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup (120 ml) safflower or canola oil
1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated white sugar
1/2 cup (105 grams) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup (125 grams) semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Grease or spray a 9 x 5 x 3 inch (23 x 13 x 8 cm) loaf pan. Set aside
Grate the zucchini using a medium sized grater. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and ground allspice. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the oil, sugars, eggs, and vanilla extract until well blended (about 2 minutes). Fold in the grated zucchini.Add the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake until the bread has risen and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55-65 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove the bread from the pan and cool completely.
Makes one - 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf.