I am so lucky to have a co-worker who brings me fresh goodies from her sister's farm. Last week yielded a boatload of sweet corn, cucumbers, onions and several yellow zucchini. Yellow zucchini? Hmmm...she called it summer squash, but it looked like zucchini to me. A normal person would have taken this bounty and made some fresh and healthy dishes. Oh, I'll get to that...but first things first. How about a nice zucchini bread?
I call this my "Summer Bounty". Believe me, I'll get to something a bit healthier...after we have dessert!
Now, my go-to zucchini bread recipe has been with me for over 30 years. It was the first recipe I got from my mother-in-law, and I absolutely love it. Today was a bit of a challenge for me, though. First, I've never used yellow zucchini before. Would it be the same? Next, out of all of the bags of chocolate chips in the cupboard, I was out of my mini-chocolate chips. :( I like the mini ones because they don't sink to the bottom of my bread. What to do? How about a little combo of things? I decided to use up my bag of cinnamon chips, only about 1/4 cup, (hey, they are kind of mini) and then supplement them with some milk chocolate chips. Lo and behold, I did find a few mini chocolate chips hiding in my foil loaf pan, so they went in, as well.
Will the world as we know it come to an end? I'm using two different brands and three different flavors, all in one recipe.
Here is the original recipe:
Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread
Servings: 2 loaves
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips (I use mini-chocolate chips, so they don't sink)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two loaf pans (I use the foil ones).
Mix together all of the ingredients except the zucchini and chocolate chips until well-blended. Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chips. Pour into the 2 loaf pans and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
This is a seriously easy recipe. Just load everything into the bowl (except the zucchini and chips) and mix it up!
Look at how pretty my yellow zucchini is. Maybe this will work out even better than the green.
I like to use the foil pans...easier to transport or give away.
Of course my husband wanted to cut into it two minutes after it was out of the oven. I had to shoo him away....I recommend cooling completely before slicing.
Final verdict? Yellow zucchini=good. Cinnamon chips=really good (more next time). Milk Chocolate Chips=meh, they mostly sunk to the bottom (will stick to Mini Semi-Sweet Chips).