|ZUCCHINI BREAD IN CUPCAKE SHAPE WITH VANILLA CREAM CHEESE FROSTING|
I enjoy baking and sharing an old family favorite Zucchini Bread recipe. Several times each year this recipe is used, varied slightly depending on mix-ins, or shape, or whether or not it is frosted or glazed or sprinkled with powdered sugar. No matter the size or variety it always bakes nicely and always tastes great. It is moist and forgiving...even my young children successfully used this recipe. Sometimes we add a little orange zest and juice to the frosting, and we've been known to add drained, crushed pineapple, minced apple, or other fruits. This recipe works just fine if a little more zucchini gets added, or an extra egg needs to be used.
Recently Jeni, my number 5 daughter, came home to bake several loaves using this recipe. We had a great day together and were rewarded with delicious bread. It was a memorable mother/daughter day. One of life's treasures. She chose to use only cinnamon as a spice, and it was delicious.
|THE LOAVES THAT DIDN'T GET EATEN IMMEDIATELY WERE FROSTED|
Today I used the recipe to make cupcakes which were wonderful. I added pecans and chocolate chips. I topped them with a cream cheese, vanilla frosting and shared them with friends, family, and the office folks. To frost the 70 cupcakes I made today, I used the following amounts for my cream cheese frosting:
1 C unsalted butter, softened
2 packages (8 oz) full fat cream cheese
2 T vanilla extract
1/2 of the bag of powdered sugar I get at Costco...depending on how stiff I want the frosting I may use a little more or less. Today I wanted a soft frosting that was stiff enough to keep a piped shape.
A little cream may be added if moisture is needed (or fresh orange juice)
This zucchini bread recipe which has been in our family forever is similar to many others. I've personally used my old handwritten recipe card for at least 35 years.
ZUCCHINI BREAD FROM KRIS' KITCHEN
Butter and Flour 2 loaf pans, or whatever pans you choose...mini, muffin, etc. For muffin, I use paper liners.
Gather all ingredients
Grate 4 generous C fresh zucchini
Preheat oven 350^
beat together in a mixer:
6 large eggs
4 C sugar
Add and continue beating:
2 C vegetable oil such an canola oil beat about 2 minutes
Add 4 t vanilla
In a separate large bowl sift and mix together:
6 C all purpose flour
2 t salt
2 t nutmeg–or less
1 t cloves–optional
6 t which is 2 T cinnamon
1 t baking powder
2 t baking soda
1 C chocolate chips
1 C chopped walnuts or pecans
1 C Raisins or dried cranberries or chopped dates
Add wet ingredients to dry, mix until almost moistened; add grated zucchini and mix just until together...do not overmix. If adding nuts, etc, add the mix-ins after incorporating the dry ingredients. (Can mix in with dry ingredients, however, this leaves a flour coating on nuts and dried fruits.)
|HOT OUT OF THE OVEN--THESE LOAVES DISAPPEAR IN A DAY|
Bake muffins about 20 minutes, a good sized loaf 40+ minutes. Done when a pick comes out clean, tops are a little browned, and tops spring back when touched.
|KA Chocolate Zucchini Cake|
Chocolate Zucchini Cake, Adapted from KA Flour Recipes, online
|MY DELICIOUS TASTE|
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sour cream, buttermilk, or yogurt...I used buttermilk
2 1/2 cups Flour
3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
2 cups shredded zucchini (1 large z, will be produce this amount)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chocolate chips, for icing
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lighlty butter a 9" x 13" pan.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, oil, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat in the eggs.
Stir in the sour cream, buttermilk, or yogurt alternately with the flour. Then add the cocoa, mixing till smooth. Last, fold in the zucchini and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. (I'm generous on the C.C.)
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, till the top springs back lightly when touched, and it is set. Remove the cake from the oven, sprinkle it evenly with the 1 cup chocolate chips, and return it to the oven for 5 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven, and use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate chips into a smooth glaze. Cool on a rack. Yield: 24 servings.
I sprinkled with sugar crystals for extra sparkle as was suggested by KA flour. We loved this crunchy addition which added a special touch.