Thursday, September 16, 2010

Zucchini + Chocolate + Olive Oil Bread

Before late Summer turns into early Fall there are just a few more things on the docket prior to whipping out the fake cobwebs and pumpkin hoo-haw lattes, namely doing something resourceful with overgrown promiscuous squash. While my buddy Cathy of the Gastronomy Blog made Korean Zucchini Pancakes with her huge a$$ zuke, my sweet tooth brain (maybe the larger one?) took over and told me to make zucchini bread. Inspired by my new PDX blogger friend, Nicolette's, of Sweet Little Sasquach, recipe for Late Summer Zucchini Bread, I made a version using some of my favorite ingredients: olive oil and chocolate. The cake bread turned out moist, delicious and downright addictive. The olive oil helped to round out the chocolate and zucchini flavors, as well as adding another level of richness. I'm looking for one more overgrown zuke to make another batch before it's too late...

Zucchini + Chocolate + Olive Oil Bread

2 cups of grated, packed zucchini
1/3 cup fruity extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2-3/4 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F and butter or oil your baking pan. Bake this bread in your standard loaf pan with the oven rack set in the top third of the oven. 
Place grated zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and gently squeeze out the excess moisture and set aside. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat together the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla until well combined and smooth. In a medium size bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Alternating with the zucchini, add the dry ingredients to the sugar and egg mixture. Combine until all ingredients are well mixed. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into your prepared dish. Bake at 350°F for about 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let rest until cool.

*Zucchini bought from my local neighborhood's very own backyard produce stand


elra said...

Delicious looking bread Anna, chocolate and zucchini are so unique together.

Esi said...

I really like zucchini bread. I'm sure adding chocolate and olive oil just makes it so much better.

Fritos and Foie Gras said...

this actually may turn me-a zucchini bread hater-into a devoted follower! It looks amazing!

stuffycheaks said...

i just had the olive oil cakes at Mozza, now I'm wishing they added choc chips!

Helen said...

Of course, chocolate goes well with everything! Chocolate and zucchini is a great combo. And olive oil goes well with pretty much everything too. Ever try drizling olive oil over vanilla ice cream and sprinkling it with a bit of fleur de sel. Yum!

Ivy said...

Sounds very interesting. I've seen a few recipes with zucchini bread but never attempted to try one as it sounds like a weird combination but I take your word for it and might try it one day.

tobias cooks! said...

Great combo of tastes. I love this bread.

Diana said...

Hah, I just posted about a zucchini recipe too! Though mine was, like Cathy's, also savory.

I really need to make my mom's zucchini bread before the season is over. It's sooooo goooood.

Gastronomer said...

Thank goodness for over-grown zukes! Wish you were around to share a slice of "cake."

Nicolette said...

Great additions to the bread! Just the thought of chocolate zucchini bread makes my tummy rumble. Good thing the zucchinis are still growing like crazy :) Thanks for the link, too!

Anna A. said...

Elra - Thanks, yes, who would have thought this combo could make magic happen?

Esi - zucchini bread is my favorite (over banana, no doubt)!

Fritos and Foie Gras - You must like banana bread then? Glad you changed your mind!

Stuffycheaks - Stop your Mozza teasing already!

Helen - I really need to drizzle olive oil over ice cream (never done it!)- I will do it soon, in honor of you, Greek sista from another mista ;)

Ivy - Hah, really, you think it's weird? I'm sure you'd make an amazing bread!

Tobias - +1 for team zucchini

Diana - haha I just saw that. We are totally on the same wave length!

Gastronomer - Wish you were around to flop jack me over one of those korean pancakes!

Nicolette - Yes, thank goodness for the last harvest! I will be on the hunt this week for some farmers market zukes.Thanks for inspiring me!

Kathleen said...

What a lovely looking bread!

Anna A. said...

Kathleen - Thank you and thanks for stopping by!