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Monday, August 10, 2015

Cooking with Marie & Mel - Zucchini Bread




It's that time of year again, when co-workers, friends, neighbors and sometimes even strangers give you gifts from their gardens!  If you are anything like Marie, you know you want a large zucchini to turn into a yummy loaf of carbs, but you don't know how to get there.  Well, welcome to cooking with Marie and Mel!

Last week Lee brought Marie two gargantuan zucchinis, so she texted me and a plan was hatched.  We poured some wine and got down to business.

We started out as we typically do, with Marie reading the recipe 76 times.




We were baking at my house this time, so it took Marie a little bit to get the lay of the land.




I left her alone to figure most of it out because I was already a glass of wine ahead of her and American Ninja Warrior was on TV.




First she mixed together all of the dry ingredients.




Next she had to gather the rest of the ingredients and beat them together.  




I left my cat Bus Stop to supervise.

  


He didn't do a very good job because he let Marie use a teeny tiny bowl and then we ended up transferring it all to a bigger bowl.  Can't trust that cat to do anything.  




Meanwhile, I shredded up the zucchini.  




Marie smelled all the ingredients.  This is an important part of her process.  




Next Marie beat together the eggs oil and sugar until they were light and fluffy, then added the dry ingredients.



Then it was time to fold in the chocolate chips.  




You should always test them first, to make sure they are edible.




We lined two loaf pans with parchment paper and sprayed them with cooking spray.




Then Marie evenly divided the batter between the two pans.




Making sure she didn't waste any of the batter.




Marie placed them in the oven where they baked for the next 50-60 minutes.




Then we relaxed and hydrated while our bread baked.




We watched Bus Stop try to drag Marie's shoes to his water bowl.




Before we knew it the bread was done!  We cooled it on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.



Then we enjoyed it with some butter and another glass of wine!



Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Yield: 2 loaves

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 50 min

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two 9x5-inch loaf pans with parchment paper then grease the parchment paper with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vegetable oil, sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined. (The batter will be very thick.) Fold in the grated zucchini and chocolate chips.
Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove the loaves from the oven and allow them to cool for 20 minutes in the pans then transfer them a cooling rack to cool completely. Slice and serve.

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