Jul 30, 2016

Saturday baking

And it's that wonderful cocoa aroma.  Instead of making the usual chocolate zucchini bundt cake that brings me to my knees, I tried something new.  Mark prefers nut breads or banana bread to cake so I gave this one a try.
(click for the recipe)
Good grief.  I already burned my mouth snatching a corner crumb.  The aroma is wonderful and waiting for it to cool is unbearable.  There is a difference in scratch cake made with cocoa and this one also adds chocolate chips.  The pan is dusted with cocoa instead of flour.  I was cooking with zucchini all day and left it shredded in colanders for over an hour, then double wrung in flour sack toweling.  The recipe doesn't specify to do that but I always do. The video states 325 degrees but the written portion states 350 which is what I used.  I think this will surpass the box cake bundt but I won't know until I consume at least half of the loaf.  That's the only way to get a really accurate analysis.
Tried a few new zuke recipes and still come back to this quiche (recipe here).  The pizzarelles Mark makes are addictive but I wanted something that freezes well for the excess.  An elderly friend gave him the recipe, made for wild mushrooms, and he called them pizzarelles.  Haven't met anyone yet that doesn't like them!
Dinner will be the stuffing mix meatloaf that Carole's friends rave about.  I always use the onion soup mix and we love that one, but thought I'd give this a try.  In the oven now. 
All the tops fit Carole and the best deal of the bunch was this $70 pink sweater with black beading and embroidery for $7.98.  A little short for her liking but I told her to wear a longer black blouse beneath and let it hang.  Seems to be the style now anyway.  Problem solved.  She stopped over on her way to dinner with the girls last night and she had on a top I had not seen before.  When asked, "it's new and really cheap from a catalog".  Looked nice to me!  Then today, she felt like a Panera and drove there for a sandwich!  Girl, you have no money!!  As I've said before, when people ask if I have children I answer, "yes, I have a 78 year old daughter".  She is a stinker.
Enjoy your weekend.
I hope to pick the next project and paint those boxes.


Barb said...

I can almost smell that chocolate loaf!!!! Let us know if it is as good as it looks!

Jacqueline said...

Thanks for the recipes. I am going to try both. And how was the meat loaf?

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I wish I was in your kitchen eating your bread! Moving is exhausting!

Vickie said...

Woo hoo! Guess who just printed off the Death By Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe?!? :D Thank You! I REALLY like Carole's pink top!!

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Making that bread tomorrow because it looks amazing and anything with zucchini must be healthy for me right?
I like Carole's top and your idea is spot on for the longer shirt.

CathieJ said...

I have never drained or wrung out my zucchini when making cake or bread. That chocolate Zucchini bread sounds delicious. I may have to try it.

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