Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

So the other day we made these awesome beer batter onion rings, and they were really good. But, apparently an entire dutch oven full of oil makes your apartment smell like a fast food joint. And, it doesn't matter how much air freshener you spray, or how many candles you light, or how long you leave the sliding glass door open, the smell is incredibly persistent. So i figured that the best thing to do would be to bake something else that actually smells good. This is a pretty awesome recipe from Paula Dean, and I think I've finally abolished the fast-food smell from my pad.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread: 
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon orange zest (I used lemon zest)

Whipped cream and Zucchini ribbons for serving (I left these off to be healthier)

Start by preheating oven at 350 degrees F. Grease (2) 9 by 5-inch loaf pans.

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda.

In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, and continue beating until well blended. Stir in oil, vanilla, zucchini, pecans, chocolate chips, and orange zest (I didn't have any oranges, so I used lemon zest). Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pans.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove loaves from pans and cool. Chill before slicing. Serve with whipped cream and ribbons of zucchini.

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