Monday, July 28, 2008

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I love zucchini. And so last week, after finding a great recipe online, I decided to make Chocolate Zucchini Bread. For some reason, I decided to double the recipe and make multiple loafs, so I could then drive around town playing Santa, delivering bread to friends.

The bread was great. Tasted very much like chocolate cake, moist and chocolaty, but with the added nutrients of vegetables.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
3 eggs
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour

Heat oven to 350°F. Melt together butter and chocolate over medium heat in a double boiler. When melted remove from heat. Mix in mascarpone cheese until it melts in with the chocolate mixture. Place mixture into a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix in sugars, zucchini, eggs and vanilla on low speed until well combined. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl. Then add the buttermilk. Then add the remaining dry ingredients. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8×4-inch loaf pans. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes (about 20-25 minutes for mini loaves) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pans and continue to cool on wire rack.

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