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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer Recipes

Hello! The gardens are flourishing, and I already have zucchini ready to pick. So I'm going to share a couple of my favorite recipes for using those fresh & tasty treats that always grow in such great abundance. 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
3 eggs-
3/4 cup vegetable oil-
1/2 cup sugar-
2 cups shredded zucchini-
2/3 cup brown sugar-
2 tsp vanilla extract-
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder-
3 cups flour-
1-1/2 tsp baking powder-
1 tsp baking soda-
1 tsp salt-
1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans, optional)

Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside.  Beat eggs in a big bowl; add the rest of the ingredients,

including the dry mixture, and mix well.  Add a heaping cup of chocolate chips and mix in.  Spray 2 bread pans
with Pam, or grease with shortening or vegetable oil.  Pour the batter into the 2 pans and bake in a 325 oven
for about an hour.  I usually have to give it an extra 5-10 minutes (I have an electric oven).  Cool (or serve
warm a la mode!) and enjoy!

Zucchini Raisin Bread
Mix together:
3 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

Then add:
3 beaten eggs
2 cups shredded zucchini
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup raisins or currants
1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix well, divide between two greased bread pans.
Bake about an hour at 350, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

I hope you'll give both of these delicious receipes a try. If you do, please stop by and tell me what you think. :-)

I'd like to share a picture before I go. This is one of the several flower beds my mother-in-law works so diligently to keep pretty & weed free. The perfect view when I step outside with my morning coffee.

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful week!
~ Donna


  1. I've made the Choc. Chip Zucchini bread and it's GOOD!!!

    And the flowers look beautiful, Donna! Glad the garden is doing well this year. :)

  2. Your recipe for the double chocolate is one I already have. But I'm not a fan of raisins. In fact I hate them. Maybe I'll substitute dried cranberries instead. Of course, I need some free time to do that. :-(

    Lovely view.

  3. I'll have to give those a try when my zucchini comes in - it's been giving me some problems this year. I love just dicing it, sauteing it in some butter and eating it up. My favorite recipe to deal with the tons of extras I can't saute up is for sweet zucchini relish. Can it and you can enjoy zucchini all winter long. It's delish! Here's the recipe if you want to give it a try: