Monday, August 29, 2011
When I was a little girl, my dad had a fairly large garden in the backyard, and I remember lots of zucchini bread in the late summer. My little sister used to call it "Bikini Bread".
I don't have a yard large enough for a garden, but a friend of mine dropped off some zucchini for us the other day. Feeling inspired, I searched around for some new recipes to use it. Here's what I found:
Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Cookies. I got this recipe from one of my favorite books about homesteading, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver. I have to admit, I wasn't sure if they would come out. When I tasted the raw batter, I wasn't very impressed, and I can usually tell if a recipe will be delicious by the raw batter. But once they baked up, they came out delicious! Really, it's a unique treat, and I actually feel guilt free allowing my daughter to eat these!
Next on my list was a recipe recommended by The Pioneer Woman. She's one of my favorite bloggers. (Did you know she has a TV show on Food Network now? I'm so excited!) She extolled the virtues of a Pineapple Zucchini Cake, so I baked it up. I had high hopes. It's definitely good, but not very sweet or like a cake. I would say, it's more of very moist tasting zucchini bread with some cream cheese frosting on it. Maybe I read the recipe wrong? Maybe my pineapple wasn't sweet enough? I may have to give it another try, because I usually trust Ree's recommendations. If you try it, will you email me and let me know what you think? You can find the recipe here.
And yes, I made both of these desserts on the same day. And yes, we are sick of eating zucchini despite the fact that these recipes are sweet goodness. But, when a girl is shredding zucchini, sometimes she doesn't want to stop. What are your favorite zucchini recipes?