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Recipe Time!

Chocolate Zucchini cake version.  Along with some other things to do with all that zuke that is coming in now!

Note:  You can also use crookneck squash in these recipes.

I made Chocolate Zucchini cake the other day in our cooking frenzy..  We cut it last night and it was delicious! The 9×13 pan and bundt pan are the zucchini chocolate cake. The loaf pans have zucchini bread in them.

Here is the recipe:

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. oil
1 3/4c. sugar
2c. zucchini, shredded
1/2c. sour milk
2 eggs, beaten
1tsp. vanilla
1tsp.  baking soda
1/2tsp. baking powder
2 1/2c. flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1tsp. salt
4tbsp. cocoa
6 oz. chocolate chips
chopped nuts- optional

Cream butter, add oil and sugar.  Add remaining ingredients, except chips and nuts.  Beat well.  Pour into greased bundt pan or 9×13 baking pan.  Top with nuts and chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 min. (bundt pan takes a bit longer)

I don’t remember where I got the recipe, I have had it for a long time.  So if you are the one who gave it to me, thanks so much!  Its a favorite summer time treat.

Here is the recipe I used for the zucchini bread from The Market Basket Cookbook:

1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 c. zucchini or summer squash, shredded
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract

  1.  Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda thoroughly.
  3. Combine eggs, sugar oil and vanilla, in separate bowl.  Beat well, then stir in squash.
  4. Add dry ingredients, mix just until mixture is moistened.
  5. Pour into well greased loaf pan.  Bake 40 min or until toothpick put in center or loaf comes out clean. Makes one loaf.

Other uses for zucchini and summer squash, include egg dishes and pizza.  If I have a good crop, I will shred it and put it into the freezer in measured out amounts for recipes, in ziploc bags or vacuum seal bags.  I will also slice it and dehydrate some.  Then I will store it in vacuum sealed bags or quart jars and add an oxygen pack to it which will suck all the oxygen out of the bag or jar.  That makes the jar or bag airtight and therefore last for a very long time!  Oxygen packs you can get from Amazon.

Let me know your favorite zucchini, summer squash recipes- I would love to hear from you!  Also, let me know if you are have tried my recipes and how you like them.






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