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So, it’s summer (sort of) and before too long, everyone I know will be trying to pawn their zucchini off on me. I mean, seriously, why grow it since you know someone else will and they’ll have way more than they could ever eat and run around trying to give it away. Happens every summer. You know what I’m talking about!

Well, this summer, I’m going to be prepared and since we’re friends, I’ll help you out. In my tv watching and internet searching, I came across a really yummy zucchini bread recipe. I saw Paula Deen make it on tv and then I found it on the Food Network website and since I’m crediting them, I don’t think they’ll mind if I share with you. Just don’t tell them and we’ll all be good. Maybe.

So, here it is:

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
Whipped cream, for serving

Preheat 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. Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pans.

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

Now, when you get all that zucchini from your friends and coworkers, just think of the yummy bread you can make with it. Chocolate even makes zucchini taste better!!!


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