By Jennifer Poenix
It's harvest time in northern Minnesota! Is your garden overflowing with produce?
I decided to plant zucchini this year. I had purchased it a few times at last year's farmers' market and really liked it. I had never really eaten much of it before except when my mom would make a chocolate zucchini cake when I was a girl. My mom never gardened, but usually ended up with a few zucchini every summer from someone, so she would make cake.
I have made three of these cakes so far this summer, and thought I'd share the recipe with anyone who finds themselves with an abundance of the green stuff:
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
1/2 c. margarine or butter
1/2 c. oil
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. buttermilk OR 1/2 c. milk plus 1/2 Tbsp vinegar
In a separate bowl, sift together:
2 1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Add to batter. Then add 2 cups grated zucchini. Pour into greased, floured pan (I use a 9 x 13). Sprinkle 1 or 2 cups of chocolate chips on the top and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Do you have any favorite zucchini recipes?
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