This past week was my son’s 9th birthday and usually this means we (I) are busier than usual. But I thought I would squeeze in one tiny post (well, not so tiny as it turns out).
About a week or so ago, I made zucchini bread. I had never tasted zucchini bread in my life. Zucchini has never been a big performer in my garden (yet!), so the avalanche of summer squash that others experience has yet to materialize at our house. Far from having too many zucchini and having to devise new ways of using them up, I have the opposite problem….dozens of recipes to try and too few zucchini to make them.
After reading one of Rachel’s posts at Grow a Good Life on zucchini bread, I thought I would give it a go. I had been having a bit of a brownie craving for the last little while, so of course, I chose to make the chocolate zucchini bread.
The recipe recommended by Rachel can be found HERE. The other day, Nancy at Cozy Thyme Cottage asked for the recipe I had used and I provided her with the link. Shortly after, Nancy confirmed that the bread did indeed taste good, but she found it to be crumbly. This was odd as I had found the bread to be exceptionally easy to slice – it held together perfectly. Nothing gets to me quite like recommending something to someone and then it not working out for them as expected.
Sometimes when you prepare a recipe, you do little things, just through habit, without even realizing it. I thought I would detail the changes I made here because I find that even the smallest detail can make a big difference, especially when it comes to baking.
I followed the recipe as printed but also added these extra steps:
(1) I squeezed the drained zucchini with my hands to remove some of the excess liquid.
(2) I dissolved the coffee in ½ tsp. of hot water before adding it to the egg mixture.
(3) I allowed the melted butter to cool before adding it to the egg mixture.
I used dark bread pans – not black, but a dark grey – and greased them with butter. The colour of the pan can impact how quickly something bakes. If you used a light coloured bread pan (i.e. aluminum), it would take longer to bake. And then, of course, everyone’s oven is different. So the first time I make a recipe, I start to test for doneness before the stated time has expired. And the best test for cakes is the skewer test, as stated in the recipe. When you insert a wooden skewer, it should come out relatively clean. A few crumbs are fine, and even desirable, to help ensure a moist cake. What you don’t want to see is any sign of raw batter on the skewer.
And lastly, it’s very important to follow the cooling rules: Let the bread sit in the pan for a full 5 minutes – this allows the bread to cool just a bit so that it doesn’t fall apart when you turn it out. Then turn the bread out onto a wire rack and allow it to cool completely before slicing. This is the key to the perfect texture. Slicing it too early may cause it to fall apart and create a “doughy” texture.
When I made this bread, I was a little doubtful when it came out of the oven. It looked like it hadn’t risen that much. You can see what I mean here:
|Chocolate Zucchini Bread Cooling|
|Slice of Zucchini Bread|
The dusting of powdered sugar is me trying to be artistic ;)
Well, let me tell you – this is not zucchini bread. It’s zucchini cake. It’s not too sweet, which I like, has great chocolate flavour, and is super moist. I took an up-close photo of one slice, just to show how moist it is:
Before I sign off, I wanted to show you the birthday cake that I made on Friday for J's family party. He had asked for a Minion cake.
Till next time…☺