Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cinnamon Crackle Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I tried this recipe last month, just before we left for Indy. We had so much zucchini in the garden the only thing to do was try out some new zucchini bread recipes! Luckily for us there was a plethora of delicious recipes in our cookbooks and online. I combined a few and this was the hands-down favorite. On a side note, Michael vetoed the cinnamon from the subsequent batches - he really doesn't like cinnamon. As a cinnamon lover, I thought it was fantastic! The moist bread tasted like chocolate cake {with the hidden benefit of loads of zucchini in it}. The Chocolate chips gave it a little something extra but the crackle topping was the kicker. Michael liked it so much he suggested I whip up a batch as a layer cake and instead of the crackle crust frost it with cream cheese frosting!

If you've got some extra zucchini this summer I hope you give it a try :)

Cinnamon Crackle Chocolate Zucchini Bread
{makes 2 loaves}

2 C flour
6 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 C sugar
1/4 C brown sugar
1-2 tsp cinnamon (Optional)

1/2 C canola oil
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 C sour cream
3 C grated zucchini {squeeze out excess liquid - I wrapped grated zucchini in paper towels and squeezed out extra liquid}
1 C chocolate chips {mix chips with 1 tsp of flour to help them not all sink to the bottom during baking}

Crackle Topping:

1 tsp Cinnamon {optional}
2 Tbs brown sugar
2 Tbs white sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 2 loaf pans and set aside.

Mix dry ingredients together, use a whisk to make sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed. In a separate bowl mix up the wet ingredients. While whisking, add dry ingredients to wet and keep whisking until full incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips. Evenly distribute between baking pans.

In small bowl combine ingredients for crackle topping and sprinkle over the top of each bread mix in pans.

Bake in oven for 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool completely on wire rack before removing from pans - or keep it in pans and take some to someone special!


1 comment:

Kat said...

oh they all sound so good! I am definitely going to have to try to chocolate zucchni bread.