Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chocolate Marbled Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Marbled Zucchini Bread
 Yield 1 loaf

1/3 cup butter
1 1/3 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease one 9 x 5 inch loaf pan-I like to sprinkle the loaf pan lightly with cinnamon sugar after greasing.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Mix in eggs. Add zucchini,  and vanilla; stir. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour,baking soda, salt , baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice, then add to creamed mixture. (if dough seems dry, add a Tablespoon or two of water, usually the zucchini is moist enough that you won't need to) Stir in nuts.
Divide batter in half, and add cocoa powder and chocolate chips to one of the halves.
To marble, alternate dropping the plain batter and the chocolate batter by the tablespoon full into the loaf pan. Then run a knife throuth the dough, this makes a beautiful marbled effect.
Bake until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes, and remove from pan. Store in refrigerator.

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