Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

July 19, 2011 at 10:14 am (Muffins/Breads)

My husband came home from work one day, raving about this Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread that a co-worker brought in.  My husband requested (rather demanded) that I figure out how to make this.  The only vegetable this man will ingest is iceburg lettuce and corn, so imagine my surprise.  After I picked myself up off the floor, I gave google a shot and found a delightful Paula Deen recipe.  It reviewed well, and I was drawn in by the cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest that the recipe called for.

I will admit to being a complete skeptic.  The concept admittedly sounds nasty.  But if my sweet hubby was laying his reputation on the line and declaring his love for zucchini, then I was willing to give it a go.

I opted for mini chocolate chips, as some of the reviews indicated that they wouldn’t sink to the bottom of the pan like the bigger chocolate chips would.  I also sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar on the bottom of the pan, and again on top of the bread before baking.  I have made it without the brown sugar before too, and it is great either way.


  • 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
  • Zucchini ribbons, 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.


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Irresistible Irish Soda Bread

March 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm (Muffins/Breads)

Another find.  I was looking for a bread to go along with our St. Patrick’s Day Irish Beef Stew.  I chose this recipe over others as it seemed pretty straightforward, and didn’t have raisins, caraway seeds, or anything else that would creep the kids or hubby out.   The original contributor (Karin Christian) states that it is best if you make this several hours or a day ahead of time. 


Prep Time:  15 minutes   //   Cook Time:  1 hour, 10 min.    //   Ready In:  1 hour, 25 minutes

Serves 12 (small servings)  — Makes 1 – 9×5 inch loaf pan


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.


Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 192 | Total Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 29mg 

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Stir & Roll Pizza Crust

October 13, 2010 at 11:54 am (Italian, Muffins/Breads)

From my momma.  Simple, basic recipe.  Reminds me of my childhood.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 2 tablespoons salad oil


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Measure flour, baking powder, salt, milk and 1/4 cup salad oil into bowl.  Stir vigorously until mixture leaves side of bowl.  Gather dough together and press into a ball.  Knead dough in bowl 10 times to make smooth.  Divide dough in half.

On lightly floured cloth-covered board, roll each half into a 13″ circle.  Place on pizza pan or baking sheet.  Turn up edge 1/2″ and pinch or pleat.  Bruch circles with 2 tablespoons salad oil.  Layer with pizza toppings of your choice  Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

*Variation:  I will sometimes place the crusts in the oven immediately after brushing them with oil (before putting on the toppings) and bake it for about 13 minutes.  This helps to make a fluffier crust.  Add toppings, then bake another 13 or so minutes, or until cheese is melty and done-looking.

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Bran Applesauce Muffins

October 13, 2010 at 11:40 am (Muffins/Breads)

Got this one from my momma.  One of my childhood favorites.


  • 1 1/4 cups Wheat Flour
  • 3/4 cup shreds of whole bran cereal
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup oil or shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • Optional:  1/2 cup raisins, chopped dates, or chopped apples can be added to batter.


  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Preaheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine all ingredients except those for toppings.  Mix well.  Add optional ingredients, if desired.  Spoon batter into lined muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. 

In small bowl, combine topping ingredients.  Sprinkle over top of each muffin.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Immediately remove from pan.  Serve warm.

Serves:  12

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Banana Bread

December 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm (Muffins/Breads)

Courtesy of Christy C’s grandma.



-1/2 C. Butter/Margarine, softened

-1 C. Sugar

-2 Eggs

-1 C. (2 medium) mashed bananas — the riper, the better

-1/4 C. Milk

-1 Tsp. Vanilla

-2 C. UnsiftedFlour

-1 Tsp. Baking Soda

-1/2 Tsp. Salt

-1/2 C. Chopped Nuts (optional)

-Brown Sugar (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.  Beat eggs one at a time.  Stir in bananas, milk, & vanilla.  Add remaining ingredients and stir by hand until well combined.  Grease 9 x 5 pan on bottom only.  Sprinkle small amount of brown sugar on bottom of pan (if desired).  Pour batter into pan.  Sprinkle top of batter with small amount of brown sugar (if desired) too.   Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Remove from pan & cool before slicing.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

November 28, 2006 at 5:28 pm (Muffins/Breads)

Fairly healthy and great for the morning rush.  Filling and a great excuse to eat chocolate early on in the day. 

3/4 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Canola Oil

2 Over-Ripe Bananas

1/2 Cup Applesauce

2 Eggs

1 Tablespoon Milk

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1 1/4 Cups Unbleached Flour

1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips (or Chopped Nuts)

Oil or Cooking Spray to Grease Muffin Pans (or Use Those Nifty Paper Cupcake Liners)

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Lightly oil or spray the muffin pan(s)
  2. In a mixer bowl, combine sugar, oil, bananas, applesauce, eggs, milk and vanilla, and beat until blended.
  3. In another bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt.  Gradually add this and the chocolate chips (or nuts) to the banana mixture, stirring until combined.  Do not overmix.
  4. Spoon batter into the muffin pans, filling all the way to the top.  Bake for about 30 minutes, until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool and enjoy!

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