Chocolate Zucchini Bread

06 October 2014

My grandparents had a garden.* I could talk your ear off about it for far longer than you are willing to sit here and listen, dear reader.  I am sure that Grandpa Gene (who grew up for a while on a farm) would say that it was just a small garden, or that it was only average.  But to me, it was perfection.  It was an introduction to food and the earth, and the sublime organization, care, and hard work that people like Grandpa Gene embody.  You know those kind of people...the ones that you think of every time you aim to be better, or do better...he is one of those.

They grew a good variety of veggies in that garden, and on the left side of it, next to the rhubarb (which I never did quite get the taste for), were the zucchini plants.  The zucchini's that we get at the grocery store would quake in fear at the sight of the zucchini's my grandpa would grow.  They were as big as my little kid arms, and there were a hundred of them each season.  So you know what a bountiful harvest means...zucchini six ways 'til Sunday.  

Enter, Grandma Sue's Chocolate Zucchini Bread.  My favorite of all the zucchini recipes.

The recipe makes two loaves, and you can cut it in half, but you shouldn't, and after you taste it, you will be mad if you did.  If you are on the fence, they freeze well, so you can have one for now, and one for tomorrow (seriously).


Grandma Sue's Chocolate Zucchini Bread

1 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups shredded zucchini
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts (or chocolate chips, or a mix of the two)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease two loaf pans.
Mix together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
Mix the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the wet mixture.
Stir until just combined.
Pour batter evenly into the two loaf pans.
Bake for 55-60 minutes.
Let sit for five minutes, then remove from pans and cool on a rack.

*I feel like that statement should be a writing prompt for a book of essays, each by a different author recalling whatever stories and memories their grandparent's garden brings to mind.  I would read that book.
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