Sunday, September 1, 2013

ABC - Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

When I selected this recipe for Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread a few months ago, I anticipated my garden producing more zucchini than we could possibly eat and share. Unfortunately, the weather this year has been a bit off, and our zucchini plants didn't react to it too well. The only ones that survived were those that produced yellow squash. I briefly considered using them but then I thought, having yellow specks in the chocolate bread might look weird. The green specks sort of blend in. Luckily, I found some zucchini at the store that was locally grown , so that's what I went with. I've had zucchini bread before, with the usual spices, but I had never combined it with chocolate until now :o) This was another winner by King Arthur Flour.

Double chocolate zucchini muffins and mini loaves!



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Why make 1 big loaf when you can make muffins and mini loaves that are easy to eat and share? That all sounds practical but the real reason I went that route was even more practical. When I baked these, it was an extremely hot day. Having the oven on for 60-70 minutes to bake 1 loaf was a bit much.


I used one zucchini which was about 10 oz in weight and called it a day (I didn't measure it by volume). I had one snafu. I measured the chocolate chips and said them aside. I remember thinking, don't forget to add them to the batter later. And that's exactly what happened. After I divided the batter into their respective baking pans, I noticed the chocolate chips. I sprinkled a little bit into each baking pans and used the good old (clean) index finger to mix it in :o) This was especially easy since the batter was a bit runny, however it baked up beautifully. I took the muffins out after ~20 minutes and baked the mini loaves for about 30 minutes.


Look at that beautiful and moist interior. Bon appetit!

Final thoughts/tips:

  • I loved these. I ate one slightly warm with the chocolate chips still melty and gooey. They were incredibly chocolaty and moist. The texture is between a fluffy cupcake and a dense muffin. As for the zucchini, I couldn't detect any zucchini taste in them.
  • Hubby liked them but wasn't crazy about them. He's not a big chocolate fan so they were a bit too chocolaty for him. He gave them an 8 out of 10 rating.
  • I froze the leftover and took some to work to share. They tasted just as good as the day I baked them. I preferred mine slightly warm so I nuked it for about 10 seconds. Yum!
  • If you'd like to make this recipe too, you can find the recipe HERE and step-by-step photos HERE.
  • Don't forget to check out what the other ABC bakers thought of this recipe.

24 comments:

  1. Oh Hanaa, I wish I had remembered this was our September's challenge.... we celebrated our irthdays yesterday and of course I baked a cocolate cake and we had creamy zucchini soup for dinner! I could have made this and be a good Abc girl while feeding the guests! :-D
    They look wonderful, especially like the loaf.

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    1. Oh no. That would have been perfect! Oh well. If you're up to it, you could always bake it in the next week or so. I'm sure your boys would love it :o)

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  2. Your mini loaves are very cute and the crumb looks wonderfully moist. My family and I also loved this bread warm with gooey chocolate chips.
    Thanks for the great pick this month Hanaâ.

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    1. Thanks Zosia. To me there's nothing better than gooey pieces of chocolate in warm bread. Mmmmm... :o)

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  3. Hello Hanaa yours look really nice and it looks like you made double the recipe too / they are very cute/ moist and delicious.

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    1. Thanks Rosa. Actually, I didn't double the recipe. I have mini loaf pans and one recipe yielded 2 mini loaves and 6 muffins.

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    1. Yes, please do. You won't be sorry :o) Don't forget to add a link to your post on the ABC blog.

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  5. These look very good. I don't think I'd mind if there would have been yellow zucchini speck in your cake (I think I would have use them).

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    1. Thanks Lien. I guess the yellow specks would not even have been visible. I'll try it next year (we already ate all the yellow squash) :o)

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  6. I'm not at home right now, but enjoying the pouring rain in Portland/ME, so plan to bake this for the weekend. I like your idea of muffins or mini breads versus one big loaf, and yours look really nice and moist.
    I baked bread with zucchini, and it just gives it a nice, moist consistency, but doesn't impart any flavor.

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    1. This recipe is perfect for baking on a rainy day. You will love it! I'm looking forward to your post.

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  7. Every time I see a new post for these, I want them! I might have to make them again sooner than I'd thought. After all, there's lots of zucchini to be had right now!

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    1. I know, I feel the same way. I have one mini loaf in the freezer and when that's gone, I just might have to bake it again. It was so easy to make too.

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  8. Your muffins and loaves are so perfect Hanaa! What a shame that your home grown zucchini didn't work out. I used one home grown and one store bought. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks Karen. It's unfortunate but luckily there's plenty of good local produce available everywhere.

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  9. I think a lot of us went with muffins!! Yours look great. Just a question though......why are these categorised as bread and not as cupcakes??

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    1. Yes, muffins are perfect for serving and sharing!! They're categorized as "bread" because they are "quick breads" which means you don't need yeast (it uses baking powder and/or baking soda). I believe something is only called a cupcake if it has frosting on top. If anyone has any thoughts on this, please feel free to chime in.

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    2. I looked it up: cupcakes are just 1-portion cakes, and any regular cake batter can be used, so they are often denser than muffins. Frosting is optional.

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  10. Hi Hanna,
    Your muffins look great! I baked them into a loaf, it is not very pretty and so darn delicious! The family loves it, the whole loaf was gone in two days! Thanks for a great pick!

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    1. Thanks Joyce. These were a big hit for me and my coworkers too. As for the Nov/Dec picks and 2014, stay tuned. I'm working on it :o) Thanks for your enthusiasm about ABC!!

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  11. Great bake! I loved this recipe too! Nice pick Hanna!

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  12. Looks just delish--keep up the good work! Yes, the great news about adding zucchini is that the baked good stays moist.

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  13. Yummy !!! Making it right now :-) . I hope it'll turn out OK. Yours tasted and looks fantastic.

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