Monday, February 07, 2011

rainy monday zucchini bread

I've had zucchini bread on my mind for a few days. I actually have no idea why. It probably has something to do with the fact that I have a toddler and I'm trying to figure out every way possible to get good veggies into everything she eats. Probably a good obsession, right? I like to think so.

I usually go for pumpkin or cranberry orange bread, but I've never tried making zucchini bread. I found a recipe in my Good Housekeeping Cookbook, circa 1986. I liked it, but I wanted to modify it a little to try to make it as healthy as I could. It turned out good, not great, but good. I think next time I'll add some cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (cinn, nutmeg, cloves, ginger) and vanilla… it was just missing something. Honestly, I didn't like it as much as I LOVE my pumpkin bread, but it cured my sweet bread craving AND I got a serving of veggies while endulging!

(sort of healthy) Zucchini Bread
from Good Housekeeping
3 cups flour (I used half whole wheat and half white for the healthier version)
1 1/2 cups sugar 
4 1/2 tsp teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 eggs
2/3 vegetable oil (I substitute this with applesauce, no sugar added, for the healthier version)
2 cups grated zucchini
2 tsp lemon zest (When zesting try to avoid the white part; it's bitter sans flavor.)
1 cup wallnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two loaf pans.

2. In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients: flour, sugar, nuts, baking powder & salt.

3. In a medium bowl beat eggs slightly; stir in vegetable oil (or applesauce), zucchini & lemon zest.

4. Stir liquid mixture onto flour mixture just until flour is moistened; spread evenly in pans (oiled and floured or non-stick.)

5. Bake one hour (at 350 degrees.) Cool pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm or cold. 

Amelie loved it btw :)


Saturday, February 05, 2011

Sweets for a Saturday

It's rainy and cold in good ole Savannah today. Trying to decide if we're gonna hunker down and have a lazy day or brave it and go to Michaels for some crafting supplies. Decisions, decisions!

I just joined the "Sweets for a Saturday" link party… click on the icon to check out all the fabulous goodies. I'm gonna warn you, you might gain 5 lbs by just looking at the pictures!

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

s'mores & cupcakes… "put your hands together!"

That's one of my favorite quotes from FRIENDS (except it was jam and sex, not s'mores & cupcakes)… love me some Joey!

I've been daydreaming about experimenting with s'mores cupcakes for a while now. S'MORES and CUPCAKES: 2 of my favorite things!

I would say they were a success :)

As much as I HATE to use box cake mixes, I had to because, well, I'm a workin' gal with a 15 month old (doesn't that say it all?!) and it was last minute for a birthday party, so I kinda had to throw these together on a whim. Luckily they were easy, didn't require many ingredients and, well, I think I just got lucky that day cause I didn't have any issues.

I searched high and low for the perfect marshmallow frosting recipe and FINALLY found the perfect one HERE… it made me giddy.

S'mores Cupcakes (makes 24)

1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
1 box instant chocolate pudding (optional)
eggs, oil, water - whatever the box calls for

Mix everything together (just throw the dry pudding mix in with all the ingredients - it makes the cake so moist and yummy!) and cook according to box.
Marshmallow Frosting:
8 oz. of marshmallow fluff
3/4 c. softened butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix together in mixer. (I would have liked to have a little more icing, so if you want more than what you see on my cupcakes, I would double it)
I piped the frosting on and then crushed some graham crackers to sprinkle on top. Easy, cheesy! 

I still want to keep experimenting with these… the possibilities are endless! I hope you make them and I hope you enjoy 'em as much as I did :)