The Famous Chocolate Zucchini Bread

It's guaranteed to please -- when it's fresh, that is.

Published October 10, 2000 4:18PM (EDT)

The Famous Chocolate Zucchini Bread

2 medium-large zucchini
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Steam medium-large zucchini until mushy. Purie in blender (i.e. do not strain using Foley food mill.) Cool to at least room temperature (cooling can be speeded up by placing purie in freezer for about 20 minutes, covered.) Set aside.

Separate eggs: Beat whites until fluffy, yolks until lemony. Set aside.

Cream together butter with sugar. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until very smooth. Set mixture aside.

Sift together flour, unsweetened cocoa, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture. Fold in cool zucchini purie. Stir in chocolate chips. Fold in egg whites.

Bake in greased, floured loaf pan at 350 degrees for one hour, until bread stands away slightly from edges of pan.

By Paulina Borsook

Paulina Borsook is the author of "Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High-tech."

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