Tuesday, January 06, 2015

ABC Wednesday
January 7th, 2015

The letter is Z
for Zucchini

When I gardened in earnest - long rows of peas, corn and carrots,

I tried to be sensible about the number of zucchini I planted,

but invariably I was left in the fall

trying desperately to give away zucchini 

to other earnest gardeners (who had their own ZZZZs to dispose of.

I ended up putting lots of grated zucchini 

in the freezer

and making loaves and muffins and cupcakes

and the most scrumptious chocolate zucchini cakes

(recipes were as numerous as the veggie itself)

If you have grated zucchini languishing in your freezer

here's a recipe....

Grease a tube pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together 2 cups flour, 2 tsps cinnamon, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsps baking powder
and a tsp of baking soda.

Beat 4 eggs with 2 cups of sugar in a bowl and mix in 1 cup of vegetable oil.

Add to the dry ingredients and beat vigorously.

Stir in an 8 oz can of crushed pineapple (drained),  2 cups of grated zucchini,

2 tsps of vanilla and some chopped nuts, if you like them.

Pour into pan and bake for 80 minutes.

Cool for 30 minutes before dislodging from the pan.

Make a nice glaze from a cup of icing sugar and a couple of tbsps of milk

and dribble randomly over the top of the cake.

And this all reminds me that I do have grated zucchini in the freezer,
given to me by a desperate friend!

When all the Christmas goodies are eaten..............

For more interesting Zs visit here at ABC Wednesday with
thanks to Denise and Roger and ZEALOUS helpers.....


Photo Cache said...

I like the zucchine duck that you produced.


Rajesh said...

I like that duck shape.

The Weaver of Grass said...

That is an amazing duck shaped zucchini (we call them courgettes over here) - and the recipe sounds good too.

Reader Wil said...

It is a funny shaped zucchini! Thank you for the recipe. It sounds delicious.
Have a great week.
Wil, ABCW Team.

Trubes said...

A most interesting shaped Zuccini, looks like a green rubber duck!
Ilove them baked and sprinkled with parmesan cheese or simply sliced and griddled with a barbecue meal.
The recipe for the cake sounds and looks delicious, thank you for sharing it, I may try it myself,
Best wishes,
ABCW team

Joy said...

I wondered what you would be doing for Z and had forgotten courgettes are called zucchini in North America. I do love them by any name. We once stayed in a gite in France whose owners gave us a basket load, I could have done with some of your suggestions.

fredamans said...

Love the duck shaped zucchini. So cute!

Roger Owen Green said...

that's a ducky veggie! I approve.


Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your recipe sounds delicious. I wish I did have grated zucchini in the freezer.