Saturday, July 30, 2011

Chocolate Swirl Zucchini Bread

Plain zucchinis. Eh.
Zucchini bread. YUM.
Chocolate. YUM.
Chocolate Swirl Zucchini Bread. Double YUM.

I adore all kinds of quick bread. They are easy, moist, and delicious.
Throw some chocolate in, and this adoration quickly becomes love.
Previously, my main source of chocolate in quick breads was plain, semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels. They did the job wonderfully, and added gooey, messy, amazing globs of chocolate to each bite.
And then I was introduced to an art form.
The chocolate swirl.
It adds the same gooey, messy, amazing chocolate flavor with less of the mess and much more attractiveness. I highly suggest it.

Chocolate Swirl Zucchini Bread (Adapted from The Junior League Centennial Cookbook)

2  cups finely grated zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips
1 whole egg plus 2 egg whites
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
2/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Butter and flour two 8-inch loaf pans and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the wet ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the zucchini. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave and stir in a few spoonfuls of batter into the melted chocolate until well combined. Alternately spoon the chocolate and zucchini bread mixture into the prepared pans, starting with the zucchini bread mixture and ending with the chocolate mixture. Bake for about 45 minutes and then cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Flip the bread out and enjoy!

Butter and lightly flour the bread pans. I like to cut out a little rectangle of wax paper and stick it to the bottom so the bread is easier to pop out. 

...Also because when you peel the wax paper out it looks like this :)

Get your eggs ready. Don't do this. I totally didn't, of course. 

The two egg whites will make it look like a giant mammoth egg. 

Mix together the wet ingredients...

Mix together the dry ingredients...

Combine them and fold in the zucchini...

Add some zucchini bread batter to the melted chocolate (sorry about the blurriness...awks.)...

And spoon it all in!

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