Tuesday, August 17, 2010

No Zucchini Brownies!

Anybody that knows my cooking style, knows that I very seldom follow a recipe precisely as written. Given that fact, along with:

1. I want to give goodies away tomorrow
2. I wanted them to somehow come from my garden
3. My zucchini isn't producing worth squat
4. My apples are ripe, if I pick selectively
5. I wanted something fairly easy

I came up with ....Ta Da...... Brownies! Made from a Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe. With no zucchini. And, it's not a cake. But, just the same, they turned out really good. And, they have chocolate! So, it's pretty hard to mess them up. Here they are. Beautiful, aren't they? The only thng that could make them better would be some vanilla ice cream. I'll get right on that.

Grandma K's Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp soda
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
6 Tbsp butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup milk

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. With mixer, mix butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir in with spoon, vanilla and zucchini alternately with dry ingredients and milk. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until done. Can use a bundt pan, but also 2 8" bread pans. Drizzle with powdered sugar glaze.

My changes for today:

*substituted peeled, grated apples for zucchini
*left out the milk. I didn't have any, and the apples were juicy, and I was hoping nobody would notice
*baked it in a half sheet pan (my main cookie sheet) for 28-30 minutes
*substituted the following fudge frosting for the powdered sugar glaze

Melt 1 cube butter, 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup cocoa and boil - add 1 lb powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. *This will look pretty bad before all the powdered sugar is mixed in, but it will turn out fine. Mix and spread over hot cake.


  1. Oh dang and post this at 10:30 at night. You are the evil! But I gotta love ya!

  2. SIGH! You're killing me! I'll have to try that recipe one day, love brownies!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Becca--- ;)

    Astrid, You're welcome. I love brownies, too! They're the best.

  4. Apples in a brownie, I would have never thought of that but it is completely genius! Brilliant and you certainly can't go wrong with chocolate. I am saving this recipe for next month when I go apple picking. Thanks!

  5. Lori's big sister here: actually you can substitute any type of juicy fruit or veggie for another in a recipe. I have substituted lots of time and usually no one knows the difference. I also use prune puree or crushed pineapple, or applesauce or baby food carrots as a fat replacer in lots of baked goods. Sunsweet has a product called "Lighter Bake" that says to use 1/2 the amount of fat called for. For example if your recipe calls for 1 cup of fat use 1/2 a cup of Lighter Bake. It works like a champ and makes the moistest (is that a word??) baked products. Chocolate things are the best done this way. I love, love chocolate. I also love Tom Selleck and my hubby not in that order... So enjoy and happy cooking.

  6. oops, forgot my name at the bottom like Lori told me....................

    Linda Perkins