This week, I was lucky enough to be given the gift of a friend’s CSA share from Gorman Farm. If you don’t know what a CSA is, it’s community supported agriculture. You basically buy a share of the farm and take home your share each week. This week, the share included lettuce, onions, cabbage, cucumbers, carrots and zucchini. I am not worried about most of the veggies going to waste. Much of it will keep pretty well. I was a little worried about the zucchini, though. My kids are not big fans. So, in order to make something with it I knew they would like, I decided to use it in Zucchini Bread. I added chocolate because I really like chocolate.
I have one basic batter bread recipe. I modified it slightly for this bread by adding cocoa powder.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
1 cup sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
1/3 cup oil (I used olive oil)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Combine everything up to flour. Stir until combined.
3. Add flour and cocoa and stir until smooth.
4. Stir in chocolate chips.
5. Pour batter into loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. You can use one large pan or three small ones.
6. Bake the small loaves for 40 minutes or the large one for an hour.
7. Bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.
8. After you remove the bread from the oven, run a knife around the edges. Remove bread from pan after five minutes. Only wrap when cooled completely.
We were pretty excited about our CSA sample. We did the math and figured that we would have spent about the same amount for organic vegetables at the local grocery store. Of course, the advantage here is that you know exactly where your food is grown.
If your local to Howard County, Maryland and interested in joining the Gorman Farms CSA, they’re still selling shares. I hope you check it out!