Tuesday, September 28, 2010
After I baked those pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, I had the urge to bake once again! Yeah! I love to bake and I haven't had time to do a lot of it lately. We had some zucchini that needed an assignment and I was itching to use this super cute KitchenAid Chef's Chopper I got as a gift waaaayy back at my bridal shower!
This little sucker is powerful! It only holds 3 cups of anything at a time, so I had to chop the zucchini in about three different batches, but that's okay! I loved using this little machine. I think it's earned a permanent place out on the counter! I can use it for veggies, nuts, coffee and who knows what else.
This was my first time making zucchini muffins and they were a hit! I found this recipe online:
3 cups grated fresh zucchini
2/3 cup melted unsalted butter (I used salted, that was what I had on hand)
1 1/3 cup sugar (can be taken down to 3/4 cup if you're watching that sort of thing)
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
pinch of salt
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup walnuts (optional)
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in grated zucchini and then the melted butter. Sprinkle on baking soda and salt over the zucchini mixture and mix in. In a separate bowl, combine flour, nutmeg an cinnamon. Stir dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture. Stir in walnuts, raisins or cranberries if you're using them. Coat each muffin cup with vegetable oil spray. Distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups, filling each one completely. Bake on the middle rack until the muffins are golden brown, and the tops of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for at least 5 minutes. If you do add nuts and/or raisins or cranberries, you'll probably have more than enough dough for a dozen muffins. I was able to make 14, and I could have made 15 because my last two were obese!
I chose to add cranberries AND walnuts. Because I do not ever brush off an opportunity to take something to the next level! Michael and I managed to eat about 7 of these. I took the other 7 to work, and the guys loved 'em!
Labels: Love Food