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Monday, June 26, 2017

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

The marathon baking session continued with zucchini bread.  There is something about squash and zucchini.  One plant seems to produce a ton of vegetables.  The double chocolate sounded good as well.  Hide a little veggies in the chocolate.  What could be wrong with that.
These look really dark but I can promise they are not burned.  These will go in the freezer today as well. 
 Don't be put off by all the ingredients this is really an easy recipe.
 First thing you want to do is grate the zucchini so you can let it sit for a few minutes and then squeeze all the liquid out of it.
 Start with 1/2 cup oil
 1/2 cup sugar
 1/2 cup brown sugar
 1 teaspoon vanilla
 2 eggs  Mix all this together.
 Squeeze the zucchini and then add.  1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
 1 cup all purpose flour
 1/2 cup cocoa powder
 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  I used mini chips
 Mix well.  Pour into the mini loaf pans or the regular loaf pan.  Place in a preheated 350 oven.  I baked the mini loaves about 40 minutes.  A regular loaf will bake in about 45 minutes.
Let them rest in the pan for about 5 minutes, then turn out and let cool.  These are going in the freezer as well so let then cool completely.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe

1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.  Bake mini pans about 30-40 minutes.  Large pans 45-55 minutes.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole

There are tons of chicken and broccoli casseroles out there to try.  I've tried several.  This one was a little different and was easy to make.  It would be a great casserole to make for dinner one night.  Another time saver would be to cook the chicken before you freeze it and then that will save you time when making casseroles.
Look at all that crunchy golden goodness. 
There are a couple of ingredients that are a little different in this recipe.
Start with 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
Mix that well.
Add 2 teaspoons steak sauce.
1 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning.  I might use less next time.
1/2 teaspoons salt and pepper
Add 2-3 cups cooked and chopped chicken.
3 cups cooked rice.  You can also use brown rice if you like.
Add to the mixture and stir well.
Add 3 cups chopped broccoli.  I use frozen.  If you use fresh you will want to cook it just a little bit first.
Melt 1/3 cup butter
While the butter is melting, put the mixture in the casserole dish.
Pour about 1 1/2 cups panic into a bowl.
Add 2 cups grated cheddar cheese on top of the casserole.
Pour melted butter over panic and stir.
Sprinkle the panic on top of the cheese.  Place in a preheated 350 oven.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Remove from the oven and enjoy.

Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole Recipe

2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoon steak sauce
1 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2-3 cups cooked chicken
3 cups cooked rice
3 cups broccoli

2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups panko
1/3 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350.  Bake for 30-35 minutes.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Starbucks Banana Bread

We are hosting a convention here in town in a couple of weeks, more on that another day, and we will be having an open house for guest.  I needed to get some baked goods made and in the freezer while I still have some free time.  I had some bananas that needed to be used so off to Pinterest I go to find a new recipe.  This is a recipe for Starbucks banana bread.  I will be honest I have not tried the Starbucks version but the recipe sounded good so I had to try it.  The bread looks pretty with the pecans on top.

You can make this bread in a large loaf too but I like to make breads in mini loaves.
 This recipe has both pecans and walnuts in it so if you are making this for a group setting make sure that you make it known that nuts are included.
 Start with 1 cup sugar
 1/2 cup oil
 1 egg.  Mix this well.
 Add 2 Tablespoons milk
 1 teaspoon vanilla
 2 teaspoon cinnamon.  I made mine a heaping 2 teaspoons.  I like cinnamon.
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.  Mix well.
 2 cups all purpose flour
 Now mash up about 3 or 4 bananas depending on the size of the bananas.  You need 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas.
 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.  Mix well.
 Spray the mini or regular loaf pans with Pam.  Fill them about 3/4 of the way full.
 Chop 1/3 cup pecans.
Sprinkle the pecans on top.  Place in a preheated 325 oven.  For the mini loaf pans I baked for about 40-45 minutes.  I started at 30 minutes and walked my way up.  Keep checking them.  If you make a big loaf bake for 60-8- minutes. 
Turn out and let cool completely.  Now I am going to freeze these so I want them to be totally cool.  Then I will wrap them well and place in a zip lock bag and place in the freezer.  Sorry I didn't cut them for you.  They smell good. 

Starbucks Banana Bread Recipe

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 Tablespoons milk
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325.  Mini loaves bake 30-45 minutes, Regular size loaves 60-80 minutes.