My zucchini plants are still growing well over at my neighbors. We have had our first big cool down a few nights ago and temps have dipped into the low 30’s so I have been keeping my eye on the nighttime temps and head over there and cover them up. If there is anyway to extend the life and production of those zucchini plants, I am sure going to try.
With several zucchini on my counter at a time, I wanted to start playing with recipes. This is the first time that my neighbors have ever grown zucchini, or eaten it for that matter. I take that back, they have had zucchini bread, but that is it. So I started them out by making making muffins using a zucchini bread recipe.
First I needed to pick my recipe. Last year I did a post about making zucchini bread when I was visiting my parents. I made several loaves of zucchini bread and packed them in their freezer (and my brothers freezer too). After that baking frenzy my parents were at the cabin and gave a rather large zucchini to one of the neighbors, who in return, made zucchini bread and brought a loaf over for them. Mom my called me right away and said it was the best zucchini bread she had ever had. WHAT!? The one I made wasn’t any good? And I used Gram’s recipe!
Now that I finally have zucchini to play with, I wanted to use the recipe that our cabin neighbor used. I really didn’t compare apples to apples here. I have made up her recipe twice, (muffins each time), but I used different flours both times. Not really a fair comparison, I really should have made one batch using Gram’s recipe and one batch using the recipe from our cabin neighbor. Oh well.
The first time I used entirely whole wheat flour that I ground. I left the flour rather course when I ground it, which gave the muffins a more bran-like grainy texture, but that didn’t slow down my neighbors (or my husband) from finishing them off. Cabin Neighbor’s Zucchini Bread recipe:
- 1 cup Oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 T cinnamon
- 2 cups peeled zucchini
- 1 cup nuts, chopped
Bake 1 hour at 325F degrees. (this is for the bread)
They turned out a lot darker than I expected, at first I thought it was the cinnamon, but quickly realized it was the whole wheat flour (I guess it was really whole-grain flour since I ground the entire hard red winter wheat berry)
Monday I will post my experiences and comparisons with Muffins: Zucchini (courgette) – Round 2.
Do you use a vitamix to grind grains? Do you adjust your recipes based on the grain you ground?