Sunday, August 5, 2012

Zucchini-mania, part one: Zucchini-chip Mini Muffins

This year we planted a small garden.  We made a raised bed that is 4'x12', and filled it with spinach, lettuce and peas.  When those were done (awesome turnout of lettuce and spinach, about two meals worth of peas), we planted green beans, tomatoes, peppers, chiles, zucchini, and yellow summer squash.  The tomatoes and zucchini are taking over the garden.  We had no clue what we were doing when we started, so, all things considered, its going pretty well.  I'm not sure if we'll get any peppers and chiles as they are getting completely crowded out by the zucchini and tomatoes which are growing towards one another.  Our yellow squash seems to be dying, but we are constantly in the green zucchini.  As such, I've been experimenting with some different zucchini recipes.

Of course, we've had it boiled, steamed, and grilled with most dinners (the girls LOVED it at first, but I think they are finding it a tad tiresome).  So I've also been playing around with baking with zucchini.  We've had some so-so white cake (I didn't take any pictures, and it was only OK, so I won't be posting that recipe), some awesome brownies - look for those later - and, to start with, some Zucchini-chocolate chip mini muffins.  This was originally a bread recipe that I adapted to muffins.  And by "adapted" I mean: put in muffing pans instead of a bread pan.  And we prefer mini-muffins to regular-sized ones around here.  For a couple of reasons: The girls eat them better, because they are small (I think) and cute; and I think that they are easier to fill.  One level scoop from my regular-sized cookie scooper fills one perfectly.  Easy-peasy.

So, the recipe:

Zucchini-Chip Mini Muffins
makes about 60 mini-muffins

3 eggs
3/4 C. vegetable oil
2 C. grated zucchini
1-1/2 C. white sugar
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/4 C. mini chocolate chips

1. Mix together the first 6 ingredients.  Mix well, you want the eggs well-mixed and no lumps of brown sugar.
2. Separately, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Bake at 325, 15 minutes for mini-muffins, about 30 mins for regular muffins.

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