Zucchini Bread

I really bake too much. I think I could definitely benefit from actually cooking, not just baking. That’s something I need to work on.

I had some zucchini in my fridge that really needed to be eaten, so I decided on bread. I absolutely LOVE zucchini bread, and I’ve never baked any type of bread before. I also wanted something I could take in to work and be that intern.

The original recipe can be found here.

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/4 C oil (I used grapeseed but olive or canola would be fine)
1/4 C applesauce, preferably unsweetened
1 C brown sugar
2 large zucchini (about 2 1/2 cups grated)
~1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 self rising flour (I used regular flour plus 2 tsp baking powder instead)
1/4 C flax meal
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1/2 C chopped walnuts

Special Tools:
8×4” loaf pan

Instructions:
1.
 Preheat your oven to 350 F.
2. Lightly spray and flour your loaf pan (or line it with wax paper, which is probably the smarter thing to do, but I didn’t have any).
3. Grate your zucchini… It’s a good arm workout, I promise. My kitchen came with this handy grater that collected everything into a little drawer, but you can always just grate it into a measuring cup.

4. Whisk eggs in a medium bowl. One at a time, mix in the oil, applesauce, sugar, vanilla, and zucchini.

5. In larger bowl, combine the flour, flax, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and nuts.

6. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture to combine. It will be very wet! Don’t worry.
7. Pour batter into your loaf pan and bake for 50-60 min, or until a skewer comes out clean.

This came out so great. Super moist and just the right amount of sweetness.

I think my fellow interns liked it too!

Strawberry Raspberry Muffins

Yesterday morning was unbelievably productive. I woke up at 9, went for a run, and made muffins all before my roommate woke up. Ha.

These are so summery! And not too sweet, which is a problem I have with a lot of muffins…

Makes 12 muffins. The original recipe can be found here.

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup milk (I used soy)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup diced strawberries
1/2 cup raspberries

Instructions
1.
 Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, flax, oats, baking powder, and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, beat together butter and sugar.
4. Beat the egg, milk, and vanilla into the butter/sugar mixture.

5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix until a batter forms.

6. Stir in the fruit.

7. Evenly distribute in muffin pan and bake for 17-25 minutes. (Mine took closer to 25.)

I love these silicone liners! You just put them onto a cookie sheet when you bake. Super easy.

Maple Ice Cream

This isn’t really a recipe, but it is a good story.

I started my internship at Google this week, and it’s awesome. Unfortunately, I’m cooking a lot less because I eat at work everyday, but I will keep cooking on the weekends. However, today we had an Iron Chef competitions for the interns!

My team was the best, obviously. We made sliders with mustard grilled into the meat like you can get at In N Out (and grilled portobellos for us veggies), plus potato salad. The other team was making a dessert, so I got to thinking… The only recipe I really know by heart is ice cream. So I asked the chef who was supervising (we were cooking in one of the cafes on campus) if I could use the froyo machine. He said yes.

Unfortunately, the froyo machine had already been taken apart for cleaning, and the chef had no idea how to put it back together. While he tinkered with it, I made my super huge batch of ice cream.

Ingredients:
1 gallon heavy cream
1/2 gallon soy milk (I didn’t immediately find the milk, and this was a competition with a time limit!)
1 quart granulated sugar
1/2 quart maple syrup (the vanilla extract was hiding somewhere in the kitchen)

In the end, the chef never did get the machine to work. But, of course, this is Google, and nothing can be wasted. Therefore, my ice cream will be made and served tomorrow at lunch!! I’m so excited to see how it turns out!