Friday, October 2, 2009

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This was the second recipe of the week that I made. It's very chocolatey but so yummy.

3 eggs
1 c. oil
2 1/4 c. sugar
2 c. peeled and grated zucchini
3 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 c. sifted flour
1/2 c. cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 (8oz) bag mini chocolate chips (large ones sink to bottom of loaf)

Mix eggs, oil, sugar, zucchini and vanilla in bowl. Sift and measure flour add to zucchini mixture. Add and mix remaining ingredients. This bread comes out of pan better if you line bottom with wax paper. Grease pan whether or not you use wax paper. Makes 2 bread size loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. It may need longer time depending on your oven. Check middle with toothpick.

Banana Bread

I've been baking a lot this week. I love to bake. The only problem is I eat these sweet treats along the way. Baking what I have been this week reminds me of fall and of the holidays and makes home smell so good. This was the first recipe that I made.

Banana Bread

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening or butter
2 eggs, beaten
2 c. flur
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. nuts (optional)
3 or 4 very ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix sugar, shortening, and eggs together. Add dry ingredients and nuts. Add bananas and vanilla. Makes 2 loaves. Bake at 350 degrees. Check after 45 minutes.

Oven Chicken Fingers

Since I've been trying to eat healthier I haven't been cooking a lot of different or new recipes. But last night my mom made this recipe for a family in the ward and we made extra for the rest of our family. It's really good and great for kids. We didn't make the sauces for it but I'm sure they are delicious with it.

Oven Chicken Fingers

1 c. Italian bread crumbs
2 T. grated parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 c. vegetable oil
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

Honey Mustard Sauce
2 T. cornstarch
1 c. water, divided
1/2 c honey
1/4 c prepared mustard

Cranberry Orange Sauce
1/4 c. sugar
3 t. cornstarch
1/2 c. fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 c orange juice
1/4 c. water

In a plastic bag, mix bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, set aside. In a small bowl, combine garlic and oil. Flatten the chicken to 1/2 -in. thickness: cut into 1-inch wide strips. Dip strips in oil: coat with crumb mixture. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Directions for sauces:
Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add cranberries, orange juice and water; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring contantly. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes more, crushing the berries while stirring. For honey mustard sauce, dissolve cornstarch in 1 T. water in a saucepan. Add honey, mustard and remaining water; bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Serve with chicken for dipping. Makes 6 servings.