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A Delicious Experiment 
Sep. 26, 2009 7:39 pm 
Updated: Oct. 3, 2009 9:42 pm
Why is my garden still producing zucchini?

I picked 9, yes, 9 two-
pound zucchinis the other day.
When will it ever end?
Don't get me wrong, I like zucchini. But this is overkill.


How do you use up zucchini?
Well, if you feel creative, you invent a recipe. I also happened to have some apples that needed using, so I decided to make a zucchini apple spice cake. It seemed like the right thing to do, being fall and all. It turned our pretty good, but still needs a little tweaking.

Here are some of the players:

Of course, butter, canola oil, and sugar turned out for the game, too. Can't play in the kitchen without those guys.

I sift all the dry ingredients together - after having one too many bites of baked goods with chunks of baking soda inside, this is my standard practice.
I'd rather eat egg shells.

Softened butter is creamed with the sugar, then the room temperature eggs are mixed in one at a time before adding the oil.

Wet meets dry, then the apples are added in- it looked like this before baking.

It looked like this after baking (and cooling, and cutting).

This smelled so good when it was baking. It tastes really good too, I just think I need to up the spices and maybe chop the apples instead of grating - I couldn't really taste them much.

Anyway, it was a delicious experiment.

The Recipe:


1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I'm thinking maybe 2 tsp)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (maybe 1/2 next time)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (maybe 1/2)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup peeled, shredded apples (maybe diced instead of shredded)
I think walnuts would be good in this - I should have thrown them in. Probably 1 cup chopped.

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
3. Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Mix in oil and
4. Add dry ingredients and stir just until mixed.
5. Fold in apples.
6. Pour into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven 35-40 minutes. Mine took 38 today.

Thanks for dropping by, as always!
Happy fall!
My Zucchini Apple Spice Cake
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Sep. 26, 2009 8:53 pm
Thank sounds really good. Next tweak, try subbing apple sauce for the oil. That may improve the apple flavor. I'm saving this. Thanks for sharing, Pam.
Sep. 26, 2009 10:33 pm
Wow Pam, that really sounds good. I'm apple picking soon so I'm sure to save this and give it a whirl.
Sep. 27, 2009 5:57 am
Did you know that you'll actually get more nutrious and yummier squash if you don't let them get so big? the recipe sounds delish!
Sep. 27, 2009 6:46 am
I thought of applesauce, but only too late. I always have the little cups on hand. I'll probably throw in one of those net time. k861084 - I do prefer them smaller, but I seriously didn't think my plants still had it tin them. It's amazing what can happen when you don't get to the garden for a couple of days. It's also amazing that a squash that size can be hidden so well under those leaves. (In my defense, several of the zukes were actually under 2 lbs.) LOL I really like to pick them small and grill them. Delicious! I just had a piece of cake for breakfast and I like it even better this morning. :)
Sep. 28, 2009 6:38 am
Hope you've been freezing some of the zucchini. When the snow is piling up outside this winter you'll really appreciate pulling a bag out of the freezer and making something summery!
Sep. 28, 2009 8:21 am
I froze 17 2 cup bags last night and about 30 other throughout the summer. I love having it for muffins, cakes, etc. :)
Sep. 28, 2009 9:04 am
Stuff the zucchini and bake them! I tried it the other day...so good! Scrape out the seedy middle part. I spread a little refried beans (leftovers) on them and then crushed up corn chips and cheese (we were having quesadillas) and I put green onion and jalapeno on mine. So good!!!
Sep. 28, 2009 12:59 pm
Ooohh! That sounds good! Mexican baked zucchini. If I get another one big enough I'll have to try it. Thanks.
Sep. 29, 2009 7:16 am
Zucchini Latkes 3 cups shredded zucchini 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp kosher salt 1/8 tsp pepper 2 eggs Mix all the above well. Using 1/4 cup measure, fry patties in veg oil till crisp on both sides. Keep warm in oven until done with the batch. Yummy with sour cream.
Sep. 30, 2009 11:56 am
70's girl - sounds delicious! I may try them this weekend! April G.- It is always good to grow a garden! Sounds like you had a great one! Enjoy your zucchini bread. There are lots of great zucchini recipes on this site, too!
Oct. 2, 2009 6:33 pm
My favorite zucchini bread recipe ever is on 101 cookbooks dot com Search for "my special zucchini bread recipe"
Oct. 3, 2009 5:38 pm
Sounds yummy! Check out Cooking Argentina blog ..she made zucchini fritters that sounded good.
Oct. 3, 2009 9:42 pm
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