Jennifer Perillo's Zucchini Walnut Muffins (sort of)

I received a review copy of Jennifer Perillo's cookbook

I've always wanted to make zucchini bread, but for some reason I've never gotten around to doing it. Maybe it's because zucchini isn't a vegetable I regularly buy.  Maybe it's because I had a feeling that it would be a lot of trouble.  Whatever the case, I've never tried making it until now.  I've been leafing through Jennifer Perillo's cookbook Homemade With Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen.   Alfie has been hankering for some fruitcake or tea bread, so Jennie's recipe for Zucchini Walnut Muffins jumped out at me, and I decided to go for it.

Here's Jennie's recipe.  It's on her blog, In Jennie's Kitchen, and a similar version is also in her cookbook.  I followed her cookbook recipe but accidentally added 1 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup like the recipe said, so I inadvertently ended up follower the blog version of the recipe.  I also decided to use a loaf pan instead of muffin tins (probably because I've had fruitcake and tea bread on my mind). 

Zucchini Muffins

Makes 12 muffins or 2 loaf breads
This recipe also bakes up great as a loaf bread. Just increase the cooking time to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Use your Cuisinart Stand Mixer's food processor attachment with the shredder blade to prepare the zucchini.
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
½ teaspoon lemon zest
3 cups shredded zucchini (about two medium squash)
3 large eggs
¼ cup canola oil
4 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, allspice, cinnamon, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the zucchini, lemon zest and half of the walnuts (if using) and stir to combine. 
  3. In a separate small bowl, lightly beat the eggs, canola oil and melted butter. Pour over flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until mixed well with the dry ingredients (it will look more like a dough than a batter).
  4. Spoon into prepared muffin tin and sprinkle tops with remaining walnuts. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Originally appeared on the Cuisinart Stand Mixer blog July 23, 2008.

The recipe says you can shred the zucchini in a food processor, but I don't have one so I grated my zucchini by hand.  Now I know why I haven't made zucchini bread before -- I'm too lazy to go through the trouble of grating!  I really am such a sloth -- I'd probably bake everything from a mix if the from-scratch version didn't taste so much better :)

Here's what my batter looked like before it went into the oven.  Like Jennie said, it's more like a dough than a batter; it's not runny at all, it doesn't seem very moist and it doesn't stick together very well.  Don't worry, the zucchini (you can see the green flecks) will provide plenty of moisture.

I packed everything into a single loaf pan instead of 2 like the recipe indicates (the cookbook doesn't mention a loaf version, only muffins, so I didn't think to use 2 pans).  As a result, the baking time was well over 1 hr, but it still came out very moist, without any burning, even though it was in the oven for so long  My loaf didn't cut cleanly into slices; there was a lot of crumbling at the edges. But it had a nice, rustic look, and it's absolutely delicious.  I may even decide it's worth the trouble of grating the zucchini -- or I could just convince Alfie to do the grating for me.  See, my food processor doesn't even need to be plugged in!

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1 comment:

Asianmommy said...

Yum! This looks wonderful.