Solving Your “Zucchini Problem”…If You Grow It, You Know What I Mean

If you as have a garden and grow zucchini, you know that once it takes off, you have tons of it.  If you’re anything like me, you probably have a bank of tried and true zucchini recipes, but those recipes never last as long as the zucchini does.  Every year, I spend tons of time scouring the internet, magazines, and all of my cookbooks for something new to try.  We do zucchini bread, grilled slices of zucchini, zucchini tots, zucchini “spaghetti”, chocolate zucchini bread, stir fries, zucchini relish, and probably a hundred other recipes and preparations that aren’t coming to mind, and still, we always end up giving away and/or not using zucchini.

That was until I found this gem.  This recipe, this perfect piece of zucchini perfection, will help us use up what remains of our zucchini supply.  It should be noted that I came across this recipe on Pinterest…one of my current addictions.  It’s full of great ideas…how can something so awesome be so evil?!

I give you…Glazed Citrus Zucchini Cake

Lemon Glazed – Lemon Zucchini Cake – Version #1

*adapted from nancycreative.com

Ingredients: (for cake…for glaze ingredients, see below)

2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

2 eggs

1/2 c. canola oil (you could sub half applesauce)

2/3 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. buttermilk (a note here…I buy buttermilk powder and store it in the fridge…it keeps a very long time…I never buy buttermilk in the carton because I never get through the whole carton before it spoils – the powder can be found in the baking aisle of your supermarket)

2 T. citrus juice (1 lemon, 1 lime, half of an orange…whichever citrus you choose!)

zest of selected citrus

1 c. grated zucchini (yellow or green)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan…(grease and flour OR make a parchment paper sling –this makes it super easy to pull your baked cake out of the pan)

Prepared pan…I use cooking spray and a parchment sling…you’ll pour the batter in the middle and it will come out of the pan SO easily!

In a large bowl, blend flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat 2 eggs well, then add canola oil and sugar, and blend well.  Add buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon zest.  Blend everything well, fold in zucchini, and stir until evenly distributed in mixture.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients in the large bowl and blend until just mixed.

Pour batter into your prepared 9×5 loaf pan (or, honestly, whatever pan you want to bake in). Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Mine took 55-60 minutes).  Your pan selection and actual oven temperature will impact baking time.  Begin checking at the 40 minute mark, and go from there.

Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.  While loaf is cooling, make the glaze.

CITRUS GLAZE

1 c. powdered sugar

2 T. citrus juice

*You could add zest here too…I haven’t done it, but it would just intensify the citrus flavor.

Mix powdered sugar and juice until well blended.  Spoon glaze over cooled cake.  Let the glaze set, then serve.

 

*You might want to make two of these when you try it…this cake will go FAST!  I have made this with both lemon and lime and both are AMAZING.  If you end up loving this as much as I do, you can go ahead and bake the cake, cool, wrap well and freeze so that you have a stockpile of these.  Then, you can just make the glaze just before serving.

If you have zucchini in your house, make this, NOW.  I promise, promise, promise, you will NOT be sorry!

Lime Glazed Lime Zucchini Cake

Before I sign off, I wanted to share a couple more flavored waters that I’ve been making and drinking in this quest to rid myself of the diet soda.  Since we’re in citrus land, that’s where I’ll stay with the water.

Flavored Water Option 2 (1 was in the previous post) – Slice one lemon, and add to a pitcher of water.  Chill and enjoy…best when VERY cold!

Flavored Water Option 3 – Strawberry Lemon Water – Slice one lemon and quarter 5-6 strawberries and add to pitcher.  Chill and enjoy.

*Optional addition…add an herb like mint to either of these waters, and you’ll have another tasty combination…food  grade lavender would also be great in either of these!

Strawberry Lemon Water in my new flavor infuser cup…am I the only person addicted to these plastic cups with straws?! Way better than a water bottle…it’s like a grown-up sippy cup!!!

 

No matter what you do today, please savor it.  I’ve been reminded, too recently, how delicate and fragile this life is.  I know many people use the popular saying “You only live once,” as the rallying cry for risky behavior, but this cliché is too true.  We get only one life and it is too short to spend dwelling on the negative or wasting our precious time.  Please do something you love today, and please, please, please, make sure the people you love KNOW you love them.

Be happy and healthy!

 

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