Tuesday, November 7, 2017

olive oil zucchini cocoa mini loaves with ricotta & crushed pistachio

I just have to buy 2 zucchini and a few ounces of pistachios (@the bulk section of the grocery store) to make this since I have all the other ingredients. The store brand ricotta cheese was on sale. They turned out to be like a bar of that Nestlé dark chocolate with pistachios in it called Damak®. The 3 cups of grated zucchini disappeared and the house smelled like an olive oil mill!

Next time I'll make a muffin out of it or a regular-sized loaf and with out the cocoa-per the "great white hunter's suggestion" (argh!). But he loved these little guys all the same.

They turned out to be fluffy, moist and scrumptious!

 Ingredients:

2 cups flour
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c dark cocoa
1 T baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 salt

2/3 c evoo
2 eggs
1/2 cup ricotta cheese (subs. with sour cream)
1/2 c milk
1 t almond extract

3 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup crushed pistachio nuts

Procedure:

Use a mini-loaves pan for this recipe-if you have one. You can use a jumbo muffin pan or cupcake size pan. Or use a regular loaf pan. Baking times vary by shape and size of your baking pan/s.

Lightly brush/apply cooking oil or line with paper liners.

Squeeze out the liquid from the grated zucchini using a clean wet kitchen towel. Set aside.

Whisk first 6 (dry) ingredients in a large bowl. In another medium bowl, whisk olive oil, eggs, ricotta cheese, milk and almond extract.

Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir to combine without over doing it. Fold in the grated zucchini. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Fill each receptacle almost to the brim with the batter. Sprinkle with crushed pistachio nuts. Bake for 10 minutes under 400° F then lower to 375° F to continue baking for 15 minutes or until dry on top but springy soft. Do the toothpick test too all the way to the bottom of 1 loaf.

Cool to room temperature.

Assembly: 

I you wish, drizzle with dulce de leche and chocolate sauce on the plate, pipe inside a mini loaf some chocolate ganache, place loaf on the sauces and top the loaf with a scoop or 2 with vanilla gelato and finish with a chocolate shell. And that is taking it to the next level!

I enjoyed mine as is.

Yup! Minus 1 there.