Usually, when we have something special going on here (like our Fall Open House this week), we like to serve samplings of food and dip mixes we sell in the store. We often will also have coffee, cider or some such beverage that suits the season. We will have plenty of food sampling this week – – zucchini bread, apple bread, spice pumpkin dip mix, salsa, and more. We will also be sampling a cake that we do not have a mix for . . . but is simple enough to make, and scrumptious to eat. Don’t know when we will have it out or how long it will last (not long I’m guessin’), but hopefully you will be here to taste Chocolate Zucchini Cake!
We love Zucchini Bread, and we love the various Zucchini Breads with raisins, nuts and chocolate chips! But we searched the internet for other ways to use all the zucchini many of us are up to our knees in by this time of year. There are lots and lots of great recipes for using up those big guys (or those now frozen bags of grated zucchini). Voila’. At Epicurious.com we found a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake — with dozens and dozens of positive comments (that was important). It seemed simple to make, less than an hour to bake and practically guaranteed to be delicious!
In case the link to Epicurious doesn’t work for you, we’ll share this recipe for what has to be The Best Ever chocolate cake!
2 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter room temperature 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini 3/4 cup chopped walnuts 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325° F. Butter and flour 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter and oil in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract. Mix in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk in 3 additions each. Mix in grated zucchini. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over top. Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool cake completely in pan.
* We added 1 teaspoon baking powder to dry mix, left out the chocolate chips, and mixed the walnuts into the batter.
Moist, chocolatey, yum m m m my . . .
Take a sneek peek into our Fall Open House next week . . . September 13 – 16
You will love our ‘tastes’ of the season. Tomato salsa . . . zucchini bread . . . pumpkin spice dip mix . . . gingerbread . . . apple bread . . . caramel apple coffee . . . mulled apple cider . . . and more great and easy food ideas for at-home-everyday, tailgating and other fall get-togethers!
Everyone loves give-aways! Sign up for several of them, including a quilted Bella Taylor handbag, a one year subscription to Country Sampler Magazine and a woven throw. With your purchase, you can Bob For Apples (our own version) – and win some great prizes!
Each day will feature a different group of items on sale in addition to our regular sale ‘corner’. Stop by all four days to check out the special feature!
Stop by Saturday morning to see one of our newest collections – Embellish Your Story by Roeda”™ and learn how to take scrapbooking and personalization to a whole new level. See how to mix and match multiple formats with magnetic personal embellishments to enhance and celebrate your story.
And, the tradition continues with our annual fall food drive. Bring along non-perishable food items and receive $5.00 off your purchase over $20.00. Your donation will benefit the Food Pantry at the Hanover Red Cross. Be generous . . . each year we’ve done this, we’ve ‘weighed in’ with more food than the year before!
See you soon!
Day ten of our 12 Days of CHRISTMAS sale, Wednesday, we have ‘Winter Birds’ to decorate your winter decor. Check the photos below to see some of the cuties. They measure about 3 – 4 inches high. Each bird is 40% off the regular price — or if you buy 3 or more — we will take 50% off!
Today we are also sampling Pelican Bay’s Cranberry Orange Bread Mix. Yummy — all their mixes are great!