Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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So, like everyone, I am a little obsessed with Pinterest.   I found this delicious seeming chocolate zucchini bread and needed to make it immediately.

The recipe can be found here – http://www.sliceoffeist.com/2010/08/very-grateful/

I decided to make them in a whole loaf form to keep at home, and mini cupcakes to take to work.

ImageThese little minis were adorable.  I made a cinnamon cream cheese frosting to top them off

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing:

4oz cream cheese, softened

1tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients until the icing is a thick spreadable consistency.  This won’t be like regular cupcake frosting, but would more resemble melted cream cheese.  It should be like that, its ok.  You can add more sugar if you want a sweeter more frosting-like texture.  I really wanted something more tangy and like a glaze so this was perfect for me.

I used the icing to glaze the whole loaf of bread.  Yum. Image

be mindful of the bake times.  If this goes even a minute too long, the bread will be very very dry.  Enjoy!

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Dijon Beer Bread

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Ok, so a friend of mine bought some beer when she was here… at Christmas time.  We’ve had this beer in our fridge… since Christmas time.  Its shameful that we didn’t drink this beer.  I don’t know who we are anymore.  Anyway, I’ve been obsessed with beer recipes lately to try to use it up since we clearly aren’t drinking it.  I made beer and bacon mac and cheese a few weekends ago (seriously, do it, it will change your life) and my hunger for beer-based foods was fueled and cannot be stopped.

If any of you out there are women, then I’m sure that you’ve been invited to a bunch of stupid parties – candle parties, purse parties, costume jewelry parties, sexy lingerie parties that you go to with your grandmother and then she wins a zebra print thong as a door prize and giggles.  And of course, Tastefully Simple parties.  Which are probably my favorite parties because of all the dips.  Girls love dips.  And what goes amazingly well with the Garlic Garlic dip?  The mother effing delicious beer bread.

Anyway, did you know that making beer bread is hella easy?  There is seriously like… AN ingredient in it.  Inspired by that mac and cheese, I added some mustard and created delicious delicious bread.  I stare at it with pride on a daily basis.  Like as much pride as the dude who created Edward Scissorhands when he looked at Edward Scissorhands.

3 cups self rising flour

12 oz (1 bottle) beer

2tbsp dijon mustard

1tsp black pepper

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp dried minced onion

Stir all ingredients in a bowl until just combined.  The dough will be thick like whoa, so prepare yourself for that.  I let my dough rise for about 5 minutes because I like looking at risen bread because its kind of like a science experiment. Then I mashed it down and threw it in a pam-sprayed loaf pan.  Bake at 375 for 45minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  What you get is a perfectly deliciously seasoned thick loaf of beer bread.

It would seriously be perfect to eat with spinach artichoke dip. Unfortunately my boyfriend loves the bread so much that its basically all gone and is not worth investing in spinach artichoke ingredients.  All dip and no bread makes Desiree a dull girl…