Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread


Happy Monday morning to you! GOOD DAY!

Drink some coffee and wake up. Homemade iced caramel macchiatos are the way to go. I have them down to a science. If you come over sometime, I'll make you one.

I'll feed you a variety of baked goods and we can discuss Top Chef Masters.

So, old Art got kicked off, huh? I thought his burger looked good, but that strawberry-rice milk ice cream looked soupy and sloppy. I think he did deserve to go. But I will miss his southern-comfort food style of cooking, because I kind of feel like that's my style of cooking.

I'm not sure what to think about Anita. I know what a great chef she is, and I admire her, but she's not making me root for her on the show.

Hubert Keller is the man to beat, I think. He's going to win the whole show, probably. He's like a French chef robot. I don't think he can mess up.
But I secretly want him to. Shhhhh.

I own this movie, called "Winter Passing", and ironically enough, Zooey Deschanel stars, but that's beside the point. Ed Harris is in it too, and his character kind of looks like a creepy version of Hubert Keller. So I have this movie sitting out, and every time I walk by it, I look at the cover and think it's Hubert Keller. Let me show you what I mean:




That leaves Michael Chiarello and Rick Bayless. I love both of them! I can't decide which one I want to win. Michael is so cute and charming. Rick is too, and he's very meticulous which I like. Whose food would I rather eat? Rick Bayless. I think everything he has made sounds fantastic. I would love to eat at Frontera Grill someday. Also, I just remembered I used to watch his shows on PBS when I was in high school. (When I wasn't running high school book club meetings.. Heh.)
So I suppose I want Rick to win.



This is exciting stuff, I know, but we better move along and talk about Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. I know this sounds crazy. I know this bread probably doesn't appeal to many of you, but oh wow was it good.
Hot damn.

Imagine a zucchini bread studded with dark chocolate chips, with a hint of orange zest, topped with a cinnamon-sugar topping. Do those flavors work for you? No? I haven't won you over yet?

You have to believe me!! Am I going crazy? I liked this bread very much. The only tricky part is to NOT underbake it. You're going to think it's done, and it's not. Keep baking, my friends. Keep baking that bread. And don't take it out of the pan too early, and don't slice it too early. Okay?


Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread 

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, plus 3 tablespoons
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3 large eggs
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
2 cups grated zucchini
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a loaf pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; whisk in 1 1/4 cups sugar and chocolate chips until combined.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs until combined; add yogurt, oil, vanilla, orange zest and zucchini until well combined. Stir in dry ingredients until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Stir together additional 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon until combined. Sprinkle half over the top of the surface; using a knife, gently swirl cinnamon-sugar into bread. Sprinkle the additional cinnamon-sugar over the top. Bake for 1 hour-1 hour 10 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into bread comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cover bread with foil if it gets too brown. Cool 1 hour in pan, before running a knife around outside edges and removing.

Makes 8-10 servings


50 comments:

  1. It is an excellent way to get kids to eat their veggies!!! Looks good to me...if carrot cake can work, why not zucchini bread???

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  2. I love zucchini bread...add some chocolate and I'm sold!
    Looks delicious!

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  3. I like Art as well for his 'southern comfort', but he's too whiney. I love the way he calls the chefs honey though. Anita has no personality, talented though I'm sure. I want Rick to win. I'll have to look for that movie. Love me some Ed Harris, thought I would never thought that was him -- much prefer his balding look. Oh, and by the way, the zucchini bread looks awesome!

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  4. Love the show, and I too have been torn about who I want to win!

    The bread looks awesome, but lately I am in bread hell, I just can't seem to get the middle to cook no matter how long I bake it (in the process I over bake the rest of the bread)...

    I think the combo of ingredients here sounds awesome, can't wait to try it!

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  5. I can't believe I haven't posted about Top Chef yet. I will...today. I don't think Art should have gone. Anita doesn't seem like she wants to be there and HE did...A LOT. But that decision to buy "ice cream" was his fatal error.

    That bread looks great. I bet you don't even know it's zucchini when you taste it, not that that would be a problem for me.

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  6. Homemade Caramel Macchiatos? I'm there! :) This bread sounds great to me. The husband told me last week that he tried zucchini bread at work and liked it (very surprising), so now I want to make some. This shall be the recipe! Thanks.

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  7. MMMMMMMMMM,...this bread looks absolutely wonderful!!!

    Looks really delicious!!

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  8. Emily-this looks SO good! I've been trying out all different kinds of zucchini bread recipes this summer....your recipe is going to the top of the list! That cinnamon-sugar topping got my attention right away!!! :)

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  9. I love Rick and Michael but I think Hubert is going to win. He is a great chef. Nice zucchini bread!

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  10. I've been seeing all these awesome zucchini recipes and yours is at the top! It's the first I've seen that doesn't have chocolate (don't like)as a main ingredient. I really need to jump on the zucchini bandwagon before it passes me by like rhubarb did. Thanks for sharing I'm going to give this a try.
    ~ingrid

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  11. Mmmm, that looks and sounds sooo good!

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  12. I started out watching top chef masters and then stopped. I so need to get caught up.
    I saw a cc & zucchini bread and wanted to try it, so I might have to give yours a go. I love your recipes.

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  13. Happy Monday? Maybe pushing it; but chocolate chips can usually win me round. This looks SO GOOD. Capital letter amounts of good, my word.

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  14. Can you actually taste the zucchini inside? Because I am, er, not a zucchini lover, but somehow the idea of chocolate bread sounds better. Now if I can get veggies inside, that's for the better!

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  15. If you say it's a good bread than I'll take your word for it. It looks great!

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  16. unfortunately i dont watch Top Chef Masters. is it something like the UK's Master Chef? wow i sound like such a tv idiot. lol. anyway this zucchini bread looks lush!! lovin the flavours. i could do with that and some coffee now. mmmm.

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  17. more zucchini love, that's what i like to see! and cinnamon, yay! meanwhile, i ADORE rick bayless and i've been rooting for him from the get-go. he's so genuine and his food always looks tremendous.

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  18. The bread looks good and all, but where did you get those adorable dishes?!?

    ~ardie

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  19. I didn't read your first part (still haven't watched the DVR!) but the bread sure looks good!

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  20. Nice flavors going on there, even with the zucchini. ;-)

    I'll take some of that coffee too.

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  21. Looks delicious!

    I could sit and talk shop all day! I'll miss Art, and Anita just seems like she doesn't want to be there. In the end, I think I'm pulling for Michael to win.

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  22. I'm loving Top Chef Masters too! I'm sad now that I never went to Rick Bayless' restaurant when I lived in Chicago (I heard it wasn't very good, but I wish I would have tried it and seen for myself now). He seems like so much fun!

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  23. That's about the best looking zucchini bread I've ever seen!

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  24. LOL... I am still laughing at the similarity of those guys. And I can totally picture you walking by and staring at it! Hahaha!

    Anyway the bread looks and sounds totally scrumptious to me! I am going to try this one for sure. I'll have to pick up some zucchini at the farmer's market.

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  25. Looks great! I love the crust on that bread. I have trouble with quick breads underbaking as well. They look so done, and even get TOO crusty on the outside, before the inside is done.

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  26. Wow, this is a nice bread...such a great combination of ingredients...sounds and looks terrific...yummie!

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  27. If we add chocolate to zucchini bread I will be over ASAP. Have the macchiattos waiting:D

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  28. Anita is somewhat shy and modest. Her food is good eh?

    Em, everything you make is always so outstanding. You got the IT factor hon.

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  29. Wow, that bread looks awesome. I have never understood the appeal of zucchini bread, but with the flavors and - most importantly, the chocolate - you have going on there, I'd probably eat half the loaf.

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  30. Mmm, zucchini bread :) have you tried hershey's cinnamon chips??

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  31. Whatcha talkin about not thinking this sounds good? This is amazing. Cinnamon and chocolate chips and veggies... that's a beautiful thing. Glad to see you finally got your zucchini bread thing going :)

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  32. YUM - I love the sound of that bread! LOVE zucchini bread in the summer, and I'll eat just about anything with cinnamon and/or chocolate chips in it. I'll have to try this!

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  33. I just made zucchini bread. I am posting it tomorrow. I should of added choc. chips:)

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  34. Another great-looking recipe. I love how you incorporate yogurt into your recipes--it is one of my favorite baking ingredients.

    I've been saving (hah, I actually forgot about it) some zucchini in the freezer; so here is an excellent excuse to use it.

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  35. I need to find that Top Chef (have never watched it) and start watching it. I love Michael and Rick, too.
    Yummy zucchini bread. I think chocolate goes GREAT with it. Love the orange touch, too!

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  36. Okay - we've been discussing Top Chef Masters around here. We had said that we found it a little boring compared to Top Chef, but we also took into consideration that the contestants on Top Chef are probably selected partially for their personalities. Whereas, Top Chef Masters spend all their time entertaining people with food and not really working on their tv personas. Was sad to see Art go, too. Anxiously awaiting the return of Chef Colicchio weekly.

    Have some zucchini (I know! It keeps coming!) on the counter. Will have to try this if I haven't eaten all the chocolate chips.

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  37. Yummm! That I'll really gonna bake! the dough looks so soft. I love to add something healthy wherever I can. =)

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  38. Dude this looks awesome! Too bad I didn't plant zucchini this year (powder mildew killed them all last year and it was heartbreaking!) I may have to go buy some though!
    And thank you, now I have Hall and Oats stuck in my head. Serves me right for going on vacation! :)

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  39. Wait, you'll make me coffee AND baked goods? Hmm...if I leave now from California I should be there in time for breakfast tomorrow....

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  40. I wish you lived closer so I could give you all my zucchini, and you could make me all this bread. Yum. I was thinking that I was done with zucchini bread for the year, but these last 2 types you made sound too good to pass up!

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  41. You could throw chocolate in almost anything and I'd eat it. Looks great!

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  42. I haven't tried anything with zucchini yet, but you sure make me want to!! :) It looks delicious!

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  43. Oh my goodness I've just discovered your blog and I must say I ADORE it.

    This post alone encompases some of my favorite things - chocolate, macchiatos, & Bravo TV shows (particularly the top chef series).

    Looking forward to following.

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  44. I, too, have been meaning to post about Top Chef Masters. But I'm not sure I have anything to add except I think Rick Bayless is a genius.

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  45. What a beautiful bread, this is one I am going to try right now! I love bread and haven't had it in months, so maybe I should try and make this and have a slice or 5!

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  46. I made this tonight, and I really love it! I did use 1/2 wheat flour though, and substituted honey for the sugar in the bread, (but still put the cinnamon sugar on top)! Thanks for a great recipe!

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  47. this bread is amazing! i've made it twice now and it's been a hit both times. YUM. quick note, it overflowed the first time i made it in a loaf pan, so bakers-beware =)

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