Thursday, September 3, 2009
What to do with Zucchini & Cucumbers
Freeze measured out portions of Zucchini or cucumbers diced or grated for future recipes.Both Cucumbers and Zucchini are ingredients in many fantastic recipes.
1.Freeze 2 cups grated zucchini (run thru a food processor,chopper or blender)in ziplock sandwich bags. MANY RECIPES !!
2. Freeze 1-2 cups of grated cucumbers for recipes (Cucumber Dill bread or rolls)~fantastic toasted or use with grilled cheese, grilled tuna fish.
ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CAKE
BAKE 325F. (50-6MIN.)
Cream Together: 1/2c butter
1/2c vegetable oil (or 1/2c applesauce + 1 Tb oil)
1 3/4c sugar
Add & mix well: 2 large eggs
1/2 c buttermilk or sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 c. grated zucchini
Fold in by hand: 3/4 c chocolate chips
1/2 c walnuts (optional)
Note: You can buy buttermilk in powdered form. This works best so you're not stuck with a lot of leftover liquid buttermilk.For this recipe 2TB buttermilk powder mixed in 1/2c water)
CUCUMBER PAN ROLLS Yields 1 dozen
Bake 375F 30-35 min
Mix together in small bowl & allow to foam up
1 pkg Active dry yeast (or 1 Tb)
1 Tb sugar
1 tsp salt
3/4c diced cucumber
1/2c sour cream
Add above 2 ingredients to saucepan and heat to near scalding(not boiling)(to kill enzyme that will inactivate yeast in the sour cream)~ and cool to baby bottle warm (too hot will kill yeast).
3 3/4 - 4 1/4 c all purpose flour
2 Tb minced chives
2 tsp minced fresh dill or 3/4 tsp dill weed
In a mixing bowl on low speed,combine 1 1/4 c flour,yeast mixture and gradually add cucumber sour cream mixture.Beat on high for 3 min.
Change to dough hook and add enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.(Or knead by hand 6-8 minutes until elastic).
Place in greased bowl,flip dough over so as to grease top.Cover & place in warm place to rise. ( I place mine in oven heated to 135F then shut off oven when it reaches that temp). LET RISE 1 HOUR.
Punch down dough ; let rest 10 min;Shape into 12 balls and place in greased 13" x 9" x 2 " baking pan.
Cover & let rise till doubled about 45 min
BAKE 375F for 30-35 min or until golden brown.Remove from pan & let cool on wire rack about 10 min.