However, some are more successful then others.
Experiment #1: Bread Machine Zucchini Bread.
I made banana bread in the bread machine over the weekend and it came out OK. The flour kind of clumped up around the edges and the texture seemed a bit chewy. Given that the bread machine mixes the batter for 24 minutes this is hardly surprising. I played around and tried to make my own custom setting on the machine. I premixed the batter and had the machine mix it for an additional 2 minutes. Then it baked. I think it should have gone longer, but my machine wouldn’t let me start another cycle since it was already hot. There where some other contributing factors to the semi-pudding like status of the bread. I grated the zucchini pretty fine, and as a result I think i used more zucchini then I should have and the zucchini was more watery then if it was in bigger pieces. I have made my observations and learned my lessons.
DId I mention that the reason we are using the bread machine is because the oven is broken? I don’t want anyone thinking I’m lazy. The food processor is broken which is why I used the grater in the first place. After that my dad and I did some dumb things involving tin foil and string to make the food processor work. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to be responsible for anyone who repeats the act.
Experiment #2: Zucchini Carrot Cake
Most of my sqush based recpies come from Garden Way’s Zucchini Cookbook If you can find a copy for cheap you should get it. I get requests for the pumpkin cheesecake every year.
As I said the oven is broken, so I used the dutch oven outside. I’m pretty new at the dutch oven thing and I havn’t gotten the temperature control thing down, which is why I normally stick to apple crisp (less chemistry in apple crisp) I’ll spare you the gory details of dutch oven baking and just say I need to fine tune my skills to keep an accurate and consistent temp.
I used the Good Eats cream cheese frosting because it used a full thing of cream cheese and not just the 3oz called for in the book.