Lemon Zest Zucchini white Chocolate Mini Loafs

Lemon Zuchini white chocolate mini Loafs

Lemon Zest Zucchini White Chocolate Mini Loafs 

It is 40 days before  Fall and who is counting right? Summer time I love to savor the fresh fruits and vegetables  that I get from our local small business grocery stores.  I have a thing for Lemons I put them in my drinking water with fresh mint leaves from our back yard as well as cucumbers. I also love to drink lemonade, and eat lemon Meringue Pie, Tarts I can go on and on.

I am the type of person who does not like to waste food, and if you lived in my generation of parents who said ,”Eat what you have on your plate before you leave the table there are starving children out there that would want your food.”  Then you would totally understand.  I recently had bought Zucchini and totally forgot about it since the middle drawer of my refrigerator seems to get forgotten of those hidden buys.  I was going to make Zucchini bread, but thought why not try something a little different lets add some zest to it and see what happens.  Now a little hint about picking the best lemons always look for ones that are very bright in color, and a little soft when you squeeze it that tells you it is nice and juicy. Now I had added the white chocolate chips to this recipe because I have learned that the white chocolate chips when they melt inside they actually give a nice sweetness, not to sweet just right.  These loafs are great for gift giving, parties and events, small bites they just fit in the palm of your hand bon appetit!

Recipe:

4 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

4 eggs

1/2 cup of oil

1/2 cup of butter ( Soften)

1 1/3 cup of sugar

1 cup of sour cream

4 table spoons of fresh lemon juice

1 table spoon of lemon zest

2 cups of grated Zucchini

1/2 cup of white chocolate chips

Combine all dry ingredients, white chocolate chips, set aside. In separate  bowl beat eggs, oil, butter, sugar until creamy . Add sour cream, lemon juice and lemon zest stir until combined. Fold in Zucchini and add dry ingredients.  Don’t  over mix just stir until combined. Grease and flour the mini loaf pans.  I get my mini loaf pans from Wilton bake products.  Scoop the batter evenly in the mini loaf pans, make sure you do not over fill them or else they will rise over. I usually scoop to fill half way. bake at  350 degrees for  25 min, of course I usually set at 20 min and take a look to see does it need more time because I do not like to set it to long or else you are going to get a burnt mess.  Everyone’s Oven is different in baking .  Put a tooth pick in the loaf to see if it comes out clean if so then you are done, ready to take them out of the oven. Cool in the pan for ten minutes, then remove and place on paper towel or a cooling rack.  After they are cooled, top them with lemon glaze.

Glaze:

1 Cup of powdered sugar

2 tsp of lemon juice

Mix ingredient in a bowl until all lumps are removed.  pour over the loafs and spread with a spoon. let glaze set up slightly.

 

 

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Cool as a Cucumber drink H2O

Cool as a cucumber drink

It is that time of year when  Summer becomes hot, and we all become a little more active doing  something out doors whether it be doing  sporting activites, working out in the yard, or just playing in the sun. This is when we have to hydrate ourselves with a little bit of H20.

Now I am one that hates water unless it has some flavoring to it then that is when I drink it. A couple of weeks ago my mother mentioned to me about this little concoction that she made up for her water. At first I was like yeah yeah mom OK I will try it, not. Then I thought about it and she did say it is refreshing, and something that helps with detoxing yourself so that made me even more curious.  I have to say this is a hit in my house and she was so right ( I hate saying my mom is right so don’t tell her that! ). It is such an easy idea, and so refreshing you could enjoy this even at a party. You could just add sparkling water to it, and it would be so cool, crisp and refreshing you would keep drinking more.

Recipe for Cool as a Cucumber

Cut 5 slices of Cucumbers

cut 3 slices of Lemon ( I like to use Meyer Lemon)  Tid bit the darker yellow the better

cut up Mint leaves if they are big leaves use about 4 leaves  ( tid bit with mint when buying it make sure you can smell it about a couple of inches away from your nose if so buy that one very potent and the best kind)

Put that in your pitcher, and then add ice cubes and fill it up with water.

I let it sit over night to get a lot of the flavors from the ingredients, now of course if you are going to use sparkling water let it sit for an hour before serving.  Can not wait to try this at our next little family event!