Wiser? Probably not. Older? Yep….

I can’t believe it. For the first time I am missing Tuesdays with Dorie. But don’t get mad, you can’t get mad at me…it’s my birthday tomorrow(not my blogs…but mine) so you have to be nice!
I had every intention of making the Apple Cheddar Scones that Karina of the Floured Apron chose…except that the weather chose not to cooperate. Right about the time I got to feeling better Summer finally decided to show up around these parts(it’s been so cold here people were calling it Junuary). And when Summer came it came hard. We don’t usually get into the high 80’s and low 90’s(we average in the low 70’s for June) and when we do we all tend to melt since very few of us around here have air conditioning. I being one of the air conditionless am not about to turn on the oven…not even to bake me my very own birthday cake(Cold Stone here I come for an ice cream cake).
So into the vault I went to find this chocolate zucchini bread I made a little while back.
I’ll admit it doesn’t really say birthday, but it does say breakfast. And since there are two loaves sitting in the freezer right now, it will probably be my birthday breakfast…if I remember to take it out. I am getting old you know. Although apparently not old enough. I had to laugh as in the couple weeks I have received quite a few comments and emails about the photos(of me) in my blog. How everyone thought I was older than what I am. Is it because I am wise beyond my years? HA! More like I keep my body filled with pastries…plump adds more youth as it fills in the wrinkles. ;) Something to remember.
This is a nice moist bread as it has mascarpone cheese as well as buttermilk in it. I used a super dark chocolate…I want to say 76%. Not positive though. I won some free chocolate at a Seattle Food Blogger get together and was using that. I had a couple to choose from and I don’t remember which one I picked…again with the old age.
How will I be spending my birthday you ask? I always start the day by going to the gym. Nothing says I love you to your body and heart like a nice little cardio workout. And I figure if I can still drag my butt there to do it then I can’t be THAT old. :o Then a quick lunch with a friend and then out to the Melting Pot for dinner with my beloved hubby. We go the Melting Pot each year. I just love fondue…it’s so fun. I already got my birthday gift…a nice little shopping spree at Williams-Sonoma, so you know I was a happy girl!
P.S. Happy Canada Day for all that applies to!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
3 eggs
1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
Heat oven to 350°F.
Melt together butter and chocolate over medium heat in a double boiler.
When melted remove from heat.
Mix in mascarpone cheese until it melts in with the chocolate mixture.
Place mixture into a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix in sugars, zucchini, eggs and vanilla on low speed until well combined.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Add half of the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl. Then add the buttermilk. Then add the remaining dry ingredients.
Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8×4-inch loaf pans.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes(about 20-25 minutes for mini loaves) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack.
Remove from pans and continue to cool on wire rack.


  1. A very Happy Birthday, Peabody. Chocolate would be a great way to start a birthday, in my books for sure.:)
    The thought about wrinkle free and young, I’ll remember.

  2. happy birthday…. the cake looks sooo moist….

  3. Happy Birthday!! That looks so moist it looks like cake!

  4. Happy Birthday! That cake looks great! Very original!



  5. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Gracciiieeeee!!! Happy birthday to you!!!

    Love you!

  6. Hope you had a lovely birthday!

    This does look like a delicious breakfast bread, it looks super moist :). (great pic!)

  7. Happy birthday! I also have to bake in a place with no air conditioning where it can get ridiculously hot in the summer. The bread looks great.

  8. Happy Birthday! I don’t blame you for not baking! Take a break!

  9. LOVE this recipe! Hope you have a Happy Birthday!

  10. Awww Happy Birthday! It’s good that someone is spoiling you on your special day.
    Your hubby, like mine, knows that he can never go wrong with a Williams Sonoma gift card.
    And I just love the Melting Pot too.
    Have an awesome day girl!!!!

  11. Happy Birthday, my dear friend. I wish you so well, even from far and without knowing you in person.
    Have fun! I love fondue, too, but I would also love a slice of this beauty right now.

  12. Look at that bread! Not a smidge of green showing,they’ll never know the good they’re getting. Happy Birthday!!

  13. Happy Birthday! I think we can all understand!

  14. happy birthday peabody!!!

  15. Happy birthday Peabody!Chocolate and mascarpone…surprise surprise!! :)
    Hope you get to enjoy your day to the fullest!

  16. Happy Birthday! I hope this year is full of delicious baked goodies as the previous! :) Have a nice day and lovely cake

  17. Happy Birthday! I hope this year is full of delicious baked goodies as the previous! :) Have a nice day *and the cake is looks great.

  18. happy birthday peabody! the bread is amazing!

  19. Happy Birthday Peabody! Sorry about the heat…but I have something cool for you over at my blog…you know me and birthdays. You have the perfect formula for staying young…work out to keep the heart going, eat what you love to keep a smile on your face, and have fondue once a year with your sweetie.

  20. Happy birthday Peabody! That bread looks amazing. Hope you have a great day (but with a Williams Sonoma shopping spree and a hot date I don’t know how you couldn’t!)

  21. Zucchini bread is one of my terrible addictions. I hope you’re happy . . . making it that much harder for me to quit.

  22. Happy Birthday Peabody. What better way to start your day than with a slice of that yummy looking cake/bread. Hope you had a wonderful day.

  23. hey–happy birthday! hope you had a great day! fondue sounds like a perfect way to celebrate–yum!!

  24. This is the only way I will eat Zucchini! Oh Happy Day!!

  25. Belated Happy Birthday! This bread looks fabulous. I’ve planted zucchini in my vegetable garden for the first time this year and I will definitely be making this later this summer. Thanks!

  26. Happy birthday (a little late). I hope your day was fabulous. And, hooray, it’s pouring so we can bake away to our hearts’ content! What fickle weather we have.

    I wish I could get away with making chocolate zucchini cake. My husband loathes zucchini and swears he can taste it in whatever I’m trying to hide it in.

  27. Happy Birthday! And what an interesting (and I’m sure tasty) combo! It looks gorgeous.

    Have a great bday!

  28. Happy belated birthday!

  29. haven’t had too much time to visit blogs the last few days – sorry i missed your birthday but happy belated birthday!!! the zucchini bread looks so moist and delicious, love how it includes chocolate :)

  30. Belated happy birthday Peabody. I hope it was fun.

  31. happy belated birthday! i’m a little behind on my google reader, so i’m just seeing this. i just starred this recipe to use when i get my first zucchinis out of my vegetable garden. i can’t wait! it looks fabulous!

  32. Aw, happy belated birthday! Looks like a great cake to celebrate with, and not feel totally guilty about afterwards. It counts as a vegetable, right? ;)

  33. That bread looks so rich and tasty. I love zucchini, but have never actually made it into bread. Better put it on the ever-growing to cook list :)

    Hope you had a great birthday!

  34. I’ve been absent from my blog of late, but I’ve been checking out my faves. I made this recipe earlier this week, as muffins–mercy! Sooooooooo good, moist, chocolaty, delish. Thanks for another great recipe that has quickly become a family favorite.

  35. Great recipe! I made both muffins and mini-loafs and they were an instant hit. The kids loved them (of course, no telling them there was veg inside!) and my co-workers adored it. I like the addition of mascarpone, it really zings it up.


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