Chocolate Zucchini Bread

What better way to wrap up the last full month of summer than with a recipe that uses up that certain produce everyone who owns a garden is trying to foist onto everyone else right now.  Zucchini!  Love it or hate it, it is quite abundant this time of year.  And even if you don’t like this green veggie, hiding it in a chocolate quick bread is obviously the best thing to do with it.  It will certainly make you reconsider your non-zucchini eating stance.  And, as usual, we’ve got you covered with a gluten-free variation and a whole wheat/natural sugar variation.

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Hummingbird Cake

If you didn’t grow up in the South or know someone from there, Hummingbird Cake might be something you’ve never heard of.  Well, thank goodness for you, that is about to change.  And no, there aren’t any hummingbirds involved.  This swoon-worthy Southern dessert consists of three layers of cake full of bananas, canned pineapple, sometimes nuts, and slathered together with cream cheese frosting.  How it got its name or where it actually originated from is a bit of a mystery.  But one thing is for sure, it is dang delicious!

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Stone Fruit Crostata with Anise Seed Cornmeal Crust

When fruit is at peak season, a crostata is a perfect dessert to showcase it.  Basically a rustic tart or pie, it requires none of the tedious crimping or lattice work for its crust.  Just roll out dough, pile fresh fruit in the center and then fold the edges around fruit.  This recipe utilizes the slicer/shredder attachment and the plastic whipping bowl.  We love being able to grate frozen butter and gently whisk it into dry ingredients for flaky crostata, pie or biscuits.

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