Best of Show Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I started making zucchini dishes in 1982 when my husband, 12-year-old daughter and I were living in Blue Jay, Ohio, on the Indiana border.  We had two acres which my husband had filled with every kind of plant, tree and bush that would produce something edible – barely leaving room for a small house in the center.  He loved to grow zucchini because he was rewarded with basket after basket of them and as a novice country dweller, I tried to make use of every single piece of fruit or vegetable he brought in the house.

By 1987, I had tried a lot of zucchini recipes and was looking for something different to take to our Hamilton County Fair (Cincinnati).  I decided to take a favorite recipe from the Bear Wallow Zucchini cookbook and change it from a spicy zucchini bread to a chocolate one.  The bread not only won the blue ribbon at the fair, but also won the Best of Show rosette.  It’s a delicious zucchini treat.

BEST OF SHOW CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD

  • Servings: Two 9-inch loaves OR two 7-1/2-inch loaves plus one 5x2-inch loaf OR six 5x2-inch loaves and one 7-1/2-inch loaf
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  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (unpeeled)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour loaf pans of your choice

In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs; add cocoa and whisk until smooth.  Whisk in oil, sugar and vanilla.

Stir in zucchini.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, soda and salt.  Stir into zucchini mixture.  Stir in walnuts.

Pour into greased/floured pans, filling about 3/4 full, and bake @ 350 degrees F.

Loaves are done when a tester inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean

  • Two 9×5 loaves – bake for approximately one hour
  • Two 7-1/2×3-¾ loaves and one 5×2-1/2 mini-loaf  – bake for approximately 50 minutes (check mini-loaf at 35 minutes).
  • Six 5×2-1/2 mini-loaves and one 7-1/2×3-¾ loaf for approximately 50 minutes (check mini-loaves at 35 minutes).

Allow bread to cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to cool completely on a rack. 

This is one quick bread that could easily be a dessert.  It’s rich, chocolatey, moist and full of crunchy nuts.  But the most important thing to me in 1987 was that it used 2 cups of zucchini.

My picture was taken for the fair’s publication, “The 132nd Annual Hamilton County Fair Salutes its 1987 Best of Show Winners”.  (I had won Best of Show with three different items that year.)


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

5 thoughts on “Best of Show Chocolate Zucchini Bread”

  1. I love Zucchini Bread..and this chocolate version sounds and looks really good. I love hearing about your fair stories..and thanks for sharing your winning recipes. We are starting up another bible study this fall and I have been wondering about what to take besides banana bread!!

  2. We love zucchini but have never had it made like this. I use it in pasta and we adore zucchini soup. I think I might have to see if I can get some at a farm this weekend and try this. How fun to see that photo of you.

    Thanks for the comment about my Make Do projects. I love recycling and using old items that would otherwise be forgotten in life.

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

  3. Chocolate…yum! I’ve never had chocolate zucchini bread, but I can see why your recipe won. It looks delicious! Can’t wait until the temps cool down so I can try so many of your recipes. I have to keep changing the order of which ones to make.

  4. I love zucchini bread, but have never tried the Chocolate variety. So, I’ve just now copied your recipe and must give it a try. I’m sure I’ll love it, as chocolate rules in my home. What a wonderful photograph of you, and a sweet memento of your winning day! Thanks for sharing!
    Maureen

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