zucchini cake with chocolate & pistacios

so it was big. really big, that zucchini i got from my neighbour. more like a little monster that grew in her garden. since i cant say no to any vegetable or fruit, i just had to take it. and there i was with this huge zucchini - "i better come up with an idea real quick" i thought, because there was no way it would fit in my fridge (also because it was full with fruit and butter and eggs and cheese anyway). the lovely deb over at smitten kitchen posted a wonderful recipe recently about a zucchini bread that was on top of my list anyway. so it was zucchini cake - more like 6 of them, because that green moster wheigted about 1 kilo so there were a few cakes to bake. but it's so easy to make, you wont spend too much time in the kitchen. really a wonderful recipe to do - the smell of it was so strong that it travelled all the way from my kitchen to my balcony - i couldnt wait to slice it and serve it with a generous amout of ice-cream.

adapted from smitten kitchen

3 eggs
250ml olive or vegetable oil
160g sugar
about 280g grated zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
330g flour
4 teaspoons cinnamon
a generous pinch nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt
100g chopped pistacios or pecan nuts
90g chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180 c°.

line two 25cm loaf pans with parchment paper.
in a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk. mix in oil and sugar, then zucchini and vanilla.
combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt, as well as pistacios & chocolate chips. stir this into the egg mixture. divide the batter into prepared pans.
bake loaves for 60 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

it's best served still warm with some vanilla icecream. if you want to be really kinky, pour over some chocolate glaze - just ver, very good!

fancy more recipes using veggies and herbs? - then check out zorras blog, she is hosting this weeks WHB.