Baking

April 25: National Zucchini Bread Day

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Today is National Zucchini Bread Day! It's also my dad's birthday, so I decided to make a Chocolate Zucchini Cake (close enough)! First you start with your Zucchinis!

Zucchinis are a summer squash and in different countries (like England) they call them Courgettes.

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 2 tsp baking soda
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 1tsp cinnamon
  8. 4 eggs
  9. 1 1/2 cups veg oil
  10. 3 cups grated zucchini
  11. 3/4 cup walnuts or unsweetened shredded coconut

Method:

Wash & Grate your Zucchinis (to get 3 cups, I used 2 medium zucchinis)

 

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Mix Ingredients #1-7 together (dry ingredients)

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Add Eggs & Veg Oil, and mix well.

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Fold in Zucchini and Coconut.

Pour Mix into greased Cake Pan.

Bake at 350F for 50 mins.

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Sometimes when the cake comes out of the pan it's not perfect. Not a big deal because you can cover it with the icing!

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Baking with Jackie Ellis

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A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to bake with Jackie Ellis. In case you didn't know, Jackie owns Beaucoup Bakery, and is an amazing pastry Chef!! I first asked Jackie to teach me how to make Pain au Chocolat, but since I don't have a lot of baking experience yet, we decided that cookies would be a better thing to start off with. IMG_7584Jackie decided that we would make oatmeal- cocoa- nib and chocolate cookies. Mmmmm!

IMG_7600We started by mixing all our ingredients together to get nice dough.

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I  got the chance to ask Jackie when her passion to bake first started.  She told me she loved sweets as a kid. but when she was little her mom didn't let her eat any treats with sugar unless they were home made.

So, when she felt like sweat treats, she would ride her bike to the library to find a cookbook with a recipe and then make them herself.  Learning how to bake also helped Jackie connect with her friends at school and  Canadian food culture.

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Once we were done spooning the dough onto baking sheets , we balled them up and put them in the oven to bake.

IMG_7605Now for the fun part. We wanted to make s'mores, and for s'mores you need Jackie Ellis' home made marshmallows.

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First we brought the corn syrup to a boil. We later mixed it in the gelatin mix that we had sitting in the mixer.

We were flavouring our marshmallows with Vanilla, so Jackie taught me how to slice a vanilla bean and get out all the good flavour from the inside! VanillaBean_JE

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Then we mixed in the sugar syrup into the gelatin & water until we had the right consistency.

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 Once we had the marshmallow to the right texture, we coated them in a cornstarch-icing- sugar blend so they wouldn't be sticky. IMG_7611

Then we used a cookie cutter to cut them into discs, so they'd fit into our cookies.

IMG_7616 The cookies smelled so delicious coming out of the oven! IMG_7619

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Cookies + Marshmallows = AWESOME

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Baking with Jackie was an amazing experience. Maybe you'll see a Day at Beaucoup Bakery post soon! Pain Au Chocolat here I come!!

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And if you're craving some amazing baked goods after reading this! You totally have to go to Beaucop!! Also recommended by me is the Kouign Amann!!