Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread; R.I.P. my Hearts

I’ve posted this before but I’ve been making it so often lately I thought I’d share again.

There was a time when I wouldn’t touch Zucchini Bread. I found the thought of it totally unappealing.

But, when one tosses chocolate into the mix it bears a closer look.

When one adds two kinds of chocolate and some walnuts, I have to give it a try.

Other than the occasional green fleck, and the nice moistness of the cake, one would not know there were 3 cups of zucchini in these two loaves.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Total time: 60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3  large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 7oz (200gr) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped (3/4 – 1 cup)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3 cups grated or finely shredded zucchini

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Butter 2 large loaf pans, then line the bottom with wax or parchment paper.
  • Combine butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla in a large bowl and whisk well.
  • Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir gently until just starting to combine.
  • Add zucchini, chocolate chunks and walnuts and stir just until combined.
  • Spoon into loaf pans, dividing equally.
  • Bake 30 – 40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for at least 5 minutes.
  • Remove from pans and cool completely before slicing.

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I used to embrace change; I liked new technology; looked forward to whatever was the latest and greatest.

At least I thought I did until yesterday when I lost my Hearts game.

I’ve been playing that game since I got my very first PC,

Well, not quite…. My first PC was a DOS system and there was no Windows, no internet, no OS, let alone any games.

But my first computer after DOS had games and that was 20 years ago.

So, I’ve been playing the same Hearts game for 20 years.

It was simple, predictable, fast and did not require thought.

When Bonnie came for her 3 minutes of petting (which she does a few times a day) I could pet her with my left hand and play Hearts with my right.

I upgraded to Windows 10 yesterday.

They stole my Hearts.

I no longer have my simple solitaire or freecell or spider or hearts games

Oh, they included some new games, fancy games that require thought and have settings and are covered in ads.

I don’t want fancy and I really don’t want ads.

I want to stay in my nice comfortable rut with my nice simple games.

At the moment I am quite cross with Microsoft..

Just so you know, I do, on very rare occasions, actually play complicated computer games that require skill and thought. And I enjoy them.

But not for a 2 minute break in the routine to clear my head….

Or pet the dogs.

Can I have my games back, please?

As to the rest of the Win 10 upgrade – all the important stuff is fine but there are still a few things that need tweaking to get it to work the way I like.

And the tweaking is not as easy it used to be. Every upgrade makes tweaking more challenging.

Damn user-friendly computers…..

One always knew where they stood with 1’s and 0’s.

Comments 9

  1. I miss MahJong Titans which disappeared with Windows 8. Had I known, I might never have upgraded! Why, oh why, does Microsoft always think they have to improve every little thing!?!

  2. I used to play hearts on the computer, then one time I caught it cheating. Really. A card I had passed right showed up from the left. I quit playing it then.

  3. Well at least we have 30 days to decide whether we want to keep windows 10 or go back to what we had before, however, it does state that some of our programs may be lost forever if we do that. What to do, What to do!

  4. I am not so good with change when things like that happen. Where my computer is concerned I am stuck in a rut. I play Words with Friends – I am an addict for word games.

  5. nightsmusic, I’m not sure which irritates me more – the fact that they took them away or the fact that I can find replacements, but with ads…

    Tanna, brown sugar is good…. I ‘clear my mind’ too often some days.

    brassfrog, is nothing sacred?!?!?

    Delline, I’ve adjusted…. Once again I have adjusted to ‘progress’. Sigh….

    Kate, Oh dear…. Words is rather addicting, isn’t it?

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