It's 10:57pm as I'm beginning this post. Why so late? Because Martha Stewart doesn't like me.
I don't have the link anymore (deleted in frustration), but I was attempting to make her Key Lime Bars. Specifically bought everything that I didn't already have, followed the recipe exactly, and it's been in the fridge now for... nearly 8 hours. Yet when I try to pick up a piece, it's like soft pudding on the top. Yummy, zesty lime pudding that does taste good, but it's definitely nothing like the reviews or the pictures imply it should be. Grr. This is second Mahtha recipe in a row that winds up being very far from it's intentions.
Onto a happier note, a few months ago Never Bashful With Butter had posted a fabulous story about her grandmother's zucchini bread. Not only is it zucchini bread, but it also contains gumdrops. (See the post) It was such a great story and so interesting sounding, that I've had it saved in my 'maybe trying' folder since first reading. I bought some zucchini last week and decided, around 9pm, since the lime bars weren't working, I had to make something I could post about today. :D
Admittedly, this is my first time working with zucchini. In fact, up until the past few years, it had always been on my "foods that I say I don't like even though I haven't tried them" list. Shredding and then somewhat dicing zucchini was not fun. It sticks to itself. As I'm sure many of you already know this, but bear with me.
The gumdrops, in NBWB's post, she mentions slicing them and rolling them in sugar. Do this. The center of gumdrops is superduper sticky. What I did was put some sugar on a plate, then cut the gumdrop lengthwise in the sugar. Rolled it a bit, then cut the slice in half, again rolling. Maybe not the best way, but it worked well enough.
I'll warn you now, these aren't the prettiest muffins in the world. Seriously, the pictures make them look better than they do in real life. But they taste surprisingly good. I had mine when it was about twenty minutes out of the oven and it was just so warm and moist, it made me happy. :)
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup quartered gumdrops (see note above)
1 cup applesauce
2 cups sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
3 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. (I wound up making 20)
Mix together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and quarter gumdrops in a bowl; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, applesauce, and sugar. Add in zucchini and vanilla. Gradually add in flour mix. Fill muffin cups about 2/3s full.
Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.