A very moist and flavorful chocolate bread that uses up a whole lot of your zucchini harvest!
Author: Kathrin @ ginger, lemon & spice
Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 20 slices
270 g (1 cup) sugar
190 g (1½ cups) flour
25 g (1/3 cup) cocoa powder
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
80 g (1/2 cup) olive oil
120 g (1/2 cup) plain yoghurt (I used 3,5 % fat)
1 tsp vanilla extract
440 g (3 cups) zucchini (finely grated and water pressed out)
130 g (1 cup) dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate pieces
Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Butter and flour a big loaf tin (or two smaller ones).
In a large bowl mix eggs and sugar for about 5 minutes until pale, fluffy and very creamy.
Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt at once and mix on slow speed until incorporated.
Then pour in olive oil, yoghurt and vanilla and mix through.
Fold in zucchini and chocolate.
Pour your mixture into your loaf tin(s) and bake for 65 minutes. Check if the chocolate bread is ready by inserting a wooden skewer. If there is still wet dough on the skewer leave it in the oven for longer. (mine needed 20 minutes more when baked in one loaf tin)
What I have for you today are some delicious Turkish cookies called Kurabiye! They are crunchy on the outside and a little softer on the inside which comes from adding the yoghurt to the dough! Also I liked the dough VERY much because it has such a funny texture which should remind you of how an earlobe feels! That was all I was thinking about when I formed them, I had soo much to laugh 😀 Sometimes I’m a little childish!!
Three days ago I told you about some drinking habbits of the Turkish people. And this is something that goes perfectly with it! Eat those Kurabiye (Almond and Citrus Cookies) with a nice cup or glass of tea and just enjoy 🙂
Something else that goes with tea or coffee is Turkish Delight! Have you ever heard of it? It has something of the consistency of gummybears but is cut in cubes or cylinders! It is a sweet delicacy to nibble on while you taste the bitterness of the coffee or tea! You can buy it in very many different flavors and filled with nuts or herb aromas or fruit juices… My absolute favorite ones were the Lokum (Turkish word for Turkish Delight) with pomegranate flavor and filled with pistacchios!! But the honey and walnut ones were sooo delicious too! 🙂 If you try them make sure to buy some good ones, because there are big differences in the quality. They have whole stores in Turkey devoted to sell just Turkish Delight which tells you how important this specialty is in Turkey!
You can see the Lokum on the right side, it was with honey, hazelnuts and coconut!
Cookies are very popular in Turkey too, throughout the year! You can find and buy them fresh in special bakeries, supermarkets or coffee shops. I tried a big mixed box of cookies from a coffee shop nearly at the end of my stay and I had some regrets about that 😉 They had many different flavors like chocolate, vanilla, pistacchio, with Kellog’s, with nuts or choc chips – it was amazing! And they were soo delicious too!!
On my next stay in Turkey I definitly will buy them again – I have not found the same quality here in the Turkish markets in Germany!
The recipe for one type of cookie you can find below – the yummy almond and citrus cookies 🙂
Hope you like them as much as I did!!
Don’t forget: If you have any questions about Turkey, or if you have made your own experiences with Turkish food, the people, the culture or the country please leave a comment!! I would love to hear about it!
Today I am going to talk about some special drinks in Turkey. As most of the people in Turkey are Muslims and they should not drink alkohol of course the drinks I am talking about are alcohol free!
There are three drinks in Turkey that I would consider the most traditional: Tea, Coffee and Ayran.
The people in Turkey drink tea or Çay as the Turkish word is almost everytime of the day. It is even some kind of a social thing! People meet for tea at work between breakfast and lunch and also between lunch and dinner. It is a special time everyone knows about! It is nice to have that break and talk to your collegues 🙂 Also you will be served a glas of tea after every meal – in restaurants and also at home! The tea I’m talking about is a black tea brewed very strongly in a two kettle pot. In the upper one there is the tea and in the lower one is water. When you want to serve the tea you pour just a little bit of the very strong tea into your glas and fill it up with the hot water. Drinking tea is an everyday thing, but it is also celebrated. And that is especially in summer too! I was really surprised when I was offered a hot beverage on those hot days but I took a chance and accepted and it was unbelievable: It really cooles you down and let’s you handle the heat much better!
Coffeeis also a very celebrated drink in Turkey. It is brewed in a very special way and you have to decide before how sweet you like it! The coffee powder, sugar and water are boiled together and then you let your coffee poured in small ‘espresso cups’ sit for a few minutes and the powder sinks to the bottom. Now you can drink your coffee! It is a little bit thicker and creamier than you might be used to, but it is very delicious! When you come to the powder you should of course not drink it. If you are sitting with someone from Turkey they might be offering now to read the future out of your cup! If you get the chance, just do it, it is very fun 🙂 Not everybody takes this seriously!
The recipe I have for you today is for the secret national drink of Turkey: Ayran! Ayran is a drink mixed from the firm süzme joğurt with water and a tiny bit of salt. You can get it in every restaurant, supermarket or wherever you go! It is especially great to drink on hot days or if you have eaten something really spicy. This drink will wash all the capsaicin (that’s the substance that gives the hot feeling on your tounge) down and you will feel much better! I have realized that not every brand of premade Ayran tastes the same: Most of them are too watery or too salty for my taste butts. Just try different ones, or even better: Make your own!! It is very easy, just scroll down to the recipe!