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Chocolate Quick Bread
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup pecans, chopped and divided
1 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips, divided
2 tablespoons honey

Zucchini Lemon Bread
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup zucchini, shredded
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 tablespoon lemon extract
1/4 cup additional sugar for topping, if desired

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8-by-4-inch loaf
pans.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking
powder and baking soda. Beat one stick of butter and the
sugar in a stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a
time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in
flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in 1/4 cup
pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 20 minutes. Top loaves with 1/4 cup chocolate
chips and remaining pecans and continue baking for 30
minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out
clean.
For chocolate butter: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt
1/2 cup remaining chocolate chips, uncovered, on high
power for 30 seconds; then stir. If necessary, microwave
at additional 10-second intervals, stirring just until chips
are melted; let cool. Beat cooled chocolate with the remaining stick of softened butter and honey in small bowl until
fluffy. Serve on warm slices of bread.

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Using a heavy-duty electric
stand mixer, beat butter at medium speed until creamy.
Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add
eggs, one at a time, blending after each addition.
Stir together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to butter
mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending
with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended
after each addition.
Stir in zucchini, lemon zest, poppy seeds and lemon
extract. Spoon batter evenly into three greased and floured
5-by-3-inch loaf pans. Sprinkle sugar over batter as topping, if desired.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks
10 minutes, then remove from pans to wire racks to cool
completely.
Food prepared by the culinary
students from Nichols Career
Center. The center provides career
and technical education to students
from 14 area high schools in the
Jefferson City region.

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