Sunday, August 30, 2009

Zucchini Crisp

When I saw a recipe for dessert using zucchini, my heart fluttered.  I love zucchini, but I had never tried a dessert using this versatile veggie.

If you're like my hubby, the name of it likely has you turned off..., but he was willing to let me try it anyway, and much to his surprise - he actually liked it.

You can't even tell it's zucchini, really.  It tastes like apples.  Seriously.  Try it.

Zucchini Crisp - Modified from Queen of the Castle

Half Crisp (9x9 square dish)

2 C flour
3/4 C sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C butter
1/2 C applesauce (or more butter)
4-5 medium zucchini, cut into quarters
1/3 C key lime (or lemon juice)
1/2 C sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
blueberries, optional

Full Crisp (9x13 pan)

4 C flour
2 C sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C butter
1 C applesauce (or more butter)
8-10 medium zucchini, cut into quarters
2/3 C key lime (or lemon juice)
1 C sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
blueberries, optional

Cut up zucchini (I would remove the skin) and place in a saucepan.  Combine with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Cook for 10-15 minutes on medium heat until zucchini are tender.

Meanwhile, mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter/applesauce until the mix is crumbly (or slightly moist, if you use applesauce).

Pour roughly half of the mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x9 or 9x13 pan and press to form a crust.  Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned.

When crust is done, and zucchini are tender, pour zucchini sauce over the crust. 

Sprinkle with blueberries, if desired. 

Then, sprinkle the remaining crumb topping over the top of the veggies/fruit.

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until crisp is browned and bubbly.  Cool for 15-30 minutes, and then enjoy eating your veggies.

The verdict:  we all enjoyed it, and found it to be especially tasty with blueberries.

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  1. This is really unusual and very interesting. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. This sounds awesome. I love recipes like this, but I usually don't tell my hubby what's in it until after he's had it.

  3. how excellent!! but you can't really say you have not had zucchini desert...:)) You had all those nice breads, no?:) That is desert! but I know that in the US it is called bread, but I call it cake:) So there--zucchini desert:)

  4. I have one little lonely zucchini setting on my counter. I wish I had more so I could make this!

  5. I'm going to try this one! I always look for tasty ways to use vegetables (to mask them for those who don't like them too well). This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! I'm for sure trying this one. I have to admit, I was skeptical when I saw that you were making a dessert with zucchini, but it looks fantastic.

  7. This sounds great as I am a big fan of crisps. I have never had zucchini in my garden (I know, gasp) but may be heaing out to find seeds because everyone has such wonderful recipes!

  8. It sounds like a perfect way to use up my zucchini without my kids ever even realizing it! What a fun, unique recipe!

  9. Sounds great, always looking for more recipes to use our zucchini in, thanks for sharing !

  10. Yum! I made zucchini bread for my in laws a couple weeks ago and they thought I was lying when I told them what was in there! I can't wait to give this a try =)

  11. That's a really great idea. I don't like zucchini, but at this way, I think i would eat it :D
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. I made this last night and had everyone fooled. :) Thanks!!

  13. What a GREAT recipe and good way to fool the kiddos!! Thanks for the recipe and linking to TMTT.

  14. This sounds really good! And I love blueberries anyway so I would definitely use those.

  15. Oh yum. that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  16. I have a ton of recipes for zucchini but not one like this. I will add it because I love zucchini. Thanks for sharing. Have a great Labor Day!

  17. I thought my mom was the queen of zucchini but I don't remember her ever fixing something like this


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