In this week’s episode of what’s for dessert I give you the Zucchini Pie Bars. Now I know what you’re thinking but just go with me on this cause this is actually the second time I’ve used zucchini in a dessert. The first time was many years ago and I made a zucchini and pineapple cobble and it was pretty damn tasty so I thought I would give this recipe a go.
So, this recipe is basically a shortbread crust, zucchini filling and an oatmeal crumble…and I love a good crumble topping. In fact I’ve been known to just eat the crumble topping off things and leaving the rest of the dessert behind. But the crumble topping didn’t really sway me to a big thumbs up on this. I found that I was just okay with the outcome on this one. It was good but it didn’t blow my socks off or anything.
The recipe is pretty basic, easy to follow and the only addition I made was adding a little vanilla to the filling. Now in the recipe is says to drain the zucchini after you cook it and to add no additional liquid when pouring it on the crust. I think I should have thickened the mixture a bit and added it to the filling. I think it needed to have a little more of that (for lack of a better word) goo that is so yummy in apple pies. If I did make this again I would do that and I would probably add a little ginger to it as well. The filling just seemed to be lacking in the flavor department.
Do I recommend this recipe, not really. Like I said it was okay but not great. I like the idea of using zucchini in desserts but I think it needs other things with it to help boost the flavor. The shortbread was good and the oatmeal crumble was good but those things are really just basics that you can use with just about anything. So overall, just a meh this week, I’ll have to try again with something new next weekend. Oh the burden I carry!