At this time of the year you might be overwhelmed with courgettes / zucchini. I swear that they grow whilst you look at them. Or you might also like the idea of sneaking some vegetables past those reluctant veggie eaters in your family. This easy recipe helps solve both problems. The resulting cake is very moist and really does not need any icing. It is perfect as it is.
Do seek out the very best ingredients you can. Make sure your cocoa powder is 100% cocoa with no added sugar. Unsalted butter and sponge flour seem to make all the difference. Grate the courgette /zucchini as fine as you can too. Having said that, the recipe will stand a bit of adapting.
I find this bakes quickly in a fan oven – in about 20 minutes at 175°C / 350°F. Do keep and eye on it!
The result? A very more-ish cake that you would never know contained vegetables unless you looked very hard! But first of all, I thought I’d share the way I line a round baking tin.
The easy way to cut a circular lining for your baking tin
Chocolate Zucchini / Courgette Brownie Recipe
This is a wonderfully moist cake that is easy to make. It's deal for using up a glut of vegetables and you'll sneakily be able to get your kids to eat vegetables without them knowing. Use either a square or round tin whatever you have to hand. Courgettes do vary and yours might be more watery than mine meaning it will take longer to cook. It is a brownie so it will be squidgy! You can substitute gluten free flour and or different sugars but again, it could affect how long it takes to cook.
- 3 large eggs (approx 60 gr each)
- 50 gr good quality cocoa unsweetened
- 100 gr plain flour superfine or sponge flour if possible
- 150 gr caster sugar
- 150 gr unsalted butter
- 5 gr baking powder 1 teaspoon heaped approx
- 350 gr courgette / zucchini finely grated
Pre-heat the oven to 175C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
Grease a square or round cake tin approx 20 cm. Line with greaseproof paper or baking parchment
Either by hand or in a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter together until very well mixed and light in texture
Using a sieve or tea strainer, sift the cocoa into the sugar and butter mixture
Mix well. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time.
Fold in the flour and baking powder.
Add the grated courgette / zucchini. Mix lightly
Pour into prepared tin and smooth top. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the mixture is set. To test, press the top, if it springs back it is done. Alternatively, use a skewer. Insert and remove the skewer, the mixture should be dry.
Allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes or so. Take out of tin and let it cool completely before removing lining paper.