I go through phases with baking; For weeks I will have no interest in doing it at all, then I will suddenly want to make several things in one session. Today was one of those days and I wanted to try a new recipe too. I made a batch of my usual cheese scones and followed it up with a courgette cake!
My Mum made a chocolate courgette cake years ago and I have always been meaning to try it. The courgettes are supposed to act a healthy substitute for butter / margarine. I finally got round to buying some additional ingredients for a recipe in a book I was given by Lou for my birthday a few years ago, ‘It’s Raining Plums‘*. I am very pleased with the result (so far at least – it’s still cooling so I have only tried it slightly warm).
I would certainly recommend the book for the recipe alone! There are lots of other delicious looking things in there so I intend to try and use this book more regularly. Not least because I have made a decision to try and get us eating more seasonally, where possible of course – being a vegetarian means I do eat a lot of vegetables so it would be easy to get bored especially in the winter months.
*If you decide to buy it and try this cake for yourself, I took the ‘lower fat’ option and only put in 1/2 the oil mentioned. I also soaked the raisins for 10 minutes in cold water before hand so they weren’t too dry in the cake. When it came to baking I used a 8.5″ wide x 3.5″ deep round cake tin which took about 65 mins.