As mentioned in my previous post, I had to reluctantly cancel going on a family picnic last Friday due to a stinking cold. I just wanted to stay at home and vegetate! I had managed to bake the three things I wanted to take as my contribution to the picnic before finally admitting I was just too ill to go.
I wanted to try out the Honey and Courgette Loaf from the new Great British Bake Off Book- The Great British Bake Off Everyday. I knew my kids wouldn’t eat courgettes if they were served up on a plate sliced up as part of a meal but I was sure they would eat them grated up within a cake made with honey and chocolate chips!
This recipe was very simple to make and ideal for a picnic or an afternoon tea. It’s a wonderfully moist cake and didn’t need any accompaniment to it.
Whole, blanched hazelnuts are chopped into small pieces in the food processor.
Runny honey, sunflower oil, eggs and light brown muscovado sugar are put into a bowl and mixed together carefully.
A medium sized courgette was prepared for the cake by washing it, topping and tailing it and then grating it into a small bowl.
In another bowl wholemeal flour, baking powder, and mixed spice were weighed out.
All the ingredients were combined gently with the addition of a packet of dark chocolate chips as well as the courgette and the chopped hazelnuts.
The chocolate chips get added last of all!
When making loaf cakes I always like to use loaf tin liners bought from Lakeland. They save me greasing and lining the tin with parchment.
The loaf cake was baked in the oven for about 45 minutes.
After about 10 minutes cooling down in the loaf tin, I then removed the cake from the tin and left it in the wrapper until it was completely cool. I warmed through a tablespoon of runny honey to drizzle over the top of the cake.
The loaf cake sliced beautifully into several slices. They freeze well, although in my house some cakes don’t even get into a cake tin!
Although I didn’t get to go on the picnic with feeling ill, my mum asked if the cake would freeze as she would like to try some. I told her it would and that we would save some for her. Unfortunately for my mum, the cake got scoffed over the weekend. Once my kids realised there was a cake with chocolate chips and honey in it, it vanished. I lied about the courgettes though as I’m the only one who eats them in our house. Purely psychological as they happily munched the cake not knowing about the courgettes. I can’t convince them to eat them in savoury meals though!
I’m definitely going to bake the Honey and Courgette Loaf again and again. It had a delicious taste to it and I have promised some to my mum. It was a real treat.
Love Sam xx