“Freedom is… not to be bound by my wounds. And to be able to eat cake every day.”
Amanda de Cadenet
Last week was Zero Waste Week and although I didn’t sign up and officially participate it helped get me thinking.
We have been shopping a bit better recently and although I’m not doing meal plans in a strict sense we are organising meals around ingredients “use by” dates and trying to make sure we throw less away.
We still have a few things ending up in the bin so recipes from leftovers are starting to come in very handy!
One thing we tend to have a lot of is courgettes and I found a great recipe for a cake. Made with courgettes. My first thought was eugh(!), but then I really needed to try it.
The recipe I tried was here at allrecipes.co.uk
It’s really simple to make, and takes 45 minutes to bake with about 10 minutes to prep.
200g (7 oz) grated courgette
150g(5 oz) caster sugar
125ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil
200g (7 oz) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Bowl 1 – beat together the grated courgette, caster sugar, egg, vegetable oil.
Bowl 2 – mix the plain flour, salt, teaspoon bicarb, teaspoon cinnamon, and teaspoons of lemon zest.
Then mix the 2 bowls together and pop in a greased baking tin. 45 minutes at 160 gas mark 3.
This cake looks very unappetising when you first pop it in the oven but when baked does look nice. The website has a photo with drizzle icing on which makes it look lovely, especially if you’re having friends over! I didn’t do that and it was still tasty. Watch it closely by the 35 minute mark. Mine got very dark at 35 minutes but seemed to be no where near done. I kept testing it (lol!) and it was done at pretty much spot on 45 minutes.
I think it’s versatile and something I’ll bake quite often. Pleasant flavours and not overpowering and it has a proper cake texture which would see it go very well with custard. You could maybe swap the courgettes for carrots and someone in the comments suggested putting in some chopped walnuts/ extra lemon.
On the whole a good find!