Courgette Tea Loaf

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I think I’ve mentioned before that I always provide a freshly baked “something” for my ladies to have with a cuppa at sugarcraft class but it is not often they provide me with food. That is exactly what happened last night! I was given two large, homegrown courgettes (zucchini) with instructions to “Do something with them!”.

So when I got home I hit the books and found several recipes for courgette cake and zucchini bread. I have tried to make a courgette cake before but I really didn’t like it as I found it quite dense and tasteless. The recipe I settled on was by Rachel Allen, from her book “Bake”. I liked the look of this recipe because it had plenty of spices added to it and reminded me of a good carrot cake but with courgettes instead of carrots.

I took the liberty of tinkering with the ingredients slightly to suit my palate and the ingredients I had to hand. Rachel’s recipe calls for walnuts but I substituted them for sunflower seeds as I didn’t have any walnuts in stock.

This tea loaf is lovely and moist with the warm, spicy hit of traditional tea loaf. Rachel said her recipe is lovely toasted with a bit of butter and I can safely say I will be trying that in the morning for breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 400g plain flour
  • 0.5 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (heaped)
  • 0.5 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 0.25 tsp ground cloves (level)
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 100g Demerara  sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 200ml sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 380g grated courgette (skin and flesh)
  • 75g sunflower seeds

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150C /130C fan or gas mark 2
  2. Line 2 loaf tins
  3. Sift together all the dry ingredients into a large bowl
  4. Add the courgettes and seeds
  5. Add the wet ingredients and mix well
  6. Divide the mixture between the 2 tins
  7. Bake for 1hr – 1hr 15min depending on oven and how evenly you divided the mixture.
  8. Allow to cool int he tin for 20-30 min before turning out onto a cooling rack.
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