Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Tackling zucchini / courgette overload
With the courgette (zucchini) plants going into overdrive (I picked 1.2 kg this morning) I thought others down under might be in a similar situation, and looking for creative ways to use them up. My favourite way to use up a good amount of courgette (400g) is to whip up a batch of Dixiebelle's chocolate and zucchini brownies (non gluten free version with regular flour).
They are really delicious, and no-one every guesses that courgette is the main ingredient unless you tell them (love watching the look on their faces when that happens!). I use sunflower oil instead of coconut oil, and I normally make them with raspberries as I like the tart counterpoint to the rich dark sweetness of the cocoa. I've also reduced the sugar by half with no negative effects on either taste or texture, and I normally use brown sugar.
Today I made a batch but this time used dried cranberries (a generous handful or so) and they've turned out quite well. I still think raspberries are the best addition, but the cranberries are not bad at all. So do your taste buds a favour and make a batch soon. In fact it is almost worth growing a courgette just so you have the excuse :-)
Apologies to my northern hemisphere friends whose gardens are burried under the snow at the moment - I hope you thaw out soon!
Disclaimer: Dixibelle didn't put me up to this - in fact I don't know her in "real" life, but I enjoy her blog and she often posts great recipes