Courgettes by stealth

We have reached that phase of the Summer that my entire family dreads. It’s the time of the courgette-glut. (If you’re American… that’s zucchini). Every meal contains courgette in some form or other. Stuffed, baked, fried, frittered… and of course by now, none of us can bear to look at another one!

As a keen amateur vegetable gardener, of course I planted far too many of the things. And while we were on holiday, they grew and grew. English courgettes eventually turn into marrows. German courgettes turn into zeppelins. I’ve tried giving them away… but by now, the neighbours disappear into their houses when they see me approaching and slam the door. I thought about leaving courgettes on their doorsteps anyway… but I suspect they’d be returned, along with their own spare courgettes.

The only answer was to be creative about courgette recipes. To find something that everyone would eat and not even dream there could be courgette in it.

Dearest readers… I bring you, the courgette chocolate brownie!

First, mix half a cup of vegetable oil with one and a half cups of sugar and two teaspoons of vanilla.

Fold in two cups of flour, baking powder, a teaspoon of salt and half a cup of cocoa powder (unsweetened).

Once it’s mixed, add two cups of grated courgette… yes really! The moisture in the courgette makes your fairly dryish mixture into a gloopy chocolatey batter.

At this stage you might also want to add any extras… raisins, sultanas, walnuts etc. are all good…

Stick the whole lot into a lined, greased baking pan and bake at 180°c for about half an hour, or until the top is firm and slightly springy.

As a topping, I put cubes of white chocolate on top while it was still hot, then spread the melted chocolate around with a spoon – it makes less washing up than faffing around with a bain marie…

The result…. delicious moist chocolate (courgette) brownies, which nobody will even believe contains courgette!

I wonder whether I should take some round to the neighbours….

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7 responses to “Courgettes by stealth

  1. I’ve put on at least two kilos just looking at that … another one for the upcoming Planet Germany cook book!

  2. brilliant! Yummy yum!

    Will have to try this
    (I have a mother-in-law that’s as bad as my 5 year old when it comes to eating vegies. But they both eat carrot cake…)

  3. Neil

    very clever indeed ! …I’ve also heard that if you can get them to taste of boggies kids will eat them without any quibble 🙂

  4. Great recipe – must give it a try as I also have a glut of courgettes!

  5. Perhaps you should stop trying to give them away.

    Put any surplus in a box next to the road, with the usual type of pick-your-own sign and money box. Then just wait for someone to come and take them.

    (Of course, if someone actually buys them then that’s even better, just make sure “Lebensmittelhandel” is on your Gewerbeschein 🙂

    • Gewerbeschein? Don’t forget about putting the correct Mehrwertsteuer on the receipt too… payable to the Finanzamt no later than the 10th of the next month… and… and…

      I think I’d rather try to feed courgette soup to the cats…

  6. mrG

    A farmer neighbour of ours had an innovative solution to the glut: she towed a full basket (we call them ‘bundle buggies”) through her shopping trips into town, and when she found cars parked having neglected to lock their doors, well, they’d find a nice tasty reminder in their back seat. So it was a public service reminder as well a way to unload a bumper crop.

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