Tuesday, 7 August 2012

5th August

I am always looking for healthier cakes to bake for my children. I have come up with a great little recipe here. I hope your family enjoy it too

350g wholemeal self-raising  flour                                                                                              

50g cocoa powder (I use Green&Blacks)                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 175ml extra-virgin olive oil
375g golden caster sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract
500ml grated courgettes (measure by volume in a measuring jug, but it's about 2 medium courgettes; if using 1 overgrown one, peel first and take out seeds)
140g toasted hazelnuts , roughly chopped              
Heat the oven to 180C/160c fan. In a bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder and 1 tsp salt. In another bowl add the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence and grated courgette. Mix the dry and wet mixture until just combined, then fold in the toasted hazelnuts. Line a 24cm cake tin with greaseproof paper, then pour in your mixture. Bake for about 40-50 mins, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.
Take care, Natalie x

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