Plus 25 other recipes to use up a glut of courgettes!
It’s that time of year again when 3 or four courgettes appear in my veg box every week. I don’t grow my own as our coastal garden is far too exposed to the moods of the North Sea, but my veg box providers do a fantastic job of growing a wide range of produce using polytunnels, shelters and pure skill.
It does mean I’m needing to find new and creative ways to use up all these courgettes though, and inspiration struck the other day: why don’t I add some to our family favourite banana bread? Perhaps with a bit of chocolate?
My first experiment went remarkably well – I simply grated up some courgette and pressed some of the moisture out of it between two clean tea towels while I prepared my usual batter recipe, omitting one of the bananas.
Oh, and I added most of a packet of milk chocolate chips I had lying around, sprinkling the remaining chocolate chips over the top of the bread before baking.
An entirely successful experiment and the loaf was devoured within an hour of my children coming home from school. Seriously, five hungry people can make rather short work of a still-warm chocolate courgette banana bread, I tell you!
The thing is, I had forgotten to weigh out how much courgette I used, so for my next experiment I thought I’d use a little bit more than before. It didn’t work. It was far too dense due to the quantity of courgette (but that didn’t stop my kids from devouring that one too!).
Back to the drawing board, and a few dark chocolate banana courgette breads later I’ve got the right recipe! Half a small courgette is sufficient – approximately 125 grams. Any more than that and the bake is too dense and moist.
This makes for the perfect lunch-box or after-school snack for the kids, or as a mid-afternoon snack with a cuppa. Eat plain, as is, or spread with butter or even some chocolate hazelnut spread for an added indulgence, but be warned, a loaf won’t last in the house for very long!
Over the years I’ve experimented with various ways of using up courgettes from grating them and sticking them into a courgette spaghetti alfredo recipe, turning them into a spiced courgette and tomato chutney (one of my top most visited blog posts!) and even sticking them in a chocolate courgette cake but one recipe that caught my eye recently is this roasted courgette recipe from Recipes from a Pantry. I’m looking forward to trying that one out soon.
How do you use up a glut of courgettes? Let me know in the comments!
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Spiced Tomato & Courgette Chutney
Chocolate Courgette Cake
Broad Bean & Courgette Salad
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Morello Cherry & Lime Courgette Cake
Courgette & Broad Bean Soup with Chilli & Fennel
Sausage Ragu Stuffed Courgettes
Courgette, Leek & Herb Risotto Cake
Leek & Courgette Soup
Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Shrimps & Feta
Spiralized Courgettes with Garlic & Mushrooms
Spiced Courgette Fritters
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Roasted Courgette Recipe
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