One of my nephews has been calling me my little courgette because of my moss green rain coat, its term of endearment and affection, but its also a cheeky little request to make him a Courgette Cake, I promised to when courgettes were in season and indeed they are now.
Courgette brownies are not new and nor are courgette cakes, they have been around a while - in fact throwing vegetables in sweet recipes including cakes, biscuits and rice pudding is not a new idea at all, even if some people think and convince themselves and those around them that they were the first to introduce the social media generation to this idea. Sadly I think its the same people who fall for fake news, which also is not new. The world is indeed shrinking and everything according to them can be answered by google.
One of my lecturers at Glasgow University, now a Professor Greg Philo teachings impacted and completely changed the way I viewed the mass media a. I still have a copy of his original publication Seeing is Believing: The Influence of Television, which was gifted to me as a student. In the book, Greg Philo focuses on how the media has the power to influence and instil in the viewer negative and bias viewpoints. One example of this was the way Arthur Scargill, a prominent British Trade Unionist during the British Miners Strike in 1984 - 85 was vilified by the British media. I remember as a child growing up in Wales also being duped by the popular media publications demonising this man and the protesting miners being portrayed in extreme negative light, after all the media could never lie (I am being sarcastic here). A decade ago it was bogus asylum seekers and refugees, today its around other migrants veiled under BREXIT and then we must not forget the Other as we see a rise in hate incidents towards the visible muslim community. Since having both my eyes and mind opened to the power of the media to propagate misinformation and bias, I have always been sceptical of media portrayal around most things and this has extended nowadays to social media, therefore I am very selective in what I read these days even so called high ranking food blogs, as people put financial gain and popularity before ethics these days. I could go on, but I will stop as it will become a rant, and this is a food blog after all.
So here are some slices of Courgette Chocolate brownies which I am sharing these with Tin and Thyme for We Should Cocoa and with Treat Petite hosted by The Baking Explorer and CakeyBoi.;
Other Brownie Recipes on the Blog
Red Dragon Chili Brownies
Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies
Sweet Potato and Cranberry Brownies
Vegan Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies
Makes 1 x 8 inch square tin, cut about 9, even more if you cut them into smaller bites!
45g cocoa powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
225g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 courgettes, grated
55g self-raising flour
50g chocolate chips
Preheat oven to gas mark 4/180oc.
Line an 8 inch square tin with baking paper or grease well.
Melt the cocoa powder over gentle heat.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
In a bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar, then stir into the cocoa mixture and vanilla.
Stir in the grated courgette.
Sift in the flour and fold in gently
Spread mixture into prepared pan and evenly scatter over the chocolate chips.
Bake for 30 minutes or until top is firm, but damp in centre.
Set aside to cool before slicing into little courgette bite size pieces or big pieces if you want.