Wednesday, 19 July 2017

My Little Courgette Chocolate Brownies

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
Raspberry Brownies
Red Dragon Chili Brownies
Strawberry Cream Cheese Brownies
Sweet Potato and Cranberry Brownies
Vegan Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Brownies

Courgette Brownies
Makes 1 x 8 inch square tin, cut about 9, even more if you cut them into smaller bites!

115g butter
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.


  1. I had to smile at your sage reflections on things that aren't new, but which people like to reinvent and claim as such. So very true. Courgette brownies are a classic I think and these ones look lovely.

    1. Thank you so much Kari. I often feel am I the only one who sees this and always feel better when I know I am not alone.

  2. Your points are valid and these brownies look divine!

  3. Yum - these look so good and it's a great way to get kids to eat more veg.

  4. "little courgette" is a cute nickname and deserves a brownie - I get annoyed when bloggers or food writers act as if they have discovered something like veg in food because they are building their own brand rather than creating connections, and part of the joy of food is sharing. Similarly the idealistic idea of news was to share information but often it is used to push an agenda. At least vegies in baking remains a good thing!

    1. Thank you so much Johanna. I think it is cute too, have not worn the coat for a few months now as it is pretty warm, but come autumn and it will be back on for sure. I often feel am I the only one who sees this hypocrisy in our world, but then others like you speak out and reaffirm it too so I know I am not alone. I agree creating positive connections is more powerful than branding yourself like a 'product', but sadly that is the way of the world at the moment.

  5. Those look delicious...

    ~Have a lovely day!

  6. Morrison's have introduced a range called "wonky veg" which includes veg of various shapes and sizes. Less waste I hope. Courgette and beetroot are firm favourites in Sue's brownies. Lovely.

    1. Yes, I remember the wonky veg at Morrisons and was excited, then I bought some - three times in fact and not much in the wonky veg but almost rotting veg - I have not gone there again, and feel that they jumped on the bandwagon.

      Beetroot brownies are a fave of mine too.

  7. You're not ranting at all Shaheen..... I very rarely open a newspaper these days and I too will close off sceptically on social media. I hate the way so many blogs have become financially-driven too, to the extent that they promote for the sake of promoting, yet they are also often the most successful so most likely to be in your face..... I get so frustrated when I am told 'facts' because 'that's what the Daily X paper said.... so it must be true'.
    But yes.... this is a food blog and the brownies are fantastic! We have SO MANY courgettes from our garden right now. We have curried them, gratin'd them, stuffed them, cookied them, and caked them...... but I've yet to brownie them! Off to the kitchen I go....... x

    1. Thank you so so much Kate. I really appreciate your honesty too and sigh air of relief that I am not alone in thinking this way. I have more sweet dishes planned for my courgettes, and yes cookies is one of them too.
      Hope you enjoy your courgette brownies! Another request has come my way to make more :)

  8. These must've been so tasty and it's a good way to use courgettes. This could be the way to slip them into my partner's diet haha

  9. Very tasty, have requests to make more. Yes do try and slip these courgette brownies with your partner and see if he notices them :)

  10. I love courgette in cakes so I bet they are just as yummy in brownies! Thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite

    1. Thanks Kat, extremely moreish. Easy to eat more indeed.

  11. Hahaha, I think you did have a rant Shaheen. All very true though. The media and the hidden but powerful people behind it have a lot to answer for. I was bought up on the mantra of "never believe what you read in newspapers". It's always good to keep a critical eye open. Anyway, your courgette brownies look delicious and your nephew's nickname for you is really cute. Thanks for sharing with #WeShouldCocoa.


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