Courgette Brownies
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These Courgette Brownies are super moist, delicious & decadent - no one will ever guess there's zucchini in these brownies!
Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 12 to 16 portions
  • 300 g courgettes / zucchini
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 200 g plain chocolate broken into small pieces (I used 70% cocoa)
  • 150 g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150 g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Optional: 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • Optional: 100 g chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts)
You will need: 1 baking tin 27cm x 18cm (11″ x 7″) lined with baking parchment (with a 5 cm overhang of parchment for easy removal of brownies)
  1. Preheat oven to 180℃ / 160℃ fan / Gas Mark 4
  2. Grate or shred your courgettes / zucchini before chopping the courgette into smaller pieces and place in a colander inside a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Leave to drain while you get on with the Brownies.
  3. Place the chocolate and butter in a microwaveable bowl and microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes in 30 second bursts until melted. Stir until chocolate is nice and smooth and leave to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together using an electric mixer until doubled in volume (about 5 to 8 minutes depending on your mixer)
  5. Pour the cooled chocolate mix into your egg mix carefully and gently fold together with a silicone spatula.
  6. Fold in the courgettes (and nuts if using) in a figure of 8 movement.
  7. Hold a sieve over the bowl of your chocolate mixture and sieve over the dry ingredients. Carefully fold in using a figure of eight movement.
  8. Pour mixture into the prepared tin, gently easing the mixture into the corners of the tin and levelling with a spatula.
  9. Pop in the oven for 30 minutes.
  10. Check to see if there is a paperlike crust on top – there should still be some movement in the centre of the tin. If it’s not ready, bake for another 5 minutes.
Recipe by Tales From The Kitchen Shed at