Saturday 29 January 2022

Zucchini and Nut Loaf Cake

Zucchini and Nut Loaf Cake 

Every recipe tells a story. This cake always amazes people and tends to become a conversation piece! The zucchini keeps it moist, and it makes a light, fluffy dish that is not very sweet. A perfect tea cake. If you must ice it, a cream cheese frosting makes the perfect match. My family eats it with a slice of cheddar. The one in the picture is a sage cheddar, which pairs well.

  • Bakes 1- 8 inch /20cm loaf pan

  • butter and flour the pan

  • Preheat the oven to 375 F / 190 C

  • 2 eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/3 cup yogurt

  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups + 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • ½ tsp. baking soda

  • ½ tsp. sea salt

  • 2 tsp. cinnamon powder

  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 ½ cups green zucchini, grated with skin

Whisk the eggs until light. Add the sugar and continue beating; drizzle the oil in a gentle stream. Add the yogurt and vanilla extract.
Lower the speed to stir and add a third of the dry ingredients—flour, baking soda and powder, salt, and cinnamon mixed in with the walnuts.
Add all the zucchini and add the rest of the dry ingredients, ensuring everything is combined but not overbeaten. Pour into a prepared cake pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the tester comes out clean.
Check the cake at 35 minutes. If the centre is still not baked through, cover it lightly with a piece of foil to avoid getting darker. Reduce the heat to 175C| 350F and bake for 10 minutes more.
Test the deepest part with a skewer to make sure it's clean.

Photo courtesy Niloufer Mavalvala


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The World of Parsi Cooking: Food Across Borders is a 3 award winning book. It has been self published in July 2019 and will be going into its second print in 2022. 

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