Recipe: Courgette and Apple Cake - Nigel Slater

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  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g courgettes (about 2 small ones)
  • 1 small apple
  • 200g plain flour
  • a large pinch salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 60g pecans
  • 80g sultanas (half cup, packed)


  • Pre-heat oven at 180C/gas mark 4.
  • Butter and line the base of a loaf tin measuring 20cm x 12cm x 9cm deep.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat the eggs and mix them in, one at a time, making sure each is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  • Coarsely grate the courgettes and the apple. Squeeze them with your hands to remove any excess moisture, then add to the mixture.
  • Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon, and gently fold into the mixture.
  • Stir in the nuts and fruit.
  • Transfer to the lined loaf tin and bake for about an hour, or until golden and firm to the touch.
  • Allow to cool in the tin before turning out.


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