Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Courgette Loaf Cake

I went to tea with a friend recently and she'd made this loaf cake. If you're on a diet, look away now! It involves chocolate, peanut butter and courgettes, but you wouldn't guess about the courgettes as they add moisture but no flavour. The negative bit is that you use several bowls, but the end result is well worth it!

So for the loaf you need: 
2 small courgettes grated [leave the skin on], 2 eggs, 80ml honey, 120ml vegetable oil, 100g soft brown sugar, 2 tspn vanilla extract, 1/2 tspn bicarb, 1 tspn baking powder, 200g plain flour, 75g smooth peanut butter, 1/2 tspn instant coffee, 25g cocoa, 50g chocolate cut into pieces and 25g chocolate melted with 25g smooth peanut butter.

Preheat oven 170C           Line a 900g loaf tin with baking paper

In bowl A mix together the courgettes, eggs, honey, oil, sugar and vanilla extract.
In another bowl B sieve the flour, baking powder and bicarb together, then add to the batter.
In yet another bowl, C, pour half the batter and add the peanut butter to it. 
Add the cocoa, coffee and chocolate pieces to bowl B and mix well.
Put alternative spoonfuls of the batter into the loaf then swirl together using a knife.
Bake for about an hour then leave to cool on a wire rack in its tin.
When it's cool, take the loaf out of the tin and drizzle the chocolate and peanut butter mix on top.
It's delicious, and I love the texture of the mixture. It's moist with a soft crumb, and the different flavours mingle well. The topping sets like fudge. An indulgent treat, occasionally!


Oh that's indulgent. Lovely too, of course. As usual I've got plenty of courgettes to use up.

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