Courgette And Pecan Cake With Maple Icing

Autumn often brings with it an abundance of fresh produce.  We’ve been inundated with courgettes so we have made them into a delicious courgette cake where the icing on the top really is Pure Maple goodness.

courgette and maple cake

 

Ingredients

  • 250ml sunflower oil (plus extra for greasing)
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 250g light soft brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 300g of courgette flesh, coarsely grated and squeezed of any liquid (we used our yellow courgettes but any variety is good)
  • 200g pecan, roughly chopped

For the icing

  • 50g butter, softened
  • 250g cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp Pure Maple syrup

Method

Preheat the oven to 160C or 140C for a fan oven.  Grease and line your 22cm springform cake tin  Sift the flour, spice and baking powder into a bowl and mix in the sugar.  In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, orange zest and juice, then pour in the oil.  Add the courgette and 150g of the pecans to the oil mixture.  Beat in the flour until combined.  Tip the mixture into the cake tin, smooth the top and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes (or until the skewer comes out clean).  Leave to cool for 30 minutes before removing from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool.

Whilst the cake is cooking, make the icing by beating together all the ingredients.  Once the cake has cooled, use a spatula to spread the icing over the top.  Sprinkle over the rest of the pecans to decorate.

Serve and enjoy!

Sourdough Toasties with Maple Vinegar Red Onions, Brie and Prosciutto

In this recipe, these humble toasties are made extra special with red onions naturally sweetened with our delicious Pure Maple Vinegar and when combined with brie and prosciutto, make it a very sophisticated lunch or even dinner.

toastie

Ingredients

sourdough bread sliced

1/2 small red onion

2 tbsp of Pure Maple Vinegar

90g brie

40g prosciutto

1 tsp olive oil for frying

a little soft butter for spreading on the bread

makes 2 toasties

Method

Heat a frying pan on low heat with a little olive oil.

Thinly slice the red onion and add to the frying pan when hot.  Add the Maple Vinegar to the pan and gently cook until softened.

Spread a little butter on both outside pieces of the bread.

On one piece of sourdough bread, place a couple of pieces of brie, some red onions and a couple of slices of prosciutto. Place a couple more slices of brie and top with the other piece of sourdough bread.

Return the sandwich now to the frying pan and cook on both sides until the cheese has melted and the bread turns a lovely golden colour.

Eat and enjoy!