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Beignets de courgettes

Beignets de courgettes

Every year, I ask myself, why did I plant so many courgettes? And every year somehow, I do. But a garden without a bounty of courgettes wouldn't look right, would it? So here is a recipe for you to try "beignets de courgettes". Easy, extremely moreish and perfect if you have plenty of courgettes in your garden.

Ingredients:

Note: this recipe is based on one normal size courgette (if you use 2 double the amount, 3 triple etc… as simple as that).

One courgette grated

100 g of self raising flour

1 tsp of baking powder

50 g of blue cheese (cheddar works too)

One spring onion finely chopped

One egg (medium size)

Vegetable oil to dip fry

Method:

Start by sifting baking powder and flour. Then add your grated courgette, cheese, spring onion and egg and mix to a batter consistency.

If you have a dip fat fryer use it for this recipe. I don’t, so I use a wok and do my dip fry in that.

Also, make sure to have a tray lined with tissue paper to soak the excess oil.

I always start by dropping a little bit of my batter in the oil to see if it’s hot enough. You’ll know it is if it floats on the surface and starts browning. At that stage, turn the temperature right down otherwise your fritters will turn dark brown but will not necessarily be cooked inside.

Now that your oil is at the right temperature, you can start cooking your courgettes fritters. Use a tsp if you want small bites and a tbsp for bigger morsels. Dip 4 to six spoons at a time so your oil doesn’t drop in temperature. Your beignets de courgettes will be cooked when they start browning on the outside. That is all!

Serve hot with some dips of your choice. I like mine wrapped in a salad leaf and dipped in sweet chilli sauce.

If you’re after a sweet recipe with courgettes you may want to try my “gateau de courgettes au chocolat

Bon appétit!⠀

Corinne x

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A summer time favourite: courgettes souffle

A summer time favourite: courgettes souffle

What a summer! 38.7 º C was the temperature recorded here in Cambridge. My vegetable garden has been enjoying this weather though, especially my courgettes. As usual, I got a bit carried away when I planted them and now have a bit too many of them. As well as giving many away, I've had to find different ways of cooking them. So, here is my summer time favourite: courgettes souffle. Warning, this is a recipe you can't rush or rustle-up in minutes, you need a bit of patience. But if you do give it a go, trust me it is worth the effort.

Ingredients:

120 g of cheddar grated

350 ml of milk

4 small courgettes grated (they will cook quicker if you do so)

one table spoon of olive oil

1 small onion finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic finely grated

4 large eggs

60 g of butter,

60 g of plain flour

6 ramekins buttered and floured

Step one: cook the courgettes

In a pan add the olive oil and the onion finely chopped, cook the onions until soft, then add the garlic and stir for a minute or so. Then add your grated courgettes, a bit of salt and pepper and stir, lid on, let them cook on a low heat for 10 to 15 minutes until they are soft.

Step two: make a bechamel sauce

In a pan melt your butter, once melted add the flour and stir constantly for a good minute or so. Off the heat, using a whisk, slowly add your milk and stir until all the milk is incorporated. Then put it back on the heat and stir constantly until your bechamel thickens. Off  the heat add your cheese and your cooked courgettes and stir. Separate the egg yolks, keep the whites. Add the yolks to the mixture and stir.

Step three: the final stage

Pre-heat your oven at 180° C

Whisk your egg whites into stiff peaks. Gently fold your whites into your bechamel, courgettes sauce, one spoonful at a time. It is very important to take time to do this correctly. Once all your whites are incorporated fill your ramekins to the top. Pop them in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Bon appétit!⠀

Corrine x