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Friday, 5 February 2016

Fiona's Lime, Courgette and Coconut Loaf

I wanted to share this tasty recipe with you which is proving popular with friends, family and at cake sales. I know, I know courgette...but trust  me it works. It adds moisture and a nice texture to the cake and with the lime syrup that is added at the end this is guaranteed to please. It is so very morish that one slice never seems to be enough...but it contains one of your five a day! So enjoy and please leave comments below letting me know if it worked out for you.


125g butter, cubed
225g self-raising flour, sifted
Pinch of salt
125g caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
Finely grated zest and juice of 3 limes
1/2 medium courgette, peeled and grated
30g dessicated coconut

For the topping

Juice of 2 limes
200g caster sugar
Dessicated coconut for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 180c/ gas mark 4. Line and grease a 2lb loaf tin (I use the pre-shaped liners).
  2. Mix flour and salt together then rub in butter until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. 
  3. Stir in sugar then add eggs, lime juice and lime zest and mix.
  4. Stir in grated courgette and coconut and stir gently until just combined.
  5. Spoon into loaf tin and bake for 45 - 55 minutes. 
  6. Insert a skewer to test. Cool slightly in tin.
  7. Meanwhile mix lime juice and syrup together. Prick surface of cake and pour over syrup leaving it to sink in. Add a sprinkling of coconut whilst syrup is still sticky.
  8. Lift from tin to cool completely.

I use a fan oven so adjust accordingly.
I found that using 2 limes and 200g of sugar for the syrup was a bit too much so try adding half, letting it sink in for a while and then adding the rest.

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