THE LEFTOVERS CAKE
If you often overestimate the amount of veg you’ll need for dinner, use everything up quickly by adding it to your pudding
The bake for all of your leftover veg
Leftover veg & orange cake
Makes 15 squares Prep 40 mins plus cooling Cook 30 mins 36p a square 346 kcals, 13g fat, 7g sat. fat, 40g sugar
200g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing 140g sultanas or raisins zest and juice 2 oranges, or 4 clementines 300g self-raising flour 300g light soft brown sugar 2 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 4 large eggs, beaten with a fork 300g carrots, parsnips, pumpkin, butternut squash or swede, or a mixture, grated 200g icing sugar or fondant icing sugar few crushed white sugar cubes
1 Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease and line a 30 x 20cm baking or roasting tin with baking parchment. Mix the sultanas and zest and juice from 1 orange (or 2 clementines), and microwave on High for 2 mins.
2 Mix the flour, caster sugar, spices, bicarb and pinch of salt into a large bowl. Mix the eggs with the melted butter and sultana mixture, then tip into the dry ingredients and stir in with a wooden spoon. Stir in the grated veg, and scrape into the tin. Bake for 35- 40 mins, or until a skewer poked in the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tin.
3 Once cool sift the icing sugar into a bowl and stir in remaining orange zest plus enough juice to make a runny icing. Drizzle all over the cake and scatter with the crushed sugar cubes. Leave to set, then slice into 15 squares to serve. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. In a large bowl, whisk 2 eggs, 125ml veg oil and 85g soft brown sugar, then add 350g coarsely grated courgettes and 1 tsp vanilla extract. In another bowl, combine 300g plain flour 2 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda, ½ tsp baking powder, 85g walnuts, roughly chopped, and 140g sultanas with a pinch of salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, then pour into the tin. Bake for 1 hr, until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool, then serve, or freeze for up to 1 month. Serves 8.