In the blue corner, the defending title holder, - Chocolate Beetroot Brownie, and the new contender for the title, in the red corner - Green Tomato Cake.
Chocolate Beetroot Brownie
Whisk together 3 eggs and 250g of sugar, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract then the melted gooey chocolate and stir together.
Into the mixture sift 100g of self raising flour, a pinch of salt and 25g of cocoa powder, fold a few times but don't over work as this can make your brownies a bit tough.
Then bake for 20 minutes, checking with a skewer before taking out of the oven (insert a skewer and it should come out clean without chocolatey goo on it when the cake is cooked).
Leave in the tin to cool fully before turning out onto a wire rack.
Green Tomato Cake
In a large mixing bowl beat together until smooth:
2 1/4 cups of sugar
1 cup veg oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Into the mixture sift:
3 cups of plain flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (optional - I detest it so I don't use it but it was part of the original recipe)
Beat the mixture together creating a stiff cake dough.
1 cup of pecans or walnuts (I actually used almonds because the walnuts are not ready for picking yet)
1 cup raisins
2 1/2 cups of chopped green tomatoes
Pour the mixture into a greased cake tin - springform if you have one.
Sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons of dessicated coconut, and bake at 180°C for 1 hour.
Righto - off to tend to my green tomato and ham soup - recipe to follow......