Sunday, 26 October 2008

Baking beetroot brownies...




A glut of beetroot in our veg box led us to try some of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's beetroot recipes that recently featured on River Cottage Autumn. None of our family are particularly keen on beetroot, having vivid childhood memories of the pickled beetroot jar being brought out at Christmas! So we thought it was about time to exorcise our beetroot demons with some Chocolate and beetroot brownies...

Chocolate and beetroot brownies

Ingredients:• 250g/10oz good, dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces• 250g/ 10oz unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus more for greasing• 250g/10oz caster sugar • 3 free-range eggs• 150g self-raising flour (we used wholemeal self-raising) • 250g of beetroot, boiled until tender, peeled and grated

Method: How to make chocolate and beetroot brownies

1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a baking tin of approximately 20x30x3cm and line the bottom with baking parchment.

2. Break up the chocolate into pieces, cut the butter into cubes then mix them up a bit in a heatproof bowl. As the oven begins to warm up, put the bowl onto one of the shelves for a few minutes until the chocolate and butter starts to melt. Stir, and put back into the oven for a few more minutes to melt completely.

3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a bowl until combined, then beat in the melted chocolate and butter until smooth. Gently fold in the flour then the beetroot – be careful not to overmix or it will make the brownies tough.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth over the top with a spatula. Bake for about 20 minutes. A knife or skewer pushed into the middle should come out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Don't be tempted to overcook them! Remove the tin from the oven and leave on wire rack to cool before cutting into squares.

The rich reddy chocolate colour is amazing and they are delicious served warm straight out of the oven with a little ice-cream!

2 comments:

  1. They do look gorgeous! Gordon Ramsays wife was on the radio the other day talking about these...they sound lovely..but our problem here is that we love, adore and gobble up boiled beetroot on its own. PLain, maybe a little vinegar!
    Even the kids justb stab the whole beetroots with a fork and walk off eating them like a toffee apple!

    We will try this though...hearing about it twice in just a few days must mean they're calling to me!

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  2. If you can't bring yourself to put beetroot in your brownies, I would also recommend courgette and chocolate muffins!

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