Saturday, 26 March 2011

Beetroot...in a brownie??

Melissa and I both really like beetroot but for some reason they never seem to fit into any of the meals we're making (and I had also promised Melissa that I wouldn't make her eat the bright pink beetroot and vodka valentine's risotto again).  While we were at Shoreham Farmers' Market the other weekend Melissa and I had signed up to a local veggie box scheme and three earthy purple cricket balls from our first delivery had been sitting in our fridge for a few days calling out for me to use them in something good. 

I remembered a cookery programme I saw a while back when Diana Henry made a beetroot and chocolate cake that looked absolutely delicious.  I thought, if it could work in a cake, then why not a brownie?  So I googled "beetroot chocolate brownie" and top of the results was a recipe from BBC Good Food for a beetroot brownie.  It called for 500g of beetroot, which was exactly the weight of the three beets I had in the fridge, so figuring it must be a sign I decided to whip up a batch.

It always feels like a comedy recipe when you have to put on rubber gloves before you start but I have to say this is one of the weirdest recipe's I think I've ever made!  The gloves are necessary to prevent Lady Macbeth syndrome from the deep purple juices that seep out of the beetroot, which you peel, chop then microwave until cooked.  Then while they're still hot you stick them in the food processor with butter and a rubbley pile of bashed up dark chocolate chunks and blitz until everything has pureed and melted together.  I have to say it did not look appetising at this point...

You then whip up some eggs and sugar and fold in the mixture, adding flour and cocoa powder at then end.  What you end up is a pinky brown beetrooty chocoatey mush that looks like this:



Utterly unsure of how this was going to turn out I stuck the tray in the oven, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.  20 minutes later they were cooked to perfection but Melissa and I were both none the wiser as to whether they would taste any good!


Once they had cooled I cut them into squares and carefully lifted them onto plates (as they are quite delicate) for an after dinner treat.  The texture of the brownies was beautiful - they managed to be rich, chocolatey and moist but still quite light at the same time.  I was a bit unsure of the taste on the first bite as you can taste the earthy tang of the beetroot, but they are surprisingly really moorish.  Usually one brownie is more than enough for me but I would have quite happily polished off a second one.  And as they are only half the fat of a regular brownie it wouldn't be a total sin to do so....


Our friend Jo is down for her birthday tonight so we now have some beetroot birthday brownies for her to sample for an unbiased verdict :o)

5 comments:

CraftyBird said...

Really enjoying reading you blog. I can't wait until I can come and buy baked goods from you- especially as it will be so local! xx

BrightonBaker said...

Glad you're enjoying it! I'll be sure to whip up a batch of tasty treats for your visit at the weekend too :o)

joanneh2000 said...

Your friend Jo totally loved the beetroot brownie, although felt they could have benefited from a touch more beetroot to give them a unique flavour! Give it a go - more than happy to pop down again to give them another try ;o)
Must say though when I went to work on Monday my colleagues thought it was a little odd that I had beetroot brownies over the weekend. I thought they were fab - look forward to another tasty treat on my next visit. xx

BrightonBaker said...

Glad you enjoyed them! I have to say that Melissa and I had no problems polishing off the rest of the batch (although if you see my post today perhaps I shouldn't have eaten so many?).

Hope to see you down in Brighton again soon to try out some more treats :o)

Jane said...

Jo raved so much about the beetroot brownies i thought i'd better follow your blog for more kitchen inspiration!