Monday, April 5, 2010


Feel it's time for some more brownies, and I have to say that these ones go straight to ........... the bottom of the list :o((

I have a veggie phobic child, well teenager (sad I know!) and I still pounce on any recipe that hides a few valuable minerals and vitamins, and I really pounced on this one.  When said teenager tasted it he said that it tasted of broccoli!!!  It didn't really taste of broccoli, or even of beetroot, but it did have a slightly savory taste (not that that was a bad thing exactly just unexpected) but what I really didn't like was the texture, the tiny slivers of beetroot had a slightly slimy feeling in the mouth - not exactly what I'm after in a sweet treat.

On all other fronts the brownies were great, beautifully moist and chocolaty, and I wonder if I had pureed the beetroot would it have been better than grating them?

Anyway here's the recipe, should you be trying to hide those vitamins and minerals!

Beetroot Brownies
Based on River Cottage Autumn Recipe

250g          dark chocolate (70%)
250g          butter
250g          caster sugar
3                eggs
150g          self raising flour
250g          boiled beetroot - grated but pureed would be better.
                  (I used the vacuum packed cooked beetroot and grated it)
                  (obviously avoid the pickled ones!!!!)

Preheat oven to 180 C
Line a 20cm x 20cm brownie tin

Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
Whisk the sugar and eggs together.
Allow the chocolate and butter to cool slightly and then add to the egg mixture.
Fold in the flour and then the beetroot.
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 30 - 40 minutes.
Allow to cool in the tin.


Lucie said...

What a shame, they look so tasty! Lucie x

Jutta said...

That is a shame BG! I have used the recipe from The River Cottage Family Cookbook (no beetroot in this recipe) and it is delicious. I have it on my blog under March, it is the double chocolate brownie if you ever want to give it a try. It was very more-ish.

Vicky said...

Your brownies look gorgeous even if the texture wasn't so nice! A friend of mine has a brownie recipe that everyone loves. I rely on it as my trusted brownie recipe now! xx

Brownieville Girl said...

Thanks Lucie,

Will deffinitely give them a go Jutta.

Have you blogged your recipe Helen? I'd love to try it too!

The search goes on for the perfect brownie!!

Melanie Heavenly said...

Maybe raw beetroot would have been better to use? I think I've seen chocolate cake recipes that use raw grated beetroot? You've got to try things don't you?

Coby said...

Ahh texture is such an important 'ingredient' in a recipe isn't it? Look at it this way though, *something* has to be at the bottom of the list! Pity though of course, that these are so convincingly last!