Chocolate Beetroot Muffins


So if you’ve not guessed already, I’ve a garden full of beetroot which needs using.  The varieties I grow stand well in the ground all season without going woody, which means I don’t tend to make lots of sowings but it does mean that by the end of the year I’ve got some massive beetroot.  Grated or pureed down, it works well in cakes by adding a background earthy sweetness – nothing too over the top, but most of all it adds a degree of moisture which prevents cakes from going stale for an extra couple of days.  The vivid pink tends to cook out, but in this particular recipe you;d be hard pressed to recognise that there was any beetroot present.  Compared with other, richer Chocolate Muffin recipes this is ‘relatively’ healthy, and compared with my previous endeavour, it’s simplicity itself

TIP: It’s useful to get hold of some silicon muffin cases to use for any surplus mixture.  These are self-supporting and can bake on a small dish rather than needing a full muffin tray.

Makes about 15 Muffins

Ingredients

  • 75g Cocoa Powder
  • 180g Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 250g Golden Granulated Caster Sugar
  • 250g Fresh Beetroot, microwaved & peeled weight
  • 200ml Rapeseed/Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 100g Plain Chocolate, c45% Cocoa Solids, chopped

Method

  • Sift the cocoa, flour and baking powder into a large bowl and stir in the sugar
  • In a food processor blitz the beetroot until smooth then add the oil and vanilla and blitz again If using freshly microwaved beetroot he mixture may be quite hot, in which case wait a few minutes before moving on to the next step
  • Add the eggs to the beetroot mix and process until smooth, then pour into the bowl with the dry ingredients
  • Mix well then stir through the chopped chocolate
  • Spoon into muffin cases in a tray until ¾ full – beware, the mixture is quite slack so its can get a bit messy!
  • Bake at 160°C Fan for about 30 minutes, until firm to the touch
  • Set aside for 5 minutes then remove from the tray to cool on a wire rack

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