Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Beetroot brownies

beetroot cake

I had some fresh beetroot in and saw a recipe for beetroot brownies in The Guardian weekend and HAD to make them! The recipe is from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, who is so adorable and really makes me want to have a vegetable patch, although Pepe and Nina would dig it up!

Here is a warning though - use ready peeled and cooked beetroot if you can! I don't know what possesses me to buy fresh beetroot, but I do. And it is so so messy! My arms and still slightly stained with flecks of beetroot juice and it got all over our white tiles.

These brownies are delicious. When I pureed the beetroot though, there were still some chunks of beetroot left in, but I think this makes it seem more authentic no? I mean, I could say they were beetroot but people might not believe me because they had no chunks in them and were so tasty! The chocolate and beetroot goes so well together; I have heard of it before but was always sceptical. Then again, I was also sceptical of carrot cake (just like Hugh!) when I was younger.


You can either grate or purée the cooked beetroot before adding to the mix - the latter gives a slightly more velvety texture. They work just as well with or without walnuts. Some people think that a brownie isn't a brownie without walnuts, while others can't stand them; it really depends on your personal preference. Makes 15 squares.

250g unsalted butter, cut into cubes, plus a little more for greasing
250g plain chocolate (about 70% cocoa solids), broken into squares
250g caster sugar
3 eggs
150g self-raising flour (we use wholemeal self-raising)
100g broken walnuts (optional)
250g cooked and peeled beetroot, grated or puréed

Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/ gas mark 3. Lightly grease a baking tin that's roughly 20cm x 30cm in size and at least 2cm deep. Line the bottom with greaseproof paper and butter the paper, too.

Put the cubed butter and chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Place this on an oven tray lined with a baking sheet, and put in oven to warm up. After a few minutes, remove, stir, then return to the oven to melt completely. (Alternatively, melt the chocolate and butter in the conventional manner, in a bowl held over a pan of barely simmering water.)

In another bowl, whisk the sugar with the eggs until smooth and creamy. Stir in the chocolate mixture until well combined. Sift in the flour, stir, fold in the walnuts (if using) and beetroot. Pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a knife or skewer comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it - be careful not to overcook the brownies. Remove from the oven, then stand the tray on a wire rack until cool enough to cut into squares.

beetroot brownies

beetroot brownies


There is also a recipe for a butternut squash loaf cake with a honey drizzle from Hugh that I am dying to try! I also have a buternut squash in actually...


  1. Beet is delicious - especially when used in a sweet dish! The brownie looks delicious.

  2. i dont think i like beetroot : ( which is a shame cause they do LOOK yummy. haha!
    P.S - I love your mug!

  3. chocolate shavings - yes i love beetroot too! they were delicious, you should try them.

    carrie - it is a shame you don't like them! they don't really taste of beetroot though. it is like carrot cake - i was always scared that would be horrible and savoury but you can't really tell it's carrot and it's delicious!

  4. those brownies looks soooo good!
    i haven't had brownies in the longest time!


  5. I thought I didnt like beetroot until I actually started eating it! Your brownies look great, I think i'll try this for the holidays :)

  6. Intriguing! I am definately game. Have you ever tried sweet corn ice cream? Also amazing.

  7. I love Hugh F-W! I made these brownies a couple of weeks back after seeing them on River Cottage Autumn, I have to agree they are totally delicious. I'm intriged by the squash loaf cake as I have a squash that needs using up.

  8. How original! Come to think about it, it makes sense, as beetroot is so sweet...

  9. mmm look delicious!!
    tomorrow will try to make them!
    nice blog!!
    be happy!

  10. Oh my god, did you REALLY have to show these pictures??! :P No, I'm just kidding =P It just looked SO good! Great photos...

  11. i saw these being made a while ago on his show, he made some beetroot ice cream too! yummy yum, gonna have to get my bake on soon :D

    ahhhliss x

  12. I've made couple of beetroot cakes, but nothing with so much chocolate! Need to rectify that soon :)

  13. these looks so yummy. i am loving your blog!

  14. DO they taste good?? I saw these recipes and wasn't convinced by the beetroot one. I did hvae a friend make a beetroot chocolate cake though and it was surprisingly tasty (hardly could taste the beetroot).

    May test it (after Christmas) with gluten-free flour... am wheat-intolerant, which is a bit of a pain!!



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