Beetroot and Orange Brownies – We Should Cocoa #38

Along with the courgette glut in August and September this year, I ended up with a beetroot one too. This was good news. Last year was such a rubbish one down at the plot, we hardly got any courgettes and even less beetroot. So I was very pleased to be able to puzzle over what I could turn my surplus beets into. I had a go at making beetroot brownies a few years ago and seem to remember thinking they were more like cake than brownies. However, that was a while ago and I thought another attempt was in order. Orange is a classic flavouring to pair with beetroot, so this seemed like a good place to start. I had some orange and almond Lindt chocolate I thought would work and I reasoned that adding some orange liqueur could only make things better.

These brownies were definitely gooey rather than cakey and they had the classic crackly top; after due deliberation, I awarded them full marks. Even more remarkably, CT, who is not at all a beetroot fan gave them the thumbs up. The chocolate contributed to the texture with crunchy pieces of almond which added to the overall pleasure.

Ness over at JibberJabberUK is hosting We Should Cocoa this month and has chosen vegetables as the surprise ingredient. This gives plenty of scope and is just right to showcase my beetroot and orange brownies.

All made from scratch and our own beetroots too, I’m submitting these to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays.

With all those home grown beetroot, this is a slightly cheaper brownie than it might otherwise have been, so I am submitting it to Credit Crunch Munch which is hosted this month by Michelle of Utterly Scrummy Food For Families. This is a monthly challenge normally hosted by Fuss Free Flavours or Fab Food 4 All.

I’m also entering these into the No Waste Food Challenge with Turquoise Lemons as the theme is root vegetables this month and I had a mass of beetroot I did not want to waste.

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Beetroot and Orange Brownies

by August-25-2013
A soft but gooey brownie with a good orange flavour and a delightful purple colour.
  • 4 medium sized roots, weighing in at 350g once topped, tailed and skinned) Beetroot – boiled
  • 200g Dark Chocolate (half orange flavoured, half 70% plain)
  • 100g Unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp Orange liqueur
  • 3 Eggs
  • 200g Light brown sugar
  • 50g Dark brown sugar
  • 100g Flour (half wholemeal spelt, half plain white)
  • 25g Cocoa powder
1. Melt the chocolate and butter together in a pan over very low heat. Stir until smooth, then allow to cool.2. Puree the beetroot with the orange liqueur – I used a stick blender.3. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until the mixture is thick and has doubled in volume.4. Fold in the chocolate mixture, followed by the beetroot trying not to stir all of the air out of the egg mixture.5. Sieve in the flour and cocoa and fold in until just combined.6. Pour into a 9″ sq silicone cake mould and bake in the middle of the oven at 180°C for about 30 minutes when the top is firm, but the middle is still a bit squidgy.7. Allow to cool in the mould, then cut into 16 squares.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16 pieces


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    Laura Denman
    13th October 2013

    These are definitely different and have got me itching to try baking with beetroot. I’ve always been put off before but seeing them in a brownie, one of my favourite cakes, has changed my mind =)

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    13th October 2013

    Choc, I love the colour of these! I was wondering just yesterday if you could make red velvet cake with beetroot instead of food colouring? The orange liqueur and chocolate would have added a lovely flavour. 🙂

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    Jibber JabberUK
    13th October 2013

    What an amazing colour! I was hoping for some homegrown produce this month for We Should Cocoa and I am glad you used your beetroot for such a great recipe.

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    13th October 2013

    I love them! Their colour is very interesting and using beetroot is just great in cakes. I have been buying and cooking quite a lot of beetroot this season. I love its earthy and delicious taste but you need gloves to peel it 🙂
    I need to experiment making cakes with it. Love your brownies!

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    14th October 2013

    Wow they look delicious. I’m impressed they kept their bright red colour. I find beetroot always makes things lovely and fudgey.

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    belleau kitchen
    14th October 2013

    look at the colour on these beauties… I think I need the sunglasses out!… they look so good and what a fab combo… orange, chocolate and beetroot… gorgeous stuff!

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    Barbara Good
    14th October 2013

    I’ve just planted my first lot of beetroot seeds here and will continue planting them every couple of weeks, this recipe could be just what I need in a couple of months. Love the interesting colour.

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    Javelin Warrior
    14th October 2013

    Such gorgeous brownies, Choclette, and I love that these turned out more gooey than cakey – I’m a big fan of gooey! And the color is superb – and not a drop of food dye!

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    Elizabeth Young
    16th October 2013

    Gosh these look AMAZING! I’ve been wanting to bake with beetroot for ages now but was waiting for the right recipe to come along….this may well be the one!

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    Johanna GGG
    20th October 2013

    can’t believe the colour of these – despite them being so full of chocolate – that is a win win – I am not sure I will get a we should cocoa entry in this month – really love the theme but haven’t managed much baking.

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    3rd November 2013

    I’ve been meaning to come on over and comment on your beetroot brownies and how amazed I am at the colour. I’ve made beetroot brownies a few times and mine have never been that red. I note that you have boiled your and then pureed them, so I will be giving your version a try maybe even this month. I will have to omit the orange liqueur though as the kids will want some, do you have any other suggestions.

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    8th November 2013

    Love the look of these! I hope we get a beetroot glut next year to do something similar!!

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    Kate - Turquoise Lemons
    19th November 2013

    Wow these look amazing! The next time I have a glut of beetroot I’m baking these. Love the addition of the orange flavour. Thank you for joining in the No Waste Food Challenge.

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