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