Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cook It- Beetroot Bronwies

If you liked Hugh's Beetroot Soup, then you'll love his River Cottage Beetroot Brownies. Dave and I made them a little while ago and I'm putting them on the list for our annual winter holiday (maybe made with our own chocolate).

River Cottage Beetroot Brownies

Prep time -20 mins

Cook Time -Bake for 20-25 mins

Servings -Makes about 20 (if you eat like a sparrow)

  • • 250g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • • 250g dark chocolate (about 70 per cent cocoa solids), broken into pieces
  • • 3 medium eggs
  • • 250g caster sugar
  • • A pinch of sea salt
  • • 150g self-raising flour (I use wholemeal, but white works well too)
  • • 250g beetroot, boiled until tender, cooled, peeled and grated

Grease a shallow baking tin, approximately 20 x 25cm, and line the base with baking parchment. Put the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Set the oven at 180 degrees celsius/Gas Mark 4 and put the bowl in it for a few minutes until the chocolate and butter start to melt. Stir, then put back into the oven for a few more minutes to melt completely. Of course, you could melt them together in the traditional way, over a pan of hot water, but it seems a shame not to exploit the warming oven. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl until combined, then beat in the melted chocolate and butter until smooth. Combine the salt with the flour, sift them over the chocolate mixture, then gently fold in with a large metal spoon. Fold in the grated beetroot - be careful not to over-mix or it will make the brownies tough. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes; when the brownies are done, a knife or skewer inserted in the centre should come out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Don 't be tempted to overcook them or they will be dry. Remove the tin from the oven and leave on a wire rack to cool before cutting into squares. Variation Plain chocolate brownies With a little more sugar and a little less flour than the beetroot version, these are dense and fudgy - a classic brownie. They're very good served warm as a pud, but also excellent cold. Follow the main recipe but increase the caster sugar to 275g, reduce the flour to 125g and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the egg and sugar mixture. Omit the beetroot. 

 Recipe from this book

Thanks for the goodness Hugh. If you haven't already, check River Cottage out and join my River Cottage Challenge.


  1. Yum!! Had a chuckle at your post title at first... love River Cottage!

  2. Yes I've made these brownies before and they are a huge hit! I just love to sneak in beetroot!

  3. just pulled these out of the oven...the mix tasted divine, just need to wait until they are cool enough to eat! Thanks for sharing the recipe :) Tatum xx

  4. just copied this recipe, hope to try it this week! thanks for sharing.

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