Beetroot brownies

Beetroot brownies

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus cooling

Easy

Makes 15-20
With around half the fat of regular brownies, these are a slightly less guilty pleasure, but still have that intense chocolate hit

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal255
  • fat13g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.11g
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Ingredients

  • 500g whole raw beetroot (3-4 medium beets)
    Beetroot

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  • 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 200g bar plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

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  • 100g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder

Method

  1. Wear a pair of rubber gloves to stop your hands from staining, then top, tail and peel the beetroot – you’ll need about 400g flesh. Roughly chop and put into a large bowl. Add a splash of water, cover with cling film, then microwave on High for 12 mins or until tender.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. While the beetroot cooks, butter then line a 20 x 30cm traybake or small roasting tin. Roughly chop the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes. Tip the cooked beetroot into a sieve, drain off any excess liquid, then put into a food processor or blender with the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Whizz until the mix is as smooth as you can get it. The chocolate and butter will melt as you do this.

  3. Put the sugar and eggs into a large bowl, then beat using an electric hand whisk until thick, pale and foamy, about 2 mins. Spoon the beetroot mix into the bowl (it won’t look too pretty at this stage, but bear with me), then use a large metal spoon to fold it into the whisked eggs. Try to conserve as much air in the mixture as you can. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, then gently fold these in to make a smooth batter.

  4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25 mins or until risen all over, with just the merest quiver under the centre of the crust when you shake the pan. Cool completely in the tin, then cut into squares.

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ruthwilliamson
18th May, 2013
4.05
Good chocolate hit and lovely and moist.
ju_lia0
12th May, 2013
5.05
I used precooked beetroot and microved for 1 min so it was warm. All my kids ate them even knowing the beetroot was in them.
splayds
4th May, 2013
5.05
Great recipe! Grated the beetroot when cooled and squeezed out excess juice. Melted chocolate and butter separately , creamed the sugar (hlf caster & hlf brown) and eggs in a mixer, added the rest of the ingredients on slowest speed until combined , baked in a slow oven (150c) for just over an hour & topped with lime and cream cheese frosting when cooled....perfect!
stephenmcevoy
30th Mar, 2013
5.05
I tried these last night, used 25g extra flower to avoid a soggy result just in case, but everything else I stuck to as per recipe and they turned out perfect. They were exactly the same colour as the ones above. I used dark bournville cocoa. while mixing the beetroot to liquidize it I used a table spoon of milk to get it mixing. I tried them with a friend once they cooled and we loved them. My new favourite dessert! Try it, you'll love them. I was a cheat and used the vacuum packed beetroot from Lidl, steamed them for ten minutes... no fuss.. less mess!
stephenmcevoy
30th Mar, 2013
5.05
I tried these last night, used 25g extra flower to avoid a soggy result just in case, but everything else I stuck to as per recipe and they turned out perfect. They were exactly the same colour as the ones above. I used dark bournville cocoa. while mixing the beetroot to liquidize it I used a table spoon of milk to get it mixing. I tried them with a friend once they cooled and we loved them. My new favourite dessert! Try it, you'll love them. I was a cheat and used the vacuum packed beetroot from Lidl, steamed them for ten minutes... no fuss.. less mess!
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Hobbesmaster
20th Mar, 2013
5.05
Excellent! I have several great recipes for beetroot, but rarely get to make them because my friends demand beetroot to be turned into brownies. Don't fall for the "better beetroot brownies" recipe! It is not better at all, only more difficult to make, takes longer and is not as yummy as this one.
ilwenundomiel
15th Mar, 2013
1.05
I followed the recipe step by step but the result is awful. 25 minutes are funny - the cake (or what the hell is it) is melting once cut. And the taste of beetroot totally covered any sign of chocolate or cocoa. Yuck. Maybe if I've baked it a lot longer it would be done but I think the taste wouldn't be better. First Good Food recipe which is disappointing for me.
VixR
27th Sep, 2013
Agree. YUCK! Mine weren't runny, but these were vile. So disappointed.
alex101
11th Oct, 2013
Same mine were wet & soggy & nasty!
11ebbc
2nd Mar, 2013
Great taste! You can't taste the beetroot! Recommend to everyone! #beetrootbrowines@bbcgf

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