Sunday, 16 August 2009

Beetroot & Almond Chocolate Squares

I'm still harvesting plenty of beetroot so wanted to try another cake recipe using beetroot - something suitable for a picnic! This is what I came up with:
  • Melted 100g unsalted butter with 100g 85% dark chocolate and 100g muscovado sugar in a small pan.
  • Mashed 200g cooked beetroot.
  • Sifted 100g plain flour (wholemeal spelt) into a mixing bowl with a pinch of salt.
  • Mixed in 100g ground almonds.
  • Made a well in the centre and poured in chocolate mixture.
  • Mixed this together with 4 duck eggs and beetroot.
  • Spooned this into 9" square cake thingie and baked for 20 mins at 180°C (gas 4).
  • When cool cut into 16 squares.
Writing this now I rather wished I'd added some grated orange rind - not because they weren't pretty damn good anyway, but I think this would have enhanced the flavour even further - beetroot and orange are good complementary flavours. Luckily, the cakes got a general thumbs up being moist, dense, flavoursome and not too sweet.


  1. Not keen on beetroot but this would be a good way to get beetroot into the diet.

  2. These look yummy. I love beetroot and grow my own every year to make my chutney. I would love to have a go at these. A simple way of getting healthy stuff in to the kids too without them knowing

  3. What an unusual combination of flavours. I must send the recipe to a Ukrainian friend of mine.

  4. I've tasted chocolate beetroot cake before, and these Squares sound delicious. Will try them out.

  5. My ten year old saw the title and went 'urgh'! But I'm sure she'd love them if I made some.


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