Father’s Day Chocolate Beetroot Brownies

We were meant to be camping at the coast for Father’s Day weekend, but the hideously wet forecast changed all that.

Matthew decided to pitch the tent in the back garden instead – so he and Sam had a ‘guys night’ under canvas. They had a brilliant time!

To celebrate Father’s Day and put the first harvest of fresh beetroot to good use from the allotment I decided to bake brownies.

It’s a bit of a mental leap to think about using beetroot with chocolate, but it’s a stroke of genius whoever came up with it! I first had a dabble last year with a huge chocolate beetroot cake, but this time I decided brownies were worth a go.

I found a great recipe on the Good Food website, and stocked up on vinyl gloves to protect my hands from beetroot juice. It’s potent stuff, really really good for you, but boy does it look like you’ve been in a massacre when you’ve been handling it.

The brownies came out a dark reddish brown in colour, and had a very pleasingly light consistency. The beetroot gives them a lovely juicy quality, and also lightens the effect of the chocolate. They’re certainly not sickly sweet and don’t hit heavily in your tum.

When I popped this plate into the tent it was literally pounced on and devoured immediately…

Chocolate Beetroot Brownies (Makes 20-24 depending on how large you like your brownies)

4 medium sized whole raw beetroot
100g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
200g dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa), roughly chopped
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g caster sugar
3 eggs
100g plain flour (sifted)
25g cocoa powder (sifted)
1 tsp icing sugar for dusting (optional)

1. Get some protective gloves on to protect your hands from the red beetroot juice, cut off the top and bottom of the beetroot then peel. Roughly chop and then place in large bowl. Add a dash of water, cover with cling film then cook in microwave on full power for about 12 mins until tender.

2. Heat oven to 180’C/160’C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm tin – traybake or roaster both fine. Take beetroot out of microwave and drain using a sieve. Put back in bowl and add the butter, chocolate and vanilla, and mix until all melted together. Use either a food processor or blender to blitz the mixture until really smooth. I only have a tiny food processor attachment for my hand blender so had to do it in a couple of batches.

3. Beat the sugar and eggs together in a large bowl using an electric whisk until it’s a nice foamy consistency and pale in colour. This should take a couple of minutes. Carefully spoon the beetroot mixture into the bowl and using a metal spoon gently fold it in. Then add the sifted flour and cocoa, again carefully folding the ingredients in to form a smooth brightly coloured batter.

4. Pour mixture into your prepared tin and bake for around 25 mins until it’s risen with a slight wobble under the crust when you shake it. Cool totally in the tin, then cut into squares. Dust with icing sugar for a pretty finish.

The brownies didn't hang around for long...

We’ve been consuming so much beetroot lately in fact that it’s had a rather alarming side effect when you go to the loo. You have been warned…

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families thatโ€™ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea! She lives in West London with her two young boys and yes, her firefighter husband.
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11 Responses to Father’s Day Chocolate Beetroot Brownies

  1. Chris says:

    These look divine Katie. I was all set to make your chocolate beetroot cake on Saturday but unfortunately local Morrisons was out of beetroot! Will endeavour to try these soon

  2. ali.b. says:

    Thanks for the recipe must give them a go although no home grown beetroot:-( , wonder whether to tell the boys before or after they had beetroot in – hmmm?? (Saying that they do like pickled beetroot so…)

  3. My favourite combination! They look scrummy. Also, loving the plate that Arlo has got his mitts on!

  4. Ren Behan says:

    Hi Katie, what a lovely way to use beetroot. I actually love the beetroot and chcolate combo as it always makes the cake, or in this case yummy brownies, so moist. Please enter them into my Simple and in Season June link up? I had loads of beetroot in my veg box and made soup…I really should have made these!! x

  5. Hi Katies, a round up post is on its way today! Thanks again for sharing this recipe with Simple and in Season.

  6. sue says:

    Can you use beetroot from a jar? (Not in vinegar – just already cooked)?

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