Monday, 29 September 2014

beautiful beetroot


I am just starting to harvest beetroot from our lottie. They were sown late in the season as the first lot failed to germinate. However,it was worth the wait. for these beautiful dark purple globes.
Beetroot is now one of my favourite veggies.
So good in salads, soups ...and baking.


Using vegetables in baking, once a necessity to eke out more expensive ingredients, is now enjoying a resurgence as a way to add flavour and nutrition to cakes and biscuits.

I turned again to one of my best loved recipe books Nigel Slater's Tender vol 1 for ideas and found this lovely recipe for beetroot seed cake.



A change from the more usual chocolate and beetroot combination ( good though that is), this cake is moist and nutty
and the beetroot gives a very pretty pink marbled effect when cooked.

Do give it a go.





12 comments:

  1. I love beets and you can't beat Nigel Slater! (no pun intended) You cake looks delicious.

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  2. Beetroot and leeks is all that we left to harvest. The cake looks delicious I will certainly be giving that a try.

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  3. Another beetroot fan here though these days I mostly make soup with it. Have to admit I've never tried baking with beetroot and am wondering how I might veganise the seed cake recipe. It looks very yum.

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  4. Coming from a Polish family, it would be strange if I didn't love beetroot! Although I've never baked with it - yet. I've seen a lot of cake recipes but they're usually chocolate-based so this one looks unusual.
    The earthiness of beetroot is lovely with sharper flavours, so roasted it's nice with crumbled Feta. And if you blitz boiled beetroot with some horseradish it's lovely spread on rye bread with thick slices of ham.
    Yours looks lovely - definitely something I'll grow one day when we have a plot. The leaves are a beautiful shade, too.
    S x

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    1. Thank you Sarah. Beetroot are very easy to grow, as you probably know and the cake is well worth trying. Thank you for your ideas. I like the sound of beetroot with horseradish on rye bread and ham. I will definitely try that.

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  5. That cake looks delicious. The Nigel Slater book is one of my favourites too. I'm happy to have found your blog (via Mitenska), I'm a novice allotmenteer as well, I shall look forward to following along and picking up some tips! CJ xx

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    1. Thank you and welcome. I'm glad to have found you too! I've had a quick peek at your lovely blog and shall enjoy keeping in touch.

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  6. That looks fab. Not sure why I haven't clocked that one as I have and use the book! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you. It is a lovely recipe.

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  7. This looks beautiful. I have just started using beetroot and baked some the other night with some other veggies. I've also just tasted my first beetroot and chocolate cake (at a wonderful new tea shop in Market Deeping!). It was delicious.

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    1. Thank you. Ooo - new tea shop in Market Deeping! Must check that out :)

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  8. I love beetroot in or with anything ... except vinegar . The cake sounds intriguing .

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