Chocolate & beetroot muffins

Chocolate & beetroot muffins

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From
Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home
Makes
8
Photographer
Patricia Niven

MRS: The hooligans love chocolate so much that the beetroot here doesn’t get a second thought. It also adds a lovely sweetness and the olive oil keeps the muffins moist. I use cacao powder but you can use drinking chocolate instead if that’s what you have in the cupboard – it will just make the muffins a little bit sweeter.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 beetroot, about 200 g
2 free-range eggs
80ml extra-virgin olive oil
110g raw (demerara) sugar
150g plain (all-purpose) flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
30g raw cacao powder or drinking chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
pinch salt flakes

Method

  1. Put the beetroot in a saucepan and cover with cold water, then bring to the boil and cook for about 35 minutes, or until the beetroot is easily pierced with the point of a sharp knife. Remove from the water and leave to cool for 10 minutes before using a paper towel to rub off the skin (it’s easier to do this while the beetroot is still slightly warm). Transfer to a food processor and blitz to a chunky paste.

    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a regular muffin tin with muffin cases.

    Beat the eggs, olive oil and sugar together in an electric mixer for 2–3 minutes, until thick and creamy. Fold in the beetroot purée then gradually mix in the flour, baking powder, cacao powder, vanilla paste and salt.

    Spoon the batter into the muffin cases about 2 cm from the top and bake for 25–30 minutes, or until the muffins are firm to the touch. Set aside on a wire rack to cool, storing any that aren’t eaten straight away in an airtight container in the fridge where they will keep for up to 2–3 days.

TIP

  • I usually cook the beetroot the night before so it’s ready to use in the morning to bake, transferring the purée to an airtight container and storing it in the fridge until needed.
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