Chocolate beetroot mini cakes

Chocolate beetroot mini cakes

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From
Tiffiny's Lighten Up Cookbook
Makes
24
Photographer
Mark Roper

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g beetroot, trimmed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup self-raising flour
2 tablespoons reduced-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Topping

Quantity Ingredient
50g dark chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons cocoa nibs, (see note)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two 12-hole mini-muffin tins with patty cases.
  2. Boil the beetroot in 2 litres of water for 30–40 minutes, until tender. Turn off the heat and allow to cool in the saucepan. When cool enough to handle, remove the beetroot from the cooking water and peel (hold the beetroot in a paper towel and gently wipe away the skin with another piece of paper towel). Roughly puree in a blender.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, mix together the oil, honey and egg. Stir in the cocoa, vanilla, beetroot puree, flour, milk and balsamic vinegar. Combine well. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into each patty case and bake for 15 minutes. Test they are done with a skewer, then cool the cakes on a wire rack.
  4. Gently melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water).
  5. When the cakes have cooled, drizzle half a teaspoon of melted chocolate over each cake and top with a sprinkle of cocoa nibs.

Note

  • In case you haven’t come across them before, cocoa nibs are pieces of hulled and roasted cacao beans. They’re packed with magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper and potassium. You can find them at specialty food stores or good health food shops.
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