|Beetroot chocolate cake
||[Mar. 24th, 2015|06:04 pm]
I mostly avoid the chocolate option on the menu. It's not that I don't like chocolate, it's that it is rarely chocolatey enough: if it isn't rich and dark and intense, I'll have something else, thanks. This is true of beetroot chocolate cake as well: it sounds like a great idea, harnessing those two sombre sweetnesses into one rich cake, but too often the result falls short of the potential.
Now for the good news: I may be on the right track at last! This recipe was my starting point: I halved the quantities, and tinkered with the ingredients, so that my version used:
6 oz cooked beetroot, coarsely grated It's hard to tell when it's done - when it's warm, it's still quite soft, and there's too much beetroot present for the skewer test to be reliable. These timings in my oven gave a light, fluffy cake - I'd expected something more like a brownie, but it was less moist and heavy than that. Of course, I'd been generous with the baking powder, and increased the proportion of egg (I don't deal in half eggs), which may explain it.
100g Divine dark chocolate with ginger and orange
2 - 3 oz vanilla sugar (fructose)
2 oz spelt flour + 1 tspn baking powder
1 oz cocoa powder
2 oz butter
Melt butter and chocolate, stir in beetroot. Whisk eggs and sugar, fold in butter/chocolate mix, fold in dry ingredients.
Bake in a lined loaf tin, mark 4 for 45 minutes or less.
Cooking the beetroot beforehand worked well, which was a surprise.
I had my doubts about the chocolate, too: I'd bought two bars some time ago, and we'd eaten one, and not been impressed (I found the little nuggets of orange slightly unpleasant) but I thought it would be good enough to cook with. In fact it was very good. I'm still not won over by the little nuggets of orange, some of which survived the process, but the ginger was excellent. Another time, if there's no ginger in the chocolate, it may be necessary to add some (maybe stem ginger, a little syrup and a chopped lump or so).
What is the purpose of the sugar? By the time a cake contains both beetroot and chocolate, it really doesn't need extra sweetness. The sugar makes it easier to beat the eggs to a thick cream, but does it actually add any lightness?