Just before Christmas I heard of a newly started, small artisan chocolatier in
called Edward&Irwyn. It was
small, and to the outside world it was not much more than a blog. On the last
evening I spent with my boyfriend before we both left for our respective family
Christmases, he gave me some of the E&I chocolates. One of the two flavours
was beetroot, orange and milk chocolate. It was, quite simply, divine. Edinburgh
With J’s return to work after maternity leave (not an easy return due to nursery bugs galore, I must add), and the delicious E&I chocolate in mind, I decided to try to bake something like the muffins I had made before, but denser and moister. If you’ve read other posts of mine recently you might also recall an obsession with a certain recipe by Dan Lepard, so using oil rather than butter was an easy choice. I didn’t have to experiment more than once to find the right mixture.
|Beetroot, orange, chocolate. Photo: Helene Frossling|
Chocolate beetroot orange muffins
80 g caster sugar
80 g golden syrup
120 ml vegetable oil
250 g cooked beetroot
zest from one-two oranges
120 g plain flour
60 g cocoa powder (not sweetened!)
1 tsp baking powder
Start by switching on the oven to 180 C, and getting out a 12-hole muffin-tray, and line with cupcake cases. I find metal muffins trays far easier than silicone ones, but we all have different preferences.
Finely grate the cooked beetroot and zest the oranges. In a small bowl mix the plain flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
In a larger bowl and using a hand-helg electric whisk, mix eggs, sugar and golden syrup until light and a bit fluffy. Mix in the vegetable oil. At this point switch from the electric mixer to a spatula; the rest you want to do with a bit more finesse. Gently fold in the beetroot and orange zest. Once mixed well, fold in the flour mix. Divide between the cupcake cases. The mix will only rise a little bit when baking.
Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool before eating, and eat within a couple of days if you want them at their freshest. I have no idea how long they stay ok, but I think most people wouldn’t find out as the muffins would be long eaten before they go stale. If you want to frost them to make them more like cupcakes I recommend the Hummingbird Bakery Cream Cheese Frosting. If you donb't have their books, Ocado has the recipe.