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Double chocolate & beetroot muffins August 15, 2010

Filed under: cake,Food,Recipes,vegetables — wearemadhatters @ 7:17 pm
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beautiful beetroot

As I’m sure would be the same for many people, I wasn’t sure how nice these would be (I’m not a massive beetroot fan) but I’ve heard good things about both chocolate and beetroot brownies and cakes so thought I’d give them a go. I can now confirm that they are very tasty and the beetroot helps keep them moist and squishy!

The recipe was adapted slightly from the ‘A wee bit of cooking’ blog, by removing the nuts (as they were made for my nut-allergic brother’s birthday I didn’t think it would be very fair to put them in!) and adding extra chocolate chunks to compensate. This version is pretty rich so make sure you approach with room in your stomach and in the mood for a chocolatey hit.

Unless you really love nuts I’d say it’s not a bad substitution as the sweetness of the extra chocolate (I used milk and dark for the chunks) keeps the muffin firmly in the ‘indulgent pudding’ category rather than edging towards a slightly savoury taste.

In fairness I have a ridiculously sweet tooth so the original recipe may be better for most people.

For the recipe and method keep reading here…

 

1 weekend – 2 baking challenges May 20, 2010

Filed under: Food — wearemadhatters @ 9:14 pm
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Beautiful!

Being someone who is more comfortable wielding a baking tray for a casserole than a cake I have decided that now is the time to start trying out the sweeter chapters of cookery books and websites. This weekend therefore I shall be attempting both white chocolate muffins alla Channel 4/Delicious online and honey and pistachio cake alla Jamie Oliver… neither of which I have made before, because I really don’t bake. Who knows if this is a good idea or not.

It seems to me that they’re different enough that I must be capable of making one of them, and they both sound delicious so if either works I’ll be happy. Depending on how they come out I will post the recipe… watch this space (and cross your fingers for me please)!

Cat