Baking with Beets

Hopefully, after reading all of this month’s posts about beets, you’ve discovered, or rediscovered, your love for these roots.  Have they made their way onto your dinner plate yet? Once there, you cannot ignore the pink that bleeds from the heart of the beet. It is a truly special property that has so much potential in the kitchen, especially when it comes to desserts. Beets can be used in baking to give a natural sweetness that enhances desserts, especially those featuring chocolate.

To add beets to your next chocolate cake or brownie recipe, simply steam peeled beets and add 1 cup of shredded beetroot into your recipe, making sure to squeeze out as much liquid as you can. You will notice a unique and lovely deep rich color as a result. Beets can be used as described above, to make red velvet cake without using red food coloring, which should be avoided at all costs! In my experiments using beets in baked goods, I have found that as long as you are not adding a lot of liquid into your recipe that the shredded beets do not alter the texture. They add moistness, sweetness, and color!

As Easter is fast approaching, don’t forget to try your hand at dying Easter eggs with beets. Juice enough beets to get 2 cups of beet juice, add 2T white vinegar and your hard boiled eggs. Let them sit in the liquid longer than you would with store bought Easter egg dyes. You will find that it takes a lot of beets to get 2 cups of juice, if you want to use water to dilute it, feel free, and just remember that the intensity of the color will lessen as well.

After you juice your beets for dying Easter eggs, take ½ cup of the pulp out of the juicer and SQUEEZE all of the liquid out. A potato ricer works well for this task. Then, microwave the pulp on low for 40- 50 minutes or until it is super dried out. When dry, grind the pulp in your spice grinder until you have a fine powder. This beet powder can be used to color frostings, desserts, or as a super pretty garnish. If you are a pink-a-holic like me, this will become your all time favorite food garnish! As you have learned this month, beets are delicious and versatile, and very beautiful. They have inspired recipes and even great books!  They are one of my favorite foods and hopefully you have learned to love them more than a little as well! Thank you for reading, be well and enjoy!

Michelle, Deli Manager