A couple of weeks ago I saw a recipe for a Beet & Walnut cake – one of those cakes that was probably baked in a loaf pan an resembled a banana or zucchini bread. Kinda. What was unique about this bread is that it contained grated beets – raw beets and when you cut into the bread you could see flecks of beet inside the bread…like a red and yellow mosaic. I was instantly drawn to the idea and I’ve finally come around to making it.
Much like a carrot cake or zucchini bread the beets are grated and mix into the batter raw – NOT boiled or cooked in any other way. There’s plenty of time for the beets to cook in the batter and did I mention the inside of the bread looks fantastic with the red beats speckles? (Yeah I did)
The most important steps to making Beet & Walnut muffins (yes they are sweet) or cake is tossing both the walnuts and grated beets in some flour. The is process is important because you’ll help your walnuts from sinking to the bottom of the loaf while baking and the beets will not bleed to the point of making your cake turn all red. Bottom line: mix your grated beets with some flour and mix into the batter just before pouring the batter into a muffin tin or loaf pan.
I opted to make muffins this time as I gave these to the hostess who had me over for a luncheon/tea this afternoon and there was no way I was going to give her a cake that was missing a slice or risk giving someone an insipid cake. Muffins it was, I tasted a couple, took some quick snaps and I have wonderful, quirky and sneaky way to have your kids eat vegetables…in cake or muffin form. Oh, beets are in season…enjoy!
Get my Beet & Walnut Muffins recipe and more in my Everything Mediterranean cookbook.
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