Beet bread is another idea I had a while back that I wanted to investigate. Most people have had Banana Bread, or Zucchini Bread and maybe even Pumpkin bread. So I figured why not see if Beets would work as well. In my experience, a good banana bread recipe can really substitute the Bananas for another type of puréed thing – in this case Beets.
1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter melted (1 stick)
1/2 cup beet puree
1/2 cup sour cream
So to begin with, take a medium sized roasted beet and purée it down in a food processor. You may find that you need to scrape down the sides of the bowl frequently to get it to the right consistency.
This is a “Quick Bread” type of recipe, which simply means that you throw all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix. No creaming butter and sugar together, nothing fancy. Throw everything in one bowl and mix until combined. I prefer to mix things like this by hand with a spatula.
So just as soon as I say throw it all in a bowl I realize that you need to sift together the dry ingredients first. The baking soda must be distributed evenly throughout the dry ingredients. Baking soda is not something that is very tasty – it only serves the purpose of making the bread rise. Getting a big lump of unsifted baking soda can really ruin a food experience for someone. So either sift the: flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt, or use a whisk and mix all of the dry ingredients together.
Ok now you can add the: sour cream, puréed beet, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix everything together until it is smooth and there aren’t too many lumps.
Pour right into a loaf pan that has been sprayed with non stick baking spray. Even if the pay itself is non-stick still use the spray. Just to be sure. Bake at 350 degrees. My loaf took 1 hour and 10 minutes to cook completely.
Remove from the oven and after a few minutes – take the bread out of the loaf pan and let finish cooling on a wire rack.
I was a bit surprised to slice into this bread and find that all the red had baked out and had instead turned into a lovely golden color.
One really nice way to enjoy this bread is to brown it on a griddle with a little bit of butter. Delish.