Beetroot is actually very sweet and keeps this rich chocolate loaf wonderfully moist
Prep:15 mins Cook:1 hrs
Nutrition per serving
1 large cooked beetroot, about 175g in weight, roughly chopped
200g plain flour
100g cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
250g golden caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
200ml sunflower oil
100g dark chocolate, (not too bitter), chopped into pieces
crème fraîche or clotted cream, to serve
Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Tip the beetroot into a food processor and blitz until chopped. Add a pinch of salt and the rest of the ingredients, except the oil and chocolate. When completely mixed (you may need to scrape the sides down once or twice), add the oil in a steady stream, as if you were making mayonnaise.
When all the oil has been added, stir in the chocolate, then tip the mix into a lined 900g loaf tin. Cook for 1 hr until an inserted skewer comes out practically clean. leave the loaf to cool on a rack. Serve in slices with the crème fraîche or clotted cream.
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