Saturday, December 13, 2014

Scarlet-Speckled Loaf Cake

The last time I tried using beetroot for baking was using the natural red pigment for making red velvet cake. The taste of fresh beetroot may not be well-liked by all because of its 'muddy' taste. I was worrying that this loaf cake which was packed with grated beetroot will be a turned off. It actually tasted nice! The zest and juice from the lemon actually helped to reduce/eliminate the 'muddy' taste :D I offered my girl half a slice just to let her have a taste, in the end she polished up the remaining half...and asking for more!

Recipe source : 'Nigella Christmas' by Nigella Lawson
  • 200gm coarsely grated red beet
  • 250gm butter, softened
  • 200gm sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • grated zest from 1 large lemon
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 220gm plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking powder

  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light & fluffy.
  2. Beat in eggs, one at a time, till well incorporated.
  3. Stir in grated beets, cranberries, lemon juice and zests.
  4. Sift in flour, nutmeg, baking powder and fold till well combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a lined loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven at 160 deg cel for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan for 15 mins before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

This post is linked to "Cook and Celebrate: Christmas 2014" organised by Cook & Celebrate Christmas 2014 hosted by Bake For Happy KidsEat Your Heart Out and Domestic Goddess Wannabe


kitchen flavours said...

Hi Peng,
This loaf is looking very Chrismas-sy! With the cranberries, and beet root, makes such a beautiful colour! Thanks for sharing with CYB!

Marjie said...

It's very pretty! I'm not a fan of beet root, but if the flavor is well disguised in this, it is worth a try!

Zoe said...

Hi Peng,

I'm seeing lots of "red" in your loaf!!! Very Christmasy!!!


DomesticGoddessWannabe said...

This looks so festive. I love red-anything!

Miss B @ Everybody Eats Well in Flanders said...

This is so interesting, and definitely very festive-looking. I have never tried beetroot in breads or cakes, really curious how it tastes like :)

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