Saturday, 30 March 2013

Beetroot Loaf - Bread Challenge No.8

I bet, reading this posts title, you're thinking exactly what I was thinking when Vicky gave me the recipe for Beetroot loaf from 'The Fabulous Baker Brothers' book 'Glorious British Grub' - WEIRD!
But hey, weird is good, especially when you are doing a bread challenge and want to have a go at as many recipes as you can.
In the book they create the dough to make small baps to serve their mackeral burgers in but I decided to just bake it in a loaf tin.
Look how pink it was before going in the oven!

We all got really excited as we watched the loaf cook in the oven but a bit dismayed when it turned a brown colour rather than the vibrant pink it had been before baking.
The dough was wetter than most of the others I've made and I think I should have possibly kneaded a little more flour in to dry out the dough slightly. The loaf was slightly undercooked when I took it out of the tin.
Tasted very sweet though and lovely.

Want to try it for yourself?   Here's the recipe below
500g strong white flour
1 tsp salt
7g fast action dried yeast
handful chopped fresh thyme
1 tbsp honey
2 small cooked vacuum- packed beetroots, blended to a fine paste
300ml luke warm water

Place the flour,salt and yeast into a bowl. Add the beetroot,thyme, honey and water and mix to form a soft not sticky dough.
Knead for 10 minutes til soft and pliable. Place in a bowl, cover and leave in a warm place to rise.
When risen, punch down the dough, remove from the bowl and knead lightly for couple of minutes then place in an oiled loaf tin.
Leave to rise again then bake in a preheated oven 180C for about 20 minutes.
Beetroot Loaf

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