Butter-1/2 cup(1 stick)
Vanilla essence-2 tsp.
All purpose flour-1/2 cup
Cocoa powder-1/4 cup+2 tblsp.
Instant coffee powder-1 tblsp.
Dark chocolate cut finely-1/2 cup(optional)
1.Preheat oven to 350 F/gasmark 4.Wash, peel and chop beetroot into cubes. Steam them till they are tender when pricked with a fork.(10mins). Puree until smooth, makes about 1 cup.
2.Whisk together sugar and butter in a bowl till smooth.
3.Add vanilla essence and then whisk in eggs one at a time until well incorporated.
4.Stir in beetroot puree and mix till well blended and whole mixture takes a beautiful dark pink shade.
5.In another bowl, mix/whisk together flour,cocoa powder and instant coffee powder.
6.Fold the flour mixture into the beetroot mixture until well combined. Stir in small pieces of dark chocolate.
1.You can replace 1/2 butter with oil i.e. use 1/4 cup butter(1/2 stick) and 1/4 cup oil.
2.Brown sugar maybe used or 1/2 of white and brown sugar.
3.4egg whites can be substituted for 2 whole eggs.
4.Walnuts can be used in place of dark choccolate. If using chocolate chips, use the small ones otherwise it will sink to the bottom and burn.