This morning Bryan said to me what is the big attraction with beetroot these past few days. 'It's in season so I'm making the most of it' I replied. Mostly we eat the base roasted and served as a salad with feta cheese. I have even used the beet tops as a vegetable. Saute them as if it was spinach and add them to a couscous salad.
But I have to say this beetroot cake is by far my favourite way of eating beetroot. The recipe is from Tina Richardson and was originally published on the website www.riverford.co.uk . It no longer exists on the site.
I was a little concerned about the extra baking powder combined with self raising flour. However the cake is quite dense and needs the extra raising agent.
250 gr (8 oz) self raising flour,sieved
2 teaspoons baking powder
150 gr (5 oz) soft brown sugar
100 gr (3 1/2 oz) sultanas
200 gr (7oz) beetroot, peeled and grated (2 -3 medium size beetroots)
150 gr (1/4 pint) vegetable or sunflower oil
2 mediun sized eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4
Grease and line an 8 inch loose based cake tin.
Mix together the flour, baking powder and soft brown sugar in a large bowl.
Add the sultanas, grated beetroot.
Beat the oil and eggs together, and then add to the bowl.
Combine with either a wooden spoon or electric mixer.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 1 - 1 1/4 hours. Insert a metal into the cake; if it comes out clean, the cake is cooked. (I'd check at about 55 minutes. I cooked mine for an hour and it was just beginning to burn)
Cool on a wire rack.
Serve with cream if you wish. Bryan does, I prefer it without.
I felt no guilt in eating this for breakfast on a couple of mornings.
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One of their first projects is to help and support Jennie from In Jennies Kitchen . Jennie recently lost her husband to a sudden heart attack. I didn't know Jennie but she was a friend of many of my American blogging friends. One of those friends, Shauna from Gluten Free Girl, is the caring blogger behind the project, a fund for Jennie. If you can donate please do. Or you may like to bid on one of the donated auction goodies.
August's art photo is my recreation of the Australian painter Margaret Olley, who passed away last week. In 1997 the Australian government declared her a National Treasure.
Olley - who preferred to be known as a painter rather than an artist - saw beauty in humble items, reflecting this in her still life works of fruit bowls and flowers . (Quote from Sydney Morning Herald)