Recipe: Beetroot and Chocolate Loaf with Cashew Frosting

I am always intrigued by some of the ingredients that go into Sugar Free Baking and some of the combinations that go with chocolate.

One of the recipes in the new cookbook Sugar Free Baking by Carolyn Hartz demonstrates that perfectly, and here it is. It sounds like it could be amazing…

Beetroot and Chocolate Loaf with Cashew Frosting
Serves 10 – 12


INGREDIENTS
Butter or oil, to grease
300g whole raw beetroot (approx. 5 medium beetroots)
250g raw almonds, ground
1 tsp gluten free baking powder
2 X-large eggs
100g Perfect Sweet® xylitol
½ tsp salt
150ml mild olive oil
150g Dark Bitter Chocolate or good quality sugar free dark chocolate, chopped

BEETROOT CHIPS
1 whole raw beetroot, peeled

CASHEW FROSTING
300g raw cashews, soaked for 3 hours in enough warm water to cover, rinsed and drained
20g Perfect Sweet® xylitol
60ml water
60ml coconut oil, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Raw whole pistachios, to decorate

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METHOD
Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Brush a 25cm × 7.5cm × 7.5cm loaf pan with butter or oil to grease. Line with baking paper.

Roast the beetroot in the oven 180°C/160°C until tender, peel and puree to make 250g. Set aside.

Place ground almonds and baking powder in a large bowl and mix to combine.

Use an electric beater to beat eggs, xylitol and salt in a clean bowl on high speed until pale and creamy. Gradually add the olive oil and beat on medium speed until combined.

Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, place the chocolate in a bowl large enough to cover the saucepan and set aside.

Once water is boiling, remove from the heat and place bowl with chocolate on top, stirring gently to melt. Set aside to cool slightly.

Stir egg mixture into the almond mixture. Mix in the melted chocolate and beetroot puree.

Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 25–30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Leave to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.

BEETROOT CHIPS
Lower oven temperature to 120°C/100°C fan-forced. Very carefully, thinly slice the beetroot using a mandoline. Place beetroot slices on a silicon mat or baking paper in a single layer and bake for 30 minutes, or until crisp.

CASHEW FROSTING
Blend all the ingredients until smooth and spread over the cooled Chocolate and Beetroot Cake. Garnish with beetroot chips and pistachios.

Sugar Free Baking is $29.95 and stockists will be listed on www.sweetlife.com.au as of October 2015.

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