7 oz semisweet baking chocolate
1/4 cup cocoa
6 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar, such as Imperial Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped roasted beets*
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350. Spray with baking spray or grease and flour one 8x8 inch baking pan. In a saucepan, melt the butter, cocoa and chocolate together over low heat. Stir occasionally, and when the chocolate is nearly melted, remove from heat. Whisk until smooth. Set aside. In a small bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder. In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla paste until smooth. Slowly stream the chocolate mixture into the eggs and mix to combine. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients and mix until the batter is thick and glossy. Beat in the beets. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with one or two crumbs. Cool (in pan) on a wire rack.
*I processed them using this mini chopper. It was about 2 medium beets.
My thoughts:I was excited to be invited by Allison over at the PinterTest Kitchen for #Choctoberfest way back in August. Then it evolved into #Chocotoberfest with Imperial Sugar when Imperial Sugar said they'd send all of us Chocotoberfest bloggers a case of sugar! Yes, I am now the proud owner of 40 lbs of sugar minus what I used in these delish brownies!
I've been tooling around with the idea of beet-spiked brownies and #Choctoberfest was the excuse I needed to actually make them. Beets are in season now, so tasty, huge beets are widely available. I wondered if you could taste the beets and while I think they added some slightly earthy flavor that deepened the chocolate, what they really did was make the richest, moistest, slightly chewy brownies I've ever had. No one who tried them guessed there were beets in the mix. Plus, you can feel slightly less guilty eating them...they are full of vegetables!
Don't forget to enter the #Chocotoberfest Giveaway!