Sunday, September 27, 2009

Beet Bread, the quick kind

Beets are awesome: shredded raw or roasted and warm, I rarely have them around for long enough to do anything with them other than just eating them straight up.  Luckily, I've been busy and not cooking much, so when i got to them this week, my beets were tired, shriveled, and soft. So I decided I would bake with them!

Here's my thought process: zucchini bread is delicious. So why wouldn't beet bread be equally delicious?

I scoured the interweb for some beet quickbread recipes, but to my surprise, could not find any.  So I took a zucchini bread recipe from epicurious and ran with it. I still can't get over how beautifully color-saturated the batter was, and how all that color dissipated after being cooked. But nonetheless, the bread was delicious! (pictured above with a basic cream cheese-lemon spread, the slightest bit sweetened).

Adapted from's Sweet Potato and Zucchini Bread:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cups sugar (1.5 would have been better)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups grated beets (raw) 
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix together all the dry ingredients (flour through salt) in medium bowl; mix together all the wet ingredients (sugar through vanilla) in a large bowl, then add the beets, then the dry ingredients and then the walnuts.
I cooked them in mini loaves, so it only took 40 minutes. If you're making a big loaf, count up to 80 minutes of bake time (or until a toothpick comes out clean).

As noted in the recipe, next time I'll use a bit more sugar (I cut the amount in 1/2 from the recipe I was following) and I think I might try using zucchini along with the beets because i think it would be pretty... And i have to play around with the spices a bit more... any recommendations are welcome!


  1. Oh so many questions come to mind, but first I want to say that bread looks gorgeous. Now, to the questions: One, what kind of pan is that? Two, when you work with beats, how do you avoid them staining everything? Three, how do you like to roast them?

  2. For my long overdue response:

    1) It's a mini loaf pan! It's great for baked goods distribution to friends...

    2) The quick answer- use the grating feature on a cuisinart. Now, I don't have a cuisinart, so I try to just grate directly into the bowl or something- and then wash my hands thoroughly

    3) Just as with carrot cake, the beets are added to the batter raw!

  3. Thanks; looks good. I'm gonna bake a batch tomorrow. I was surprised too that not much came up searching for beet quick bread. By the way, the beets lose their bright red color when they interact with baking soda and/or powder. To keep the brightness, I guess you'd have to do a yeasted bread.

  4. This recipe in the NY Times for Beet Cupcakes might be worth looking at: