Beetroot & Cardamom muffin

 beetroot and cardamom muffin

Cardamom is an underused spice in my repertoire. Since I discovered it as a flavour I’ve been incorporating it into many recipes in ground form. But that can be fiddly so when I spotted cardamom essence in my local deli I knew I’d found an easier way to explore. When asked about my plan¬† for it I couldn’t give a definitive answer because of the many ideas running through my head. So be warned it’s bound to appear again and then who knows which flavour essence will be next.

Beetroot is considered a safe food when eating the eczema diet. Although my initial enthusiasm for the diet has worn off as being too immediately restrictive to my circumstances, I am attempting to eat and learn more about the safe ingredients. I’m thinking baby steps.

Personally I really enjoyed the great big chunks of beetroot in these muffins but I think I was alone. Grating would perhaps hide the vegetable better for its lesser fans. The red contrasts beautifully against the stark white of the cardamom flavoured icing which gives an extra warmth to the already earthy beetroot.

beetroot chunk

Beetroot muffins with cardamom drizzle

  • 3 beetroot bulbs, peeled and chopped or grated
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 60ml hot water
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml rice milk
  • 60ml rice bran oil
  • 225g (1 1/2 cups) spelt flour, sifted
  • Icing sugar
  • cardamom essence

Chop the beetroot into chunks (or grate). Add the hot water to the cocoa powder to make a smooth paste. Beat in the sugar and eggs. Then add in the beetroot.

Mix together the milk and oil in a jug and then alternate adding half the flour and then half the oil/milk to the beetroot mixture.

Divide into prepared muffin tins and bake for 25 mins at 200C. Leave to cool in the tray for 5 mins before turning out onto a wire rack.

Prepare the icing by mixing together a little icing sugar with a drop of essence and making up to quite a runny paste with water. Drizzle the icing on however you like.