Friday, 13 February 2009

Tyler's Beet Cakes with Sweet Greek Yogurt - Yay! More Beets!

Excellent...My man Tyler had a cake recipe that fit right in with my plan to cook my way through my giant bag of beets. It's almost like he knew..
These beet cakes were moist and delicious, much like a coffee cake or muffin. We had them for dessert last night and again for breakfast this morning - yum!
I used my own homemade yogurt and didn't bother mixing it with the honey - I just drizzled it on top.
We loved these, definitely on the to-make-again list.

Beet Cakes with Sweet Greek Yogurt - Tyler Florence, Food Network

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, to grease baking pans
3 to 4 medium beets, to make 1 1/4 cups finely chopped (I needed less than three beets - just depends on the size of the beets)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
1 cup applesauce
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Sweet Greek Yogurt, recipe follows
Beet Garnish, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease 4 individual baking dishes with butter (oven proof ramekins or cocotte dishes work well). Peel beets and cut into pieces so they can fit comfortably in a food processor. Process with blade attachment until finely chopped.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. In a separate bowl, mix molasses, applesauce, eggs, buttermilk, and sugar together. Now mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients, add a pinch of salt, and then fold in the processed beets.
Set ramekins out on a sheet tray. Divide batter amongst ramekins and bake in the oven for 20 to25 minutes until they have puffed up and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serve with Sweet Greek Yogurt and top with Beet Garnish and powdered sugar.

Is it my imagination or do these beet cakes look like eyes?... No matter where I go they follow me...

Sweet Greek Yogurt:
2 cups unsweetened Greek yogurt
1/4 cup honey
Combine yogurt and honey in a mixing bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon so they are just combined. Serve with warm beet cake.
Yield: 4 servings

Beet Garnish:
1 small beet
1/4 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 150 degrees F.
Shave the beet into thin slices using a mandoline or sharp knife. Line a roasting dish with parchment and set the beets out in a single layer on the tray. Top with powdered sugar. Cover with another sheet of parchment, carefully pressing out any air bubbles. Top with another tray to add weight and bake on a low temperature to dehydrate the beet slices without over-cooking them. Bake for 2 to 3 hours, until dry and crispy. Use as a garnish on top of the beet cakes.
Yield: 4 servings
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