Pink bread.

Need I say more?

My sister’s to blame for this. Apparently she bought beetroot (aka beet) to make soup with potatoes but she used up her potatoes for something else and then didn’t have time to shop for more potatoes….. yada yada….

Long story short, she had beetroot in her fridge and didn’t know what to do with it. So she pureed it, made bread out of it, told me about it and that piqued my interest.

 Pink bread! Freshly baked soft and lightly chewy with a hint of earthy beetroot flavor.

“Was the bread red? I want my bread red”

“No, it’s reddish on the outside but brown on the inside.”

Sure enough, the bread turned out pinkish brown on the inside and pinkish maroon-ish on the outside.

 Pink bread! Freshly baked soft and lightly chewy with a hint of earthy beetroot flavor.

Mr. V’s reaction when he saw the bread sitting on the counter:

“What the …. ?”

He doesn’t curse often. Pink bread makes him do so.

“What is that?”

He actually couldn’t recognize that it was bread. (That was before I sliced ’em).

 Pink bread! Freshly baked soft and lightly chewy with a hint of earthy beetroot flavor.

Regardless of the not the exact color I wanted on the bread or the foul language thrown as it, it was nevertheless amazing to have freshly baked soft and lightly chewy with a hint of earthy beetroot flavor pink bread.

Yes, the beetroot flavor’s there but subtle. You’ll barely taste them in toasts or sandwiches. But if you absolutely detest beetroot, then it gives you reason to spread more peanut butter on it. MORE!

 Pink bread! Freshly baked soft and lightly chewy with a hint of earthy beetroot flavor.

PS: Since I’m a pink freak, I’ll try cooking the beetroot first to seal the color before blending the next time I bake this. I’ll also try replacing the water with more beetroot. We’ll see if that will give more pink.

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Beetroot Bread                         Makes 2 (8″ X 4″) loaves of bread

what you need:

25.5 oz bread flour (6 cups scoop and sweep)
1 tbs salt
8 oz (1 cup) warm water
1 tbs sugar
4 tsp active dry yeast
14 oz (3 small) raw beetroot, peeled
3 oz (3/8 cup) warm water
3 tbs melted butter (or oil for vegan), plus more for greasing bowl, pans and brushing bread

directions:

1 . Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk all but 1 cup (4.25oz) of flour with salt. (Because the dough is going to be sticky, we’re setting aside some flour for kneading later.

2. Activate Yeast: Combine 8 oz water and sugar. Add in the yeast and let proof for 10 minutes.

3. Puree Beetroot: Add the beetroot and 3 oz water into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

4. Make the dough: Using a wooden spoon, combine the yeast mixture, beetroot puree and melted butter with the flour mixture until it roughly comes together. Using the 1 cup of flour that we’ve left aside, sprinkle the work area generously with flour. Turn the dough onto the floured surface.

If using a stand mixer, combine the ingredients using the paddle attachment. Using the dough hook, knead the dough for 8 minutes until smooth and elastic. It will still be sticky.

5. Knead the dough: Lightly flour the dough and knead the dough for 10 minutes. The dough will be sticky so you will need to continuously lightly flour the dough and work area throughout kneading time. Try not to use more than 1 cup of flour for dusting. Even better if you can use less. The dough should still be slightly sticky at the end of kneading time.

6. First Rise: Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with a sling wrap and place the bowl in a warm, draft free area. Let rise until double in size – about 1 1/2-2 hours.

7. Second Rise: Gently punch out the air bubbles. Split the dough equally into two and flatten each with your hands or rolling pin. Roll up each dough and shape it into a log. Pinch the ends to seal and place them seam side down in two greased 8″ X 4″ loaf pans. Cover the pans loosely and let the dough rise (warm place) until double in size – another 1 – 1 1/2 hours. The dough should crown over the rim of the pans by 1 – 1 1/2″.

8. Bake the bread: 15 minutes before the rising time ends, preheat the oven to 350 F. Brush on melted butter on the loaves and bake for 30 minutes.

9. Cool the bread: Remove the loaves immediately from the pans. If you want, brush the crust again with butter to give it a beautiful shine. Set the loaves on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. Bread can be left at room temperature for a couple of days or stored in the freezer.

10 Responses

  1. Lisa

    I’ve used beetroot in baking before and I adore it. Your bread looks lovely. I’m going to keep your recipe in mind to make.

  2. grace

    beautiful! while i love the color that beets provide to dishes, i hate working with them–they stain EVERYTHING! 🙂

    • AiPing
      Ai Ping

      Thanks Grace. You should have seen my brain prep before blending the beets. I wasn’t sure if they would stain the container. Blend, remove, rinse. Blend, remove, rinse. Kay, get set, Go! They do stain cutting boards but I have luck removing it with vinegar or baking soda. Whew!

  3. Lucy

    I love this idea! The bread looks so gorgeous and healthy. I’m imagining it slathered with goat cheese. Yum!

    • AiPing
      Ai Ping

      Thank you Lucy. My sister uses half whole wheat flour and adds seeds to her bread which makes it heartier and healthier. 🙂

    • AiPing
      Ai Ping

      I love the color too. That’s actually the main reason I made this bread. :p Gulp, I get nervous when people say ‘kids’. Here’s a friendly warning. There’s going to be some beetroot flavor. If you’re 100% sure they’re not going to love that taste, then they’re probably not going to love this bread. Although taste buds do evolve so there’s always that glimmer of hope when letting kids try different food. Good luck!

  4. Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers

    Wow! This bread looks so fun! I will have to try it and see if it results in expletives from my hubby. He’s weirded out by some of the strange foods I come up with. (And then eats them happily because unique foods are delicious.) Are beetroots the same as beets? You’re just referring to the bulb part instead of the bulb and greens right? (I haven’t seen them in many recipes, though I make a mean roasted beet salad.)

    • AiPing
      Ai Ping

      This bread is kinda strangely fun… even the kneading part… and of course seeing the spouse’s reaction to the bread. So yeah, I’d deem this fun. And yes, beetroots are beets. I haven’t had them in salads. Only smoothies and juices. I know a friend who makes beet soup. Perhaps I’ll try all these some day.