Based on a traditional seed cake, this is quick to make and is a sweet way to use up leftover roots*, especially beetroot, which gives it a cheery colour
BEETROOT AND CARAWAY SEED LOAF CAKE
100g cooked beetroot**
2–4 tbsp milk
50g ground almonds
11⁄2 tsp caraway seeds
150g butter, softened, plus extra to grease the tin
150g caster sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten 150g self raising flour, sifted
2 tbsp pearl or demerara sugar, to finish
1 Preheat the oven to 160C/Fan 140C/310F. Lightly grease a 1.5-litre loaf tin and line with baking parchment, then butter the parchment.
2 In a bowl, mash the beetroot with some of the milk until smooth. You can do this in a food processor or with a stick blender
if you like. Mix in the ground almonds and caraway seeds.
3 Using a hand-held electric whisk or mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition.
4 Gently fold in the flour, followed by the beetroot mixture, until just combined.
5 Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and gently smooth the surface. Sprinkle the pearl or demerara sugar over the top and bake for 55–60 mins, until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
6 Leave in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. This cake keeps well; if anything, it’s better after a couple of days stored in an airtight tin.
Recipe from Love Your Leftovers by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Photography by Simon Wheeler (Bloomsbury).
* You can replace the beetroot with roast carrots or parsnips. You can use mashed or puréed veg too.
** These can be roasted (or boiled) with salt and pepper, even with some bay and/or thyme, but don’t use any roasted with garlic.