Beetroot & Lemon Valentine Brownie by DonnaLulu Cooks

Each month Donna Thomas will share one of her secret recipes….  Lovely to make yourself, even better to ready made from Donna though!!

Beetroot in a brownie or try it with a sweet potato or just leave that part out – it works just as well. The lemon and the lemon curd give it an extra sharpness as the chocolate can be quite rich. Although it is a Valentines treat!


Beetroot & Lemon Valentine Brownie

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You will need:


175g good quality dark chocolate

150g butter

175g dark brown soft sugar

2 eggs

150g raw beetroot, peeled & grated

Zest of 1 lemon

100g self-raising flour

6 Tsp lemon curd – optional



Pre-heat the oven to 170C/fan 160C/gas mark 4. Grease a 22cm/8 inch square cake tin, line with baking parchment making sure it hangs over the edge of the tin to make it easier to remove later.  Lightly grease the parchment.


In a heatproof bowl, break up the chocolate and add the butter. Melt gently over a pan of simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water) stirring occasionally until the chocolate & butter are melted, then set aside. Alternatively you can place the bowl in the microwave on a high setting until melted. Place the sugar and eggs in a separate bowl or standalone mixing bowl and whisk until light and fluffy – this will take around 5 minutes with a mixer on a high speed. Add the chocolate mix and whisk for 30 seconds then add the beetroot & lemon zest and whisk for a further 30 seconds. Gently fold in the flour until it is just combined and pour the mixture into the prepared tin. An optional extra to make it more lemony, is to dot ½ teaspoons of lemon curd over the top of the mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes. It may crack slightly but that’s fine and the brownie should be just set. Place on a cooling rack to cool down completely. Once cool, gently pull out the brownie from the tin using opposite sides of the greaseproof paper. Cut into heart shapes or squares and enjoy with ice cream, cream or just as they are!


Recipe by Donna Thomas


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