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I make these for my faddy boys to put in their lunchboxes because they have a secret ingredient - beetroot - which is good for them but which they won't eat otherwise. They don't know it's in the muffins :wink: .


Magic Muffins


10oz plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 egg

4-5 oz soft brown sugar

2 fl oz milk or water

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cooked beetroots - grated

1 eating apple - skinned, cored and grated

3 fl oz sunflower oil

3 oz raisins or chocolate chips


1. Prepare muffin tins by lining with paper cases or grease well. Preheat oven to 190-200C

2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, bicarb, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, beat egg with a fork. Add brown sugar, milk/water, vanilla, grated apple, beetroot, raisins/chocolate chips and oil. Mix well.

4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ones and stir until just combined. It will look really lumpy but don't worry - that's how it should look. So long as no dry flour is visible, it's fine.

5. Spoon into tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until tops spring back when pressed gently. Cool on wire rack.

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I made these at the weekend - next time I will leave out the cinnamon, it completely spoils the chocolaty taste.


My daughter hates beetroot - but didn't guess it was in the cakes, she just commented on the overpowering cinnamon taste.


The cakes themselves rose lovely and had a good springy texture.

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i watched the "breaking into tesco" program last night and simon rimmer made some chocolate muffins using beetroot!!!! i said to paul that i was sure kate had put a recipe for just the same thing on the omlet web site.



SIMON RIMMER where are you hiding????????????????

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