This incredibly moist and chocolaty loaf is a must try this Christmas.
Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Brush a 25cm × 7.5cm × 7.5cm loaf pan with butter or oil to grease. Line with baking paper.
Roast the beetroot in the oven 180°C/160°C until tender, peel and puree to make 250g. Set aside.
Place ground almonds and baking powder in a large bowl and mix to combine.
Use an electric beater to beat eggs, xylitol and salt in a clean bowl on high speed until pale and creamy. Gradually add the olive oil and beat on medium speed until combined.
Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, place the chocolate in a bowl large enough to cover the saucepan and set aside.
Once water is boiling, remove from the heat and place bowl with chocolate on top, stirring gently to melt. Set aside to cool slightly.
Stir egg mixture into the almond mixture. Mix in the melted chocolate and beetroot puree.
Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 25–30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Lower oven temperature to 120°C/100°C fan-forced. Very carefully, thinly slice the beetroot using a mandoline. Place beetroot slices on a silicon mat or baking paper in a single layer and bake for 30 minutes, or until crisp.
Cashew Frosting :
Blend all the ingredients until smooth and spread over the cooled Chocolate and Beetroot Cake.Garnish with beetroot chips and pistachios.
Recipe from Sugar Free Baking. To find incstore call 1300 768 783 or visit www.sweetlife.com.au for further information.
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