white chocolate coloured & flavoured with dried beetroot (beet) powder
Using beetroot powder is great way to naturally colour your icings, frostings and is one of my favourite flavourings for white chocolate. White chocolate flavoured with beetroot has a sweet flavour, slight berry notes and a touch of tingly acidity. The pretty natural speckled colour will add another dimension to your chocolate curls, twirls and shapes.
Using beetroot powder in white chocolate;
stir in 1 teaspoon of sifted beetroot powder for every 100g (3.5oz) of tempered white chocolate.
Alas, beetroot powder doesn't work for colouring your cakes and cookies. The powder is highly susceptible to changes in pH levels, when exposed to pH levels above 7 the colour quickly fades to tan/yellowish brown.
Before; the gorgeously coloured beetroot butter cookie batter
After; the combined oven temperature and raising agent (baking powder) fade the colour dramatically
Soooo, even though you won't be whipping a red velvet cake with your beetroot powder; you can produce deliciously different chocolate, fabulous frostings and fun confectionaries like coconut ice without having to reach for that bottle of red food colouring.
Beetroot powder is available is health food stores, selected grocery stores and chef supply stores.
Happy Baking :)
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