Recently there have been some postings about wine bread with some interesting colours coming from the inclusion of red wine. And who could forget Shiao-Pings Praline Almond bread.
Well i decided to have a go with the inclusion of Beetroot on 2 counts first it makes an excellent BEETROOT & CHOCOLATE pudding which is a lovely and moist. The 2nd being the vivid colour.
The duty chef was keen to give the idea a run so we produced dinner rolls for the evening restaurant crowd
The dinner rolls are pictured above and show a vivid outside colour but the inside was an orange tint which interested me some what.
I decided to make a Beetroot sour dough, i have been maintaining a sour dough culture here at the college for over 6 months now so it was a good reason to try it at home as i had beetroots left over.
The total flour was 500g, 400 being white and 100 wholemeal (ran out of white)
over night ferment featured 250g of the flour 100g of grated beetroot and and all the water 250ml and 50g of the sour dough starter , i kept this low as i wanted it to take the night to ferment.
I started it at 5.00pm see the pretty mix in the bowl, 12 hours later 5.00am i made up my dough adding the other 250g flour and 10g salt and 50g of oil and made a dough on the bench by hand.
The dough came to work and bulk fermented till about 9.30am when i added 100g of pistacchios and divided and handed up into 2 boules .
1 of my colleagues took a pic with his mobile phone (hence poor quality) but what a lovelly colour!
After a further 3 hours i turned the boules out onto a sheet and baked in the deck oven. The crust colour had changed somewhat and lo an behold when i cut into the loaf, some one had pinched the colour or changed it just like a CHAMELEON.
My taste team all had some with only one person describing the sour as too much for their liking but i already knew that would be their viewpoint. but for me superb taste.
I would have like to have tried some as toast but alas with a large taste team it didn't see the next day. i wll be trying a larger batch soon.