ABC Muffins

Apple Beet and Chocolate.
Sounds Sacrilegious right?
Chocolate Yes.  And Apple? And BEETROOT?  Blech!

I had been thinking about baking with beets and suddenly I was bombarded with recipes - David Lebovitz, Fine Cooking..  I make beets poriyal every week and stuff it down my kids throat forcibly.  Despite gasps of horror, I finally decided to plunge into baking sweet muffins with it.
And it worked!  Surprisingly.  Shockingly.  It worked. 

Gau Feasted on it and we finished the entire batch of 24 Muffins in 1 Day!
We shared just 3 with our neighbours.  Gau, S, I and Ash finished the remaining 21.  In exponential order :)

I decided to get fancy and beat my beat my whites to soft peaks and yolks until lemony instead of simply folding the eggs with a beater.  It helped my muffins rise beautifully despite the lower levels of flour to fruit/veggie ratio,

1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
1 cup pottukadalai (popped chana daal)
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking powder

2/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla essence

1 apple
1 sweet lime
3 medium beets roasted until tender and peeled.

75g dark chocolate chopped
1/2 cup chopped almonds

Zest the sweet lime
Chop the zest fairly finely
Grind the zest and pottukadalai to a fine powder
Mix the wheat flour, pottukadalai, cocoa and baking powder in a bowl

In another bowl, squeeze out the sweet lime juice.
Grate the apple into the juice.
Grate the beets into the apple.

Separate the egg yolk and white.
Beat egg yolk and sugar until light yellow.
Add the oil and beat.

Add the flour mix to the yolk mix and until mixed

In a clean bowl, beat the whites until soft peaks form
Fold the whites into the egg+sugar+ flour mix.

Finally fold in the grated apples, beet, nuts and chopped chocolate.
Scary Batter!  Halloween Special?

Pour into greased muffin tin

Bake at 175 deg for 20 - 25 min
Beautiful Muffins

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