I loathe them.
Thankfully, so does Todd! We're pretty much on the same page when it comes to our likes and dislikes with food. Except he doesn't like yellow mustard and I don't know what planet he comes from.
Beets, ESPECIALLY the pickled kind, are gross! Blood mixed in dirt. That is what I feel I may as well be eating when I taste a beet - which does not happen often.
What I do like is Red Velvet Cake. I just don't like the red food coloring in it. For a long, long time I have contemplated using a recipe for Red Velvet Cake that calls for beets as the coloring. I have been very hesitant because the thought of chocolatey tasting beets is even more gross than a regular beet; but last week I took the bull by the horns.
Since it was Valentine's Day last week, it was the perfect excuse for baking up Red Velvet Cake. I wanted to make cupcakes for Rosie to take to daycare for their little party.
I opened up the recipe for an all natural Red Velvet Cake I had pinned.
I bought beets.
This was only the second time I have ever bought them. The first time was at a farmers market because I wanted to see if I liked the greens roasted and tossed with blue cheese, a recipe I found in a magazine some time ago.
I do not.
The only redeeming thing beets have going for them is their color. It is gorgeous.
I roasted the beets per the recipe, then pureed them and mixed them up.
THIS is what happened to the batter!
It's perfectly red! I was completely thrilled!
Now, the batter did have a very slight essence of beet, but it wasn't super terrible. I wonder if I noticed it because I knew it was in there?
Interestingly, the baked cupcake had even less of a beet essence, but it was still there. In the finished cupcake, the cream cheese frosting largely masked it, but I could still taste it and I decided, after going back and forth between liking them and not liking them, that I didn't like them.
Todd tasted the frosted cupcake and said he really couldn't taste it until the end. That confirmed my decision to keep searching for a natural Red Velvet Cake recipe. Who wants the finishing taste of a bite of cake to be beet-ish?
All in all, I am impressed with the color and how magically red it was. It was perfect.
I'm sure most people may not mind the taste, but I ultimately couldn't hack it. It's not BAD. Just not to MY liking. I would recommend the cake to others who aren't as grossed out by beets as I am.