Baked beetroot and orange

Serves 10
1.5kg medium sized beetroots
Few sprigs fresh thyme
4 tbsp. rapeseed oil
3 oranges
1tsp balsamic vinegar
50ml vegetable or turkey stock
Salt and freshly ground black pepper






Peel the beetroot and cut into thick wedges. Place in a roasting tin with the thyme and oil and toss to coat in the oil. Cover with foil and roast in a pre-heated oven at 180C/gas mark 4 for 30 min until the beetroots are tender. Meanwhile, peel and segment the oranges, saving any juice. Place the roasting tin on the hob over a medium heat and stir in the balsamic vinegar and stock and any juice from the oranges. Bring to the boil and stir until the liquid has reduced to a syrupy consistency. Add the orange segments. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Other recipes for a traditional festive feast include:

• Three-bird roast
• Nutty roast potatoes

• Lemon glazed carrots and shallots


Beetroot bread

Makes 1 loaf
400g beetroot
500g strong flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp sugar
7g yeast
1 tbsp olive oil


Trim and grate the beetroot and set aside in a large bowl. In a separate large bowl, place the flour, salt and sugar. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the yeast. Pour in 300ml warm water and the oil. Mix together in a figure of eight motion. When it comes together, roughly knead for 10 mins. Knead the beetroot into the dough then cover with oiled cling film and a damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to prove for 1 hr.
Knock the air out of the dough by punching into it. With dusted hands, separate the dough into two. Twist each section around the other and pinch the ends to make a loaf. Place on a greased and dusted baking tray, then leave to prove in a warm place, covered with a clean damp cloth.
Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. After30 mins remove the cloth covering the bread dough. Transfer the tray to the oven and bake for 20-25 mins until golden. Allow to cool and serve.

Other beetroot recipes:

• Beetroot pickle
• Mini orange-glazed beets
• Beetroot corned beef hash
• Beetroot and goat’s cheese dip
• Raw beetroot salad
• Beetroot and apple smoothie