Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Think Pink! Real Bread:

Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

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Real bread……that most elemental of all foods, the smell is homely, comforting, enticing, warm and yeasty……it’s the staff of life, the essential vehicle for beans, cheese, ham as well as being the ideal accompaniment to soups, stews and casseroles. How is “real bread” defined? The Real Bread Campaign says….”What is Real Bread? Real Bread is nothing fancy and has nothing to hide. And by bread, we mean crusty baps, sourdough, bagels, bialys, injera, khobez, cottage loaves, baguettes, chleb, naan, chapattis, roti, hard dough, stottie cakes, lavash, ruisleipä, ciabatta, bara brith, Staffordshire oatcakes, bannocks, tortillas, paratha, porotta, pitta, pida …the list goes on”….I am quite partial to all of the above as it happens, as well as cobs, farmhouse loaves, split tins, bloomers, muffins etc…..

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

I LOVE making bread – it’s a cathartic procedure, it soothes my soul and I never see it as a chore. I have many bread recipes on my blog, of which the most popular is my mum’s Scottish Morning Rolls – Bapsthey are easy to make and also freeze beautifully, so there is never any need to buy “plastic” sliced bread as you can always have a dozen or more of home-made baps in the freezer – ready for sandwiches, toast or to mop up meaty stew juices or dunk in soups.

Baps ~ Scottish Morning Rolls

Baps ~ Scottish Morning Rolls

Much though I love my mum’s home-made bread rolls, I also love experimenting with bread recipes, and I am rather partial to adding vegetables  as well as various nuts. The recipe today is a favourite with all my friends and family; delicious beetroot and walnuts are added to dough with olive oil for a delightful pink coloured bread roll with a nutty texture – perfect for all manner of delightful eating projects, such as sandwiches, stuff on toast, dunking, mopping, with milk etc……this Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls recipe is easy to make and is perfect when all that is needed is pink bread!

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Make a batch or two of these bread rolls this New Year, their cheery colour will brighten anyone’s post-festive blues, and if you are back at work, they will make an ideal lunch box sandwich base. Optional additions can be considered, such as garlic or even a hint of sage or winter savory – I have also added chopped spring onions to these bread rolls before, it’s up to you, but I do like the simplicity of earthy beetroot with walnuts, served with a chunk of vintage Farmhouse Cheddar cheese and a dollop of pear and apple chutney maybe…..

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

I hope you all enjoy this recipe – I usually post a fish recipe on Friday, but as I am travelling down to see my sister in Dorset, I won’t be cooking any today, but DO look out for a new fish recipe next week. The recipe, which can be printed, is below, do let me know if you make these and how you served them. Have a wonderful first New Year weekend, and see you soon, Karen. 

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls

Serves 12 bread rolls
Prep time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 55 minutes
Allergy Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party, Formal Party
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
Pretty pink bread rolls made with fresh beetroot and walnuts; these make ideal partners to soup, stews, casseroles or for sandwiches. They freeze beautifully and are wonderful when toasted.

Ingredients

  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 5g dried yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 250ml warm water
  • 150g plain cooked (vacuum packed) beetroot, drained and roughly chopped
  • 50g walnuts, chopped roughly

Note

Pretty pink bread rolls made with fresh beetroot and walnuts; these make ideal partners to soup, stews, casseroles or for sandwiches. They freeze beautifully and are wonderful when toasted.

Directions

Step 1 Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas Mark 7
In a food mixer or large bowl tip the flour, make a well in the centre and add the dried yeast, salt, sugar and olive oil.
Step 2 Pour in the water and the chopped beetroot and knead with a dough hook for 5 to 7 minutes or by hand for 10 minutes. Put the dough in a large bowl and cover with an oiled plastic bag, or shower cap, and allow to rise for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
Step 3 Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and knead lightly for a minute or two. Sprinkle the walnuts over the surface of the dough and then knead the walnuts into the dough. Cut the dough into 12 pieces, and shape them into small, round bread rolls.
Step 4 Transfer the bread rolls to a baking sheet, cover them with the oiled bag (or shower cap) and allow them to rise for about 20 to 30 minutes.
Step 5 Once the bread rolls have finished their 2nd rise, bake them in a hot oven for about 20 to 25 minutes. The bread rolls are done when they sound slightly hollow when tapped on the base. Serve them whilst still warm with plenty of butter, or set to one side on a rack to cool and eat later. (Suitable for freezing)

As the theme for Twelve Loaves this month is a Clean Slate, I am entering this into the challenge; the clean slate being the healthy addition of beetroot, a natural antioxidant! This month’s Twelve Loaves is being hosted by Cake Duchess. 

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As these rolls also contain yeast, I am submitting them to YeastSpotting too.

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

Think Pink! Real Bread: Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls Recipe

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Comments

  1. says

    I love beetroot bread. I made a beetroot and spring onion loaf last year, I think it was one of the first fancy loaves I blogged and I really need to make it again. I just love the colour that beetroots give to food.

  2. says

    These sound delicious and the kids would love the colour. I’ve never had much luck with making my own bread. I might just set myself a challenge for 2013 – to master the art of breadmaking.

  3. Rainie Bish says

    I love homemade bread but I must admit I’m not a fan of beetroot but I will be giving these a try. Perhaps I will like it in bread

  4. says

    One day I will be brave enough for bread making! these look extraordinarly good – and those Scottish morning baps – Ohhhhhh!!
    Mary x

  5. Karen Whittaker says

    These sound great and I have loads of beetroot from the garden that I was running out of ideas on how to use. Definitely trying these later.

  6. says

    I am with you on this Karen, have missed making bread since being away. I adore beetroot and walnuts, a perfect combination to add to home made bread rolls. Happy New Year wishes to you and I hope you have enjoyed catching up with your family xx

  7. Caroline S says

    I am a bit of a carb addict and I can never get enough bread so I’ve been trying to cut down a bit AND start eating proper bread instead of the supermarket stuff that is packed full of preservatives.
    I’ve been making really basic recipes by hand but think I may invest in a breadmaker this year. These look fantastic – plus beetroot is so incredibly good for you, you can get a dose of antioxidants as well as eating omething yummy. I’ve baked cakes and brwonies using beetroot before but would never, ever have thought of using it in bread. Thanks!

  8. Ali Thorpe says

    This hyear I’m moving into baking breads more often. I’m still very much a bread novice but I see a few recipes including vegetables so I’m keen to give it a go. I must admit, the idea of walnuts in the rolls, with a wedge of good cheddar on the side, is fabulous!

  9. says

    what a striking loaf of bread! It would have never occurred to me to bake with beetroot but now that I have your recipe to turn to I will add it to my list of things to try this year. Hope to see you at Twelve Loaves next month too!

  10. Fiona Matters says

    This sounds like a great idea. Would probably alarm people to have pink rolls! I adore beetroot – although the first time I ate a lot and went to the loo I was really concerned!

  11. Louise Hutchings says

    My friend gave me lots of lovely fresh beetroot from her garden and I’ve been a bit stuck for something to do with it other than pickling and roasting. Fab I am definitely trying this recipe. Thanks

  12. Fiona Matters says

    I just love this idea! Beetroot is so tasty and makes things pink too. Would be great for valentine’s day…
    Also shared by tweet.

  13. says

    Haha, there was me thinking I wouldn’t be able to find one of your tea time posts I hadn’t already commented on, but I forget what a prolific poster you are. Love the idea of adding beetroot and the walnuts in bread I’m already sold on.

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