Folks, it’s cold outside. I know this happens every year, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I have already added ‘time machine’ to my Christmas list this year. Upon its arrival, I will just press ‘fast forward’ till spring. (Okay, maybe I’ll make a quick stop at New Year’s on my way to spring and eat some Hoppin’ John Soup.)
Don’t tell me that isn’t possible. It’s going to happen.
Until my fancy time machine arrives, I’m going to make the best of this season by baking delicious Pierniczki świąteczne Christmas cookies, listing to Christmas music on my Spotify playlists (it’s never too early for Christmas music), and admiring the Christmas tree ornaments that have decorated my windows since October.
What can I say? I looove Christmas… even in November. And you’re going to looove this Beetroot relish just as much – esp when you can add it to some fun Orange-Cranberry Shortbread Cookies with Jam (instead of the cranberry jam). Yes please for anything that helps bring that extra yum factor to Christmas baking.
Don’t you agree??
How to Make Beetroot Relish
Making beetroot relish is super easy. And it is only made with 8 ingredients, most of which you already have in your pantry.
You need warming spices of ground ginger and cardamom, a dash of vanilla, sugar, orange juice and lemon juice, apples and of course grated beetroot. I really suggest you use grated beetroot for this as there is something about the texture that works really, really well.
Basically, you mix everything together and dump it in a pot.
If you want to make this on the cooker, then add the relish mixture into a pot, and cook slowly for 60-90 mins stirring frequently till done to your taste.
If you want this Beetroot Relish to be a little sharper then feel free to add a little less sugar and a little bit more lemon. It is all good.
Do check out the video on how easy it is to make Beetroot Relish in the video further below.
To be honest, whilst I call this a beetroot relish, it actually doubles up as a Beetroot Jam also. Feel free to add more warming jam type spices to this recipe instead and eat it slathered on bread, heaped on granola or yoghurt and straight out of the bottle with a teaspoon, just because.
It is THAT good. Have I convinced you yet?
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Beetroot Relish Recipe
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- 150 ml orange juice
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 0.5 tsp ground ginger
- 0.5 tsp ground cardamom
- 550 g sugar
- 600 g grated beetroot
- 1 apple peeled and finely diced
- 550 g sugar
- Mix together orange juice, lemon juice, vanilla, ginger and ground cardamom.
- Mix in the sugar followed by the grated beetroot and apple
- Add the beetroot relish mixture into a pot and cover.
- After 20 min, open the lid and let the relish cook till finished mixing regularly.