Beetroot Pudding – Recipe No. 164

I’ve noticed that there is a direct correlation between the amount of endorphins released into my brain and how bizarre a wartime recipe is that I re-create.

Todays wartime recipe, beetroot pudding, scored an impressive 8.5 on the endorphin release scale as not only was it quick, easy and colourful but tasted good too, something I wasn’t expecting from a pudding containing grated raw beetroot!

I halved the amount of ingredients as it was a good bet that I’d be the only one eating it but it still made a good sized two portions!

Not knowing what to expect from this bizzario dish, I hastily whipped up a jam sauce made out of a margarine and flour roux, some milk and a couple of heaped teaspoons of raspberry jam. We’ve all heard Mary Poppins sing “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…”, well I figured the jam sauce would work in a similar way with this pink pudding that Mrs. Cropley would have been proud of.

I dare you to try it!

C xx

Beetroot Pudding


6 oz of plain flour (I used half wholemeal and half white)
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 oz margarine
1 oz sugar
4 oz raw beetroot finely grated


* Mix all the ingredients together and bind together with 3 or 4 tablespoons of milk until the consistency is soft like cake mix.
* Add several drops of your favourite flavouring essence (I used the banana essence I had left over from making mock bananas – see video here!)
* Turn mixture into a greased pie dish and place in a pre-heated oven at around 180 C for 30-40 minutes

Serve with custard or sauce.

Serves 4.


7 thoughts on “Beetroot Pudding – Recipe No. 164

  1. You are amazing and quite adventuresome when it comes to cooking. I will continue to let you being the guinea pig of new recipes and then after you’ve tried them “give them a go” as you say on your side of the pond.


  2. Carolyn, I loved your reference to Mrs Cropley. Her name comes up frequently in my kitchen which happens to be in Seattle and is an ‘in joke’ as nobody within several thousand miles would understand the meaning. As a Brit I frequently rant to my family about pretty much anything that’s not British (McDonalds, Brownies, iced tea).

    We followed the WW2 diet this spring when my husband was laid off from work. I thought the austerity would motivate him to find another job, quickly. However, he loved it! All the pastry, oaty cookies, and puddings. We found ourselves using more sugar than we usually do, and gained weight on it!. He is employed again now and working off the lbs at the gym.

    Well done with the London Marathon this spring. You are truly and inspiration. And your food photos are wonderful.


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