Savory Beetroot and Spinach Yeast Bread

by | Bread Muffins & Crackers

Crazy delicious, healthy, savory yeast bread, showstopper beetroot with garlic and spinach with lemon and caramelized onions braided to perfection. 

beetroot and spinach yeast bread
Beetroot and Spinach Yeast Bread

Beetroot and Spinach

Can we just talk about their striking colors together for a moment? I was first inspired by the bright green and crimson, if not magenta, colors of the beet greens. 

I’ll bet you throw those beet greens away? Please don’t! Sauté them in a little olive oil, garlic and a splash of lemon, just as you might with kale, and serve them as an insanely healthy side. Or, drop them into soup, just don’t throw them away. 

Once I was focused on the colors in the leaf, I knew I had to replicate those colors in a gorgeous loaf of bread. I’m sure since it’s December, I was also inspired by the colors of the holiday season too.

beets and spinach
Beets and Spinach

Spinach Spanakopita and Fatayer

Back in the 50’s and 60’s, no one ate spinach salad. We just never ate spinach raw. How dumb was that! 

Fortunately for me, having grown up in a Mediterranean influenced home, the way we cooked spinach was so delicious. A light sauté in a pan of olive oil, lemon, caramelized onions, oregano and salt. 

Mediterranean spinach dishes
Mediterranean Spinach Dishes

Mediterranean style cooking of vegetables seemed to brighten the flavors of vegetables rather than drown them in butter or boil them completely to flavorless mush. (I’m allowed to say that because my hubby is British and said that’s how they did it, yuk!)

Greeks and Arabs prepare their spinach in the Mediterranean way and then wrap it in some type of pastry, phyllo or homemade pastry dough. 

I’ll bet little kids growing up in that culture never complained about eating their spinach! So good!

making yeast dough with vegetables
Making Yeast Dough with Vegetables

Beet Roots and Beet Greens

While I only just discovered a few years ago, while living in Brazil, that beetroot juice is pressed from the beets and drank; raw. 

Also, later in life, I discovered that beet roots, also known as sugar beets, are just that; sweet. One of my favorite cakes is made from sugar beets. 

On a weekday basis, though, I like to enjoy beets made savory; roasted or boiled then tossed in olive oil and garlic. I also like the beet greens this way too. 

Beets and Spinach Yeast Bread

What? Are you kidding? Oh My Goodness you don’t know what you’re missing. Not only is the color blend pretty enough to wear, but the flavors enhanced by caramelized onions, garlic, lemon and salt never tasted better in a bread. 

Once the spinach was wilted and onions caramelized, the spinach and yeast dough went together easy. 

Having boiled the beets earlier, they had cooled and were ready to puree with a little garlic and olive oil and make that into a yeast dough. 

Both doughs rose in about an hour. I expected longer but with an egg in each dough, the rise time was really quick. 

spinach or beet loaves
Spinach or Beet Loaves
spinach and beet braids
Spinach and Beet Braids

Shaping Two Savory Yeast Doughs Together Into One

The beet dough alone would have been fabulous, as would have been the spinach dough. Both would have baked to perfection and be fabulous served with anything from a full coarse dinner to a tapas spread. 

Seeing how it is December, as I am making my first bread such as this, I knew I had to braid the two together to look like a wreath. So pretty.

Before I cut into the bread, they looked like a pinwheel, but once I cut the bread open, the colors were even lighter and brighter on the inside and looked like a quilt. 

beet and spinach wreath bread
Beet and Spinach Wreath Bread

Holiday Bread or Healthy Bread

Delight yourself and make this bread for holiday season, but by all means save this recipe for grilling season, salad season or just make it to take on a picnic along with cheese, fruit and some sips. 

This week, though, I am sitting fireside, next to my decorated Christmas tree and enjoying every bite with fabulous cheese and a glass of red. 

easy yeast bread
Easy Yeast Bread

Happy Healthy Holiday Season To YOU!

Ingredients Needed

  • Beets
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Yeast
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Spinach
  • Onion
  • Lemon
savory bread ingredients
Savory Bread Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Food processor
  • Baking sheet pan, or Pie dish
  • Basting brush
  • Saute pan
  • Sauce pan
  • Cutting board
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Chopping knife
  • Stovetop or burner
  • Oven
beet and spinach dough
Beet and Spinach Dough
vegetable dough rises quickly
Vegetable Dough Rises Quickly

Savory Beetroot and Spinach Yeast Bread

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Bread Muffins u0026amp; CrackersCuisine: Mediterranean
Servings

12

servings

Healthy, savory yeast bread, of beetroot with garlic and spinach with lemon and caramelized onions braided to perfection. 

Ingredients

  • Beet Dough

  • Cooked beets – 1 cup, 1 medium or 3 little

  • Egg – 1

  • Garlic – 1 clove

  • Yeast – 2 tsp

  • Sugar – 2 tsp

  • Salt – 1 tbsp

  • Flour – 3-4 cups, more for shaping

  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp

  • Spinach Dough

  • Spinach – 1 lb

  • Onion – 1 small

  • Lemon – 1/2

  • Olive oil – 3 tbsp

  • Egg – 1

  • Yeast – 2 tsp

  • Sugar – 2 tsp

  • Salt – 1 tbsp

  • Flour – 3-4 cups, more for shaping

  • Egg wash – 1 egg with 1 tbsp water, mixed

Directions

  • Beets
  • Peel and chop the beets into small cube. Just barely cover with water and simmer until soft. Cool.
  • In a food processor, puree the strained beets (saving the beet water), with crushed garlic clove and the egg. Measure out this mixture in a measuring cup, to equal 1 1/2 cups of liquid. If not enough, add a little of the reserved beet cooking water to complete the measurements.
  • In a mixing bowl, place the yeast, sugar and beet mixture. Add salt and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Blend.
  • Slowly fold in the flour until the dough comes together and no longer feels sticky. No heavy kneading needed, just press and fold flour into the dough until it’s not sticky.
  • Clean the bowl, brush with 1 tbsp olive oil, return the beet dough to the oiled bowl, cover and let rise about an hour.
  • Spinach
  • In a sauté pan, place 2 tbsp of olive oil, finely chopped onion, spinach and lemon juice from half a lemon. Cover and let simmer until onions are soft and spinach is wilted. Cool.
  • Place this mixture (liquid and all), in a food processor, puree with salt and the egg. Measure the mixture to obtain 1 1/2 cups of liquid. If more is needed, simply drizzle in enough water to obtain measurement.
  • In a mixing bowl, place the yeast, sugar and spinach mixture.
  • Slowly fold in the flour until the dough comes together and no longer feels sticky.
  • Clean the bowl, brush with 1 tbsp olive oil, return the spinach dough to the oiled bowl, cover and let rise about an hour.
  • Assemble and Bake
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Brush a very little amount of olive oil on the pan or plates for baking.
  • When both doughs have risen, punch the dough down, roll out into a long log on a floured surface. Cut each rolled out log into 4 pieces. Stretch these pieces to about a foot long each.
  • Lay one spinach log and one beet log side by side and twist them together. Bring the twisted log into a circle, or leave in a long twisted loaf. Place on baking sheet, loaf pan or dish. Brush with egg wash.
  • Bake until golden crust on top, about 25-30 minutes.

Recipe Video

@whiskanddine Savory Beet Root & Spinach Holiday Bread. Yeast bread made easy! ♬ Music Food (Director Cut Mix) – Chad

Notes

  • While the steps appear long, it is actually two doughs but prepared mostly the same as one.
Christmas bread
Christmas Bread
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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Paula
11 months ago

Thank you for the wonderful recipe! Healthy recipies! Im so thankful! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

 

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