Sunday, December 2, 2012

Carrot, walnut & raisin loaf

Throw away those box mixes of carrot cake/bread. Seriously. This recipe is simple to make, delicious and nutritious too! All it takes is some grating action, of fresh carrots that is, and you are on your way to flavorful goodness. I am still on my healthy-winter-sweets kick and what a better way to incorporate health into a small little bread loaf than by adding 1 cup of fresh grated carrots, 1/3 cup toasted walnuts, and 1/4 cup raisins. Here is how to do it:

Ingredients (original recipe from here, but I kicked the nutrition factor up a notch): 
-1 cup freshly grated carrots
-1/4 cup raisins
-1/3 cup walnuts 
-1 stick unsalted butter (I used real butter because it has lots of health benefits, see this)
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1 cup whole-wheat flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For cream cheese frosting:
-4 ounces cream cheese
-1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

What to do?
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and put some flour on loaf pan, set aside. Put raisins in a bowl, add water and let them soak (to plump them up). Toast walnuts for about 1 to 2 minutes on low-medium heat -- be careful not burn them. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients. 

In yet another bowl, add the butter (at room temperature) and sugar and mix together using an electric mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix again until light and fluffy. Add carrots, raisins, and walnuts and mix together. Then slowly begin adding dry ingredients and mixing together. Beat until just combined. 
Transfer batter to pan and bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Make cream cheese frosting by mixing ingredients with blender until creamy and set aside. Let cake cool completely before adding the cream cheese frosting. 
This little cake-bread is not very sweet and is just the perfect thing to enjoy with a cup of tea, milk, or coffee. Rico!
 


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