Sunday, September 6, 2009

Carrot Bread at Master Gardener Class

League Member Bonnie Newhoff contributed many recipes to the cookbook but this is a favorite. My entire kitchen spelled wonderful when I simmered the carrots and spices. It was like a sweet 'carrot soup.' Debbie Brooks, an intern in my Master Gardener class, bought another cookbook after class. Her neighbor also enjoyed the aroma of freshly baked carrot bread when Debbie made it and wanted a book herself. (This book is so easy to promote. It sells itself.)

Carrot Bread page 197

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups water
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup grated carrots (about 3 large ones)
1 cup raisins
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped

Combine the sugar, water, butter, carrots, raisins, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Let stand until room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl and mix well. Add the flour mixture to the carrot mixture and mix until combined. Stir in the walnuts. Spoon the batter into a greased and floured 5 X 9 inch loaf pan and bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 1 loaf