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Carrot Bread

Carrot Bread

Today we celebrated Sara’s first birthday with our closest friends, it was a warm, friendly get together with lots of good food and most importantly, great conversation. And, needless to say, Sara was very spoiled and got the attention she wanted with all the cards, phone calls, gifts, cards and friends who came over. I should probably not go into the whole, ‘I can’t believe she just turned 1’ but I can’t help it, it sometimes feels like she has been with us forever and sometimes it feels like she was born yesterday. It’s not always a smooth ride; we go through the bumps and make sure to focus on the rest. She certainly has filled our lives with more joy, laughter and fun than we could have ever imagined.  Happy Birthday Sara!

Now, since this is a food blog, I should probably at least mention something about the cake, daddy and I made a simple carrot bread, we chose carrot bread rather than a cake with lots of icing and food coloring because we wanted her to enjoy her first birthday cake without worrying about potential allergies and she did enjoy it, maybe even a little too much!

This carrot bread is loaded with carrots, it’s not too sweet and has a tender moist crumb, and it’s also dairy free. I posted the zucchini version of this recipe over the summer; I prefer the carrot one in the winter. Ms. Beranbaum recommends making the bread 24 hours ahead of time so the flavours have a chance to meld and the moisture gets distributed. Carrots are mostly water, so to make up for the small amount of flour and the large quantity of carrots, raisins are used both to sweeten and to absorb the moisture. The somewhat dry raisins become plump and juicy by the time you taste the cake.

  • 1 ½ cup + 1 ½ tbsp all-purpose of whole wheat pastry flour plus more for the pan
  • ½ tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup turbinado sugar
  • ¼ cup oil plus more for the pan
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • 3 ½ cups coarsely grated carrots
  • 1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a loaf pan, tap out the excess, set aside. In a large bowl, mix the eggs and sugar with a whisk, add the apple sauce and oil, sift the dry ingredients directly over the eggs, mix to combine, fold in the grated carrots and raisins with a spatula. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean. Let it cool in the pan and wrap in plastic wrap until ready to serve.
Carrot Bread

Carrot Bread


10 comments to Carrot Bread

  • I am going to test this recipe out on my family as muffins soon. If we love it the way I am suspecting I will make it at work for the preschoolers breakfast. A great use for the local carrots I can get donated all winter.


  • LindenTea

    Hi Robin, I hope you like the muffins, the original recipe calls for a cup of sugar, I usually use 1/2-3/4 cup, depending on who I am making it for. Let me know how they turn out.

  • LindenTea

    Thank you Mihaela. :)

  • I remember the excitement when each of my kids turned one. It sounds as though your little one had a special day – with a wonderful cake.

  • Sounds like a yummy carrot bread…nice healthy choice in place of cake. The apple sauce must keep it so moist. Great recipe.

  • Sevgili Sara, sana mutlu, sağlıklı ve başarılı bir yaşam dilerim… Şirin mumlarla süslenmiş, doğum günü pastası çok şeker görünüyor, tadına bakamadım ama çok lezzetli olduğunu denediğim diğer tariflerden biliyorum… Ellerine sağlık Megi, sevgiler.

  • LindenTea

    Cookin’ Canuck and Karen, thank you for your comments, it was indeed a good choice for a 1st birthday.

    Sevgili Asli, guzel dilekleriniz icin tekrar cok tesekkur ederim, cok naziksiniz, umarim bir gun Sara da bu satirlari okur. :)

  • Megiciğim, minik Sara’m a uzuuuuuuuuuuun, huzurlu, sağlıklı bir ömür diliyorum. Buradayken bile, ne kadar çabuk büyümüştü. Zaman uçup gidiyor. İlk sözcüklerini, okula başladığının da haberini de burada paylaşırsın umarım. Minik Sarayı öp benim için. Havuçlu ekmek ise Sara için tam bir pasta muadili olmuş. İyi ki doğdun Sara.

  • LindenTea

    Cok tesekkur ederiz Bengu’cugum. :)

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