I had a craving for cakey goodness on the weekend but I’ve been overdoing it a bit lately with the junk food, so I wanted to make something that I could justify as healthy.
I thought I’d try something from my new baking recipe book – it’s Australian Women’s Weekly so it’s pretty hard to go wrong with anything they do! I found recipe for carrot and raisin bread, and so I altered it slightly to fit all the ingredients that I did/didn’t have in the house – more carrot, sultanas instead of raisins, no nuts, half wholemeal flour, and vegan butter substitute instead of regular butter (not because I’m vegan, just because I had it in the fridge and wanted to use it in baking rather than spread on bread, I think it’s kinda revolting unless it’s cooked into something and you can’t taste it).
My slightly altered version of the recipe is:1 1/2 cups grated carrot 1 cup sultanas 3/4 cup sugar (I used raw) 3/4 cup water 30g Nuttelex (or any butter substitute) 1 tspn cinnamon 1 tspn allspice 3/4 cup self raising flour 3/4 cup plain wholemeal flour 1/2 tspn bicarb soda Start by putting the carrot, sultanas, sugar, Nuttelex and water in a saucepan and heating gently until the sugar is melted. Once the sugar is melted, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes then set aside to cool to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 140C, grease a loaf tin and line the base with baking paper. Transfer carrot mixture to a large mixing bowl, and sift in the dry ingredients. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour.
Leave in tin to cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto wire rack to cool.
I can never wait until these type of things are cool before eating them, I have no patience for waiting for my food too long! This was a bit ugly looking, all knobbly with slightly burnt sultanas (I love them, they go kind of chewy and toffee-like), but it was actually really tasty warm from the oven. It didn’t need anything else with it, but I think that if it was cold then maybe spread with butter or vanilla yoghurt might be really good.