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Ever since I was a young child baking has been passion of mine. Whether you are alone, chilling with friends or even just really stressed out and needing a way to relax, baking for me has always been a place for me to go. Baked goods are not just delicious but are also extremely fun to make and when you gift someone something your created with your very own two hands, it makes it that much more special. I have never been one for sports, dance or any of those co-curriculars because I am not all that coordinated, so baking is the way I love to pass the time and is a skill I have been working on for a great number years now. This blog is a place where my love of baking and photography meet hand in hand and is also a place filled with my all time favourite recipes. So join me on my baking journey, it does not matter who you are and why you want to learn, just dive in or "dig in" and lets make some SCRUMPTIOUS food!

Carrot-Walnut Loaf

Carrot-Walnut Loaf

I love carrot cake, it is probably the best kind of cake there is but sadly it is niether my birthday nor a special occasion very often. This Sunday I was looking through cook book's in my bedroom and stumbled upon a carrot-raisin loaf. I am not a huge fan of raisins, so I decided to modify the recipe and use walnuts instead. I also have adjusted the recipe to make it more moist and flavourful. When I was about 7 years old I used to bake my "famous" lemon loaf, and have not baked a loaf in a very long time. This loaf is definitely much better than the lemon loaf and will for sure be something I continue to make.

This is not a very difficult recipe to make but the key is to make it fluffy and moist by not over (or under) baking it and by beating it with a hand held mixer for the long enough amount of time. I like to serve this recipe straight out of the oven or when it is a few days old, warmed up in the microwave with a little but of butter on top. Weather you are eating this at breakfast with a cup of coffee or after dinner for desert, I can ensure you that you will find this recipe truley and utterly SCRUMPTIOUS!

Ingredients: 

Servings: Makes one 9x5 loaf

  • 1 Cup + 3 Tablespoons of Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 1 1/4 cups + 3 Tablespoons of All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons of ground Cinnamon 
  • 1/2 a Teaspoon of Seasalt
  • 1 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Walnuts 
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/4 Cups of Shredded Carrots
  • About 3 Tablespoons of any Brown Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Using 3 tablespoons of the Oil and 2 tablespoons of flour, oil and flour the loaf pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl combine the Cinamon, baking powder, salt and the remaining flour (1 1/4 of a cup) and set aside.
  4. Grate the carrots and leave for later use.
  5. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, and sugar using a handheld electric mixer, do this for about 3 minutes on a medium power.
  6. While you are still mixing, gradually add in one cup of oil and the vanilla extract and mix for another minute or so after adding.
  7. Fold in the dry ingredients into the wet ones with a baking spatula (this is so you do not lose the air you created when mixing).
  8. Pour batter into the loaf pan and Sprinkle the top with the brown sugar.
  9. Bake for about 45 minutes or when you poke it with a tester and it comes out clean.
  10. Enjoy!
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