A trip down carrot lane

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For Pesach the fridge geography often becomes creative as the bins are stuffed to the brim with potato, onion, lettuce, and carrots. For reasons still unknown to either E or I, I didn’t use one carrot for the entire Pesach. So, we had about 2½ pounds of the stuff that I needed to use sooner than later.

I love raw carrots, but knew I couldn’t eat that many before they went bad, so I decided to do something I don’t often do.

I baked.

I pulled out my new favourite Gluten Free Cookbook and looked up the carrot cake recipe and went to town. I should note to the masses (of my three readers) that I do not own many appliances due to lack of space (we measure the kitchen walls in Inches) and thus questioning of need. Besides the necessary sink, stove/oven, and fridge we have a microwave (which I use more for the timer than anything), and battling for countertop space is a 2-slice toaster, a rice cooker/vegetable steamer, e’s blender, and a crock pot. There is a mini $10 food processor but I rarely use it as it doesn’t hold much and is a pain to clean.

Do you see something missing on the list (ok, it would normally live in a drawer or a cabinet)? Something that has been around since 1908 and has made life — baking life — much easier?

That’s right, I don’t even own a manual egg beater, much less an electric one. I don’t bake much anymore so I can’t quite justify precious kitchen space to an appliance I won’t often use.

In baking this cake I proved to myself that while it was a slightly more physical exercise and slighty more time intensive, I don’t need an electric mixer to bake a cake and ice it from scratch.

I emailed my mom about this, I was surprised at how many processes surrounding cake making and icing came back to me as if I hadn’t taken a twenty year break from them. I’m slightly worried that I’ve re-caught the baking bug. Why worried? It’s getting warmer (who wants to turn on an oven for any amount of time) and I have a hard enough time finding people to give my knits to. Since most people I know live in far off states, who will I give all these sugar-laden confections to?

Sure, this one wasn’t perfect, but for a first carrot cake and one produced in what I consider quite imperfect conditions, it was quite yummy.

How do I know?

There wasn’t any left by the time I got around to trying to take a photo for this post.

I used up the remainder of the carrots by making a Carrot Soup which was yummy, but not filling as a main course.

Wikipedia accessed 20090419 (yeah, I used wikipedia as a SOURCE. deal. it gave me the 1908 figure which sounded reasonable to me.)

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3 Replies to “A trip down carrot lane”

  1. I know a few wild bunnies who would love to crunch on raw carrots. (I buy at least 5 pounds for them every week.) And of course, tea and carrot cake would be nice for us…

  2. That’s where having lots of kids comes in handy. I love to bake — and I don’t have to eat everything I bake! (having a big freezer helps too.)

    I’m not very practiced with gluten free though, although my potato kugel qualifies and is very good. I could probably come up with some other tasty things if I tried. The meringue cookies I make for Pesach definitely require a stand mixer, but are yummy. (Making meringues by hand is possible, and I have done it, but it is very tiring and takes forever, and standing there with a hand mixer is also taxing on different muscles, so eventually, once I burned out 2 or 3 electric hand mixers on a different (gebrokts) Pesach cookie recipe, I gave in and bought a stand mixer for Pesach)

  3. Yum! Carrot cake is my fave. Neal’s sister baked one for our wedding cake…just the yummiest!

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