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 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.)