Really. They are. Would I lie to you? I love you all to death so I would never lie about something as important as the ickiness factor surrounding those orange…things.
I don’t like carrots (in case the above sentences didn’t clarify that). I will eat baby carrots if they are cooked almost to the point of mush and then covered in about 16 pounds of butter
per carrot and salt. I will eat carrot cake. I mean c’mon, it has cream cheese frosting and is gooey and…well…it’s cake. I can forgive it for having carrots.
I’m also that person who, upon getting one of those bagged salad mixes, picks out every single carrot shred out of my bowl and throws it in my husbands serving. Raw carrots are even yuckier than cooked ones.
But… BUT I say! I like carrot cake. So when I saw a recipe for a quick bread that had a strong resemblance to carrot cake
or would once I got through with it, I knew I had to make it. The original recipe is from Food And Wine. For the most part, I was true to the original but I seriously wanted it to be a bit more carrot cakeish but in quick bread form. That way if I wanted six slices for breakfast, I could honestly say that 1) I was NOT eating cake for breakfast and 2) it has carrots in it so it’s good for me. Right? So I added more spice to it, a TOUCH more oil (and I do mean just a little; just enough to increase the moistness w/out compromising the stability of the bread), raisins and the crowning touch of a cream cheese glaze.
This is good. Really good. I may or may not have eaten three slices already and scraped all the excess glaze out of the bowl with my
Don’t judge me.
cake bread, stuffed full of raisins and sweet spices and a tangy sweet and creamy cream cheese glaze. And oh yeah, those orange things. What are they called again? Oh yeah… carrots.
Go buy some orange things and some cream cheese.
And you’re welcome.
Spiced Brown Sugar Carrot Bread With A Cream Cheese Glaze
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger (not Mary Ann, not Gilligan… Ginger 😛 )
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar (the original recipe calls for light brown; I subbed dark brown. Your call.)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
- 2 1/2 cups shredded carrots
- 2/3 cups raisins
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- heavy cream or milk if needed to thin glaze
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray two 8 inch loaf pans (don’t use 9 inch for these; the finished loaves will be too thin) with cooking spray or grease and flour pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, spices, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugars until smooth.
- Add the oil in a thin stream, beating at high speed until the batter has pretty much doubled in volume. This will take about 3 minutes or so.
- Beat in the extracts.
- Fold in the shredded carrots and the raisins.
- Beat in the dry ingredients in three batches, beating well after each one. Note that this called for beating well, unlike most quick breads that call for beating until just barely combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pans, dividing evenly.
- Bake in the middle of a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes to an hour or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let the loaves cool in the pan for ten minutes before turning out onto a rack to finish cooling.
- While they cool, make your glaze.
- Combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat well at high speed until light and fluffy.
- Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat well. Continue beating until the glaze is creamy and smooth. If too thick, add a touch of heavy cream or milk. But add dribbles at time to prevent getting it soupy. Glaze the bread with a thick gooey coating of the yummy stuff.
- Serve cut into nice thick slices, spread with any remaining glaze. Store this covered in the fridge due to the cream cheese glaze. Alternately, you could leave it unglazed and just use keep the glaze refrigerated and spread it on at serving time.
- P.S.- if you omit the glaze, this is a good vegetarian breakfast or snack. I’ll cry of course if you DO omit it but that’s ok.