Thursday, 18 November 2010

What's next from Jamie..favourite recipe mmmm

The Next Chapter: The Happy Book Week 13 from Jamie Ridler on Vimeo.

There can only be one favourite recipe of mine! I love making this carrot cake as folks enjoy it soooo much i've even used the recipe to make carrot cake muffins.. it takes some time to grate those carrots though i sometimes do them the night before or I draft 'my guys' in to grate the carrots!
150ml/¼ pint sunflower oil

100g/4oz soft light brown sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

75g/3oz golden syrup

175g/6oz wholemeal self-raising flour

1 level tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground allspice

½ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

200g/7oz finely grated carrots ( or 10 OZ and omit the sultana's)

75g/3oz sultanas

For the topping
150g/5oz cream cheese

40g/1½oz icing sugar

Preparation method
Preheat oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3. You will need a greased and lined 18cm/7in round or square baking tin.

In a large bowl or electric mixer, whisk together the oil, sugar, eggs and golden syrup until totally combined. Mix in the remaining cake ingredients and pour into the prepared tin.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes for a round cake, or 30 minutes for the square, until nicely risen and firm but springy when lightly pressed. Insert a skewer through the centre if you're not sure. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cake is cooling, make the topping. Warm the marmalade in a microwave or small saucepan until melted. Beat it into the cream cheese with the coconut cream and icing sugar. Place in the fridge to firm up, and when cold spread over the cooled cake.

For a final touch, grate over some nutmeg or dust with some ground cinnamon. Because the carrot cake has been made using oil, it will stay moist for quite a few days in an airtight container if you can bear not to eat it straight away.

30 mins to 1 hour
preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour
cooking time

Makes 8-12 slices

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