Showing posts with label Easter Week. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easter Week. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Carrot Strawberry Bundt Cake for #Easter #recipe from @DarylWoodGerber

Perfect for a book club event!

It's Easter week!!

From Daryl aka Avery:

For those who celebrate Easter, happy pre-Easter. May you find a recipe on our blog that suits your fancy. 

For those who don't celebrate Easter, happy Spring.  And may you ALSO find a recipe that pleases you. Let's face it, food is food. Enjoy!

So...I had a small party and I always serve veggie platters, and I had lots of little carrots left over and thought, aha, I know what I'll make for Easter week. I also had some strawberries that weren't quite at their peak. You know what I mean...hard but sweet. I went searching for a carrot cake with strawberries on the Internet and found...

A strawberry carrot cake made in a Bundt pan. It was made using regular flour. I tweaked it to make it gluten-free, but for those of you who can eat gluten, feel free to swap out the gluten-free flour for regular flour and OMIT the xanthan gum.

As for the Bundt fellow MLK'ers were recently discussing the value of a Bundt cake pan and whether you really need one to make a cake. Many people simply use a tube pan. I like the shapes of a Bundt pan, plus I think the cake has more room to "breathe" when cooking. But that's just me. See,  I ADORE my Bundt cake pan. I've had it for years. It's stoneware from Pampered Chef. I attended a party one time and helped out the hostess by buying a number of items - that I still use! My chopper. My pizza round bakeware. And my Bundt pan. It cooks so evenly.

But now to the nitty gritty. When making this cake, which was not hard, I was not very excited about the way the photograph for the icing turned out. Honestly, it looks sort of weird. It tasted terrific!  But  for "beauty sake" I might leave the chopped strawberries out of it in the future, you know?

No matter how you make it, enjoy! 

Strawberry Carrot Gluten-free Bundt Cake

2 1/2 c. gluten-free flour
1 1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. finely shredded carrots
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. low-fat plain yogurt (*or sour cream) (*or ¼ cup milk + ¼ cup cream cheese – you might want to pre-mix this to get out lumps)
1/3 c. water
1/2 c. chopped pecans (if desired)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
2 eggs
1 c. finely chopped strawberries
Strawberry Cream Cheese Glaze

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease Bundt cake pan.

In a large bowl, beat gluten-free flour, brown sugar, carrots, oil, yogurt OR sour cream, water, pecans (if desired), baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, and eggs, on low speed for 45 seconds, scraping bowl constantly.

Then beat on medium speed another minute, occasionally scraping bowl.

Fold in strawberries.

Pour the mixture into the Bundt pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10-15 minutes. Run a knife around the rim and the center of the Bundt pan. Turn the Bundt cake upside down and remove cake from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack, at least 1 hour.

Meanwhile, prepare strawberry cream cheese glaze.

2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1-2 tbsp. mashed strawberries
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. milk, if needed

Beat all ingredients except sugar in small bowl on low speed until blended. Gradually beat in sugar until well blended.  If needed, add 1 teaspoon milk to thin.

Spoon onto cake. Serve. Wrap any uneaten cake with plastic and refrigerate.


Perfect for a book club event!

A couple of weeks ago, I also shared a delicious little treat for kids (or adults) that are in the shapes of Easter eggs. Here's the link for Breakfast Yogurt Popsicles (made with protein yogurt, blueberries, and granola!) LINK

Savor the mystery!

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

#Easter #recipes -- Carrot-Walnut Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

LESLIE: Why did the bunny cross the road? To get one of these!

Seriously, why do we associate bunnies with Easter? Let alone the egg thing. Turns out, it’s a German legend that probably grew out of the medieval association of rabbits with fertility, because they breed like—well, like rabbits. Some ancients apparently believed that rabbits were hermaphrodites and reproduced without sex, making them ripe for association with the Virgin Mary. (This is getting a little weird, isn’t it?)

So where do the eggs come in? Birds were also an early symbol of fertility. In the Orthodox church, believers did not eat eggs during the Lenten fast. To preserve them for later, they boiled or pickled the eggs, then ate them on Easter, when the fast was broken. Decorating them became part of the celebration.

Eventually, the legends merged, and the Osterhase, or Easter Hare, was born. Or hatched. Like all good mythic holiday figures, he brings gifts for the good children—decorated eggs. The legend came to the U.S. with 19th century German immigrants, no doubt including mine. They also brought us St. Nick and the decorated tree, but happily, those legends have stayed separate.

Beatrix Potter made the clothed rabbit a familiar figure, trotting through the carrot patch.

And that path leads to carrot cake. Which I love, but I wanted to try something different. On my way to digging out my mother’s old recipe for carrot cookies with orange frosting, I found these. They’re a cross between a bar cookie and cake, denser than cake but not heavy. And according to Mr. Right, they make an excellent breakfast.

Half a cup of golden raisins would be a lovely addition. The frosting recipe below is half a typical cake recipe, so if you’d like to use it on a two-layer cake, double it.

(Back before my first book came out, I took a watercolor class. Behold, Bunny Two Ears and Bunny with a Gleam in His Eye!)

Carrot-Walnut Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot-Walnut Bars

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking power
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup oil (I used canola)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups grated carrots (2-3 medium carrots)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray a 13X9 inch baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add eggs, oil, and vanilla, and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the carrots, walnuts, and coconut.

Spread batter into pan and bake 25-28 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on a rack. Frost. Cut in bars and store in refrigerator. Makes 24 bars.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3-4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup (half a stick) butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
milk to thin, if necessary

 With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Add up to a teaspoon of milk to thin, if necessary.

Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating well, until frosting reaches an easy-to-spread consistency.

  Okay, we ate a couple before I took the picture. No eggs for me, I guess!

From the cover of TREBLE AT THE JAM FEST, Food Lovers' Village Mystery #4 (Midnight Ink, June 2017):  

Erin Murphy, manager of Murphy’s Mercantile (aka the Merc), is tuning up for Jewel Bay’s annual Jazz Festival. Between keeping the Merc’s shelves stocked with Montana’s tastiest local fare and hosting the festival’s kick-off concert, Erin has her hands full.

Discord erupts when jazz guitarist Gerry Martin is found dead on the rocks above the Jewel River. The one-time international sensation had fallen out of sync with festival organizers, students, and performers. Was his death an accident?or did someone even the score?

Despite the warning signs to not get involved, Erin investigates. And when the killer attacks, she orchestrates her efforts into one last crescendo, hoping to avoid a deadly finale.

Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The past president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat, an avid bird-watcher. 

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