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Carrot Bread

Carrot Bread 12.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Oct 10, 2017

This is quite moist and not too sweet; plus it's a lovely color.

It goes nicely with Tarragon Chicken Salad (see related recipe).

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Make Ahead: The bread is best when eaten within a day, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven.


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Tested size: 12 servings; makes one 9-by-5-inch loaf

  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups grated carrots (from 6 large carrots)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use some butter to grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a mixing bowl.

Combine the 16 tablespoons of butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer; beat on medium speed for several minutes, until fluffy. Stop to scrape down the bowl.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition.

Add the flour mixture to the bowl; beat on low speed until incorporated. Fold in the carrots and walnuts (by hand) until evenly distributed, to form a fairly smooth batter.

Pour into the loaf pan, spreading the batter evenly. Bake (middle rack) for about 1 hour, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, then dislodge the loaf from the pan and cool completely before serving or storing.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this recipe incorrectly credited the recipe to "The Silver Palate Cookbook." Adapted from “Entertaining,” by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, 1982).

Tested by Charlotte Druckman and Ann DiGuilio.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 370

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 23g 35%

Saturated Fat: 11g 55%

Cholesterol: 85mg 28%

Sodium: 230mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 37g 12%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 18g

Protein: 6g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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