Posts Tagged ‘carrot cake’

Hemsley & Hemsley’s new cookbook Good + Simple

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

cover jpegThe lovely Hemsley & Hemsley sisters are back again, with a great new book packed full of ‘Good + Simple’ recipes. Still with the same philosophy for eating food that is ‘delicious, nutritious and sustainable’, they aim to create ‘fast food that is good for you’.

Their dishes are packed full of nutrient laden foods to create a happy, healthy gut and therefore ultimately leading to a healthy body and mind.  There are plenty of vegetables, lots of interesting herbs & spices, but definitely no lack of meat – in fact the sisters advocate ‘boiling the bones’ to make nutritious stock. Natural fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, butter and egg yolk are also encouraged as great ways to add taste and give sustainable energy but they do steer clear of grains, preferring fibre-filled pseudocereals such as quinoa & buckwheat.

From a breakfast of Butternut & Almond Butter Porridge, to lunch of Noodle Pots, soups and salads, these are healthy recipes that also fill you up.

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros

Take the Huevos Rancheros, which is one of Melissa’s all time favourite recipes.  A delicious spicy tomato sauce, zesty guacamole and handfuls of spinach all enveloping the comforting baked eggs – definitely the perfect brunch!

For the full recipe take a look at our website here or catch up with Jasmine and Melissa’s new TV show on Mondays at 8pm on Channel 4. The baked eggs were in the first show aired on Monday 9th May and the show runs for 10 weeks so there will be plenty of delicious recipes to feast your eyes on.

Here’s a trailer for Eating Well:

Here at Steenbergs, we do love to get baking and were so excited by the delicious recipes that we tried some out ourselves! The Carrot Cake was nutty, satisfying and particularly moreish and is now a favourite with gluten free friends…

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

and the Blueberry Muffins were lovely and fruity and made a very healthy snack – perfect with a cup of Steenbergs Rose & Bergamot Tea.

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

We’d love to see photos of any of your creations so do share with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and don’t forget that many of the ingredients are available to buy online at www.steenbergs.co.uk. Happy cooking!

For more information on Hemsley and Hemsley, please visit their website: www.hemsleyandhemsley.com

Perfecting A Carrot Cake Recipe

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
A Slice Of Carrot Cake

A Slice Of Carrot Cake

Jay kept on calling my “gingerbread” “carrot cake” over the last few weeks, so I took the hint and started trying to perfect a carrot cake recipe. 

The first few attempts did not go down with the kids as firstly they contained walnuts (“I always have hated walnuts” was the response, but in our household it is more of a case that if I can see it then I cannot/must not like it) and then I found them a bit too dry.  So walnuts removed and buttermilk added, I have come up with a carrot cake recipe that passes muster – moist and tasty.  You can always add the walnuts back in again should you so wish; I would suggest 115g / 4oz / 1 cup of chopped walnuts.

The kids got to the icing and topped it with a vast amount of sprinkles which they loved eating as much as the cake itself.  Overall, it is not a bad way to claim you have eaten one of your 5 -a-day.

For the cake:

175g / 6oz / ¾ cup unsalted butter
175g / 6oz / ¾ cup light muscovado sugar
3 egg yolks at room temperature and gently whisked
3 egg whites at room temperature
30ml / 2 tbsp sunflower oil or buttermilk 
175g / 6oz / 1½ cups organic self-raising flour
5ml /1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt, finely ground
¾ tsp organic cinnamon powder
½ tsp organic ground nutmeg
50g / 2oz / ½ cup ground almonds
225g / 8 oz / 1½ cups freshly grated carrot

For the icing:

175g / 6oz / ¾ cup mascarpone cheese, or cream cheese
40g / 1½oz / 3tbsp icing sugar
1tbsp lemon juice
Walnuts or sprinkles to decorate

Set the oven to 160C / 325F.  Line a large loaf tin with baking parchment (dimensions: 12 x 19cm; 4½ x 7½ inches).

Sieve the self-raising flour, salt, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and baking powder together into a large mixing bowl.  Separate the egg yolks and whites; mix the egg yolks together gently with a fork or a whisk and set the egg whites aside. 

Cut the butter into small pieces and put into a mixing bowl, then add in the soft brown sugar.  Cream together the butter and soft brown sugar.  Add the egg yolks and the buttermilk or oil and whisk until thoroughly mixed in.

Put Butter And Sugar In Mixing Bowl

Put Butter And Sugar In Mixing Bowl

Cream The Butter And Sugar

Cream The Butter And Sugar

Add the self-raising flour together with the other dry ingredients and the ground almonds; mix it all up with a silicone spatula or hand whisk. 

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then add this and the grated carrots to the cake batter and fold in fully.

Add The Whipped Egg Whites And Stir In

Add The Whipped Egg Whites And Stir In

Scoop the carrot cake batter into the prepared loaf tin. 

Scoop The Carrot Cake Batter Into The Loaf Tin

Scoop The Carrot Cake Batter Into The Loaf Tin

Put into the centre of the warmed oven and bake for about 70 minutes.  As the hour comes up, start checking the carrot cake by gently pressing the top in the centre to feel whether it feels springy and spongy rather than liquidy; when done a skewer should come out without any dampness on it.

Leave to stand for 10 minutes, then turn out of loaf tin, remove the baking paper and allow to cool on a wire rack. 

Baked Carrot Cake, Cooled And Ready For Icing

Baked Carrot Cake, Cooled And Ready For Icing

When cool, it is time to start preparing the mascarpone ice cream.  To make the cream cheese icing, put all the icing ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly.  Spread this over the top of the carrot cake and decorate with sprinkles or walnuts or other nuts for that matter.

Spread The Mascarpone Icing Over The Carrot Cake

Spread The Mascarpone Icing Over The Carrot Cake

Decorate Your Carrot Cake

Decorate Your Carrot Cake

Enjoy with tea or a coffee, or indulge yourself and enjoy as is and without the excuse of a beverage.